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Daniel Herskedal - The Roc (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Daniel Herskedal
Title: The Roc
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Edition Records Ltd.
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 48:14
Recorded: August Wanngren at Athletic Sound, Halden, Norway in June 6-8 2016


Over the last 2 years, Daniel Herskedal, Helge Andreas Norbakken and Eyolf Dale (also on Edition) have defined themselves as one of the most unique and innovative small ensembles in Europe today, bringing together a vast mix of influences from Folk, Jazz, Classical and Arabic music.
The sublime Slow Eastbound Train, released in 2015, took Herskedal’s international profile to new heights. He toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan, culminating in a 26min commission from the BBC Concert Orchestra, performed at London Jazz Festival 2016.
A strong Arabic influence runs throughout The Roc, which has its roots in inspiring trips Herskedal made to Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Themes of place and travelling are ever-present, as they were on Slow Eastbound Train. The titles of some of the compositions originate from the names of scales (Kurd, Bayat, Nahawand To Kurd) and rhythms (Thuraaya) used in them; others from Arabic sayings (There Are Three Things You Cannot Hide; Love, Smoke And A Man Riding On A Camel) and places that inspired the musicians (Hijaz Train Station). The title of the LP itself is a reference to the great bird of pan-Asian mythology.
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Connie Smith - Born to Sing (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Connie Smith
Title: Born to Sing
Genre: Country, Country Pop, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Country Gospel
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:35
Recorded: RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
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Cliff Barrows Directs the Victor Voices In Billy Graham's Crusade Favorites (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Cliff Barrows & the Victor Voices
Title: Cliff Barrows Directs the Victor Voices In Billy Graham's Crusade Favorites
Genre: Gospel
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:35:05
Recorded: RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
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Chrystel Wautier - Before a Song (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Chrystel Wautier
Title: Before a Song
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Bonsaï Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:19
Recorded: La Louvière at EGS Studio by Ruben Wautier


Fille de pasteur, Chrystel Wautier a d’abord été initiée au gospel avant d’étudier le solfège et le piano. En 2000, elle entre au Conservatoire de Bruxelles pour y étudier le chant avec Anca Parghel, la vocaliste roumaine qui a enregistré plusieurs albums avec Jean-Louis Rassinfosse et le pianiste allemand Klaus Ignatzek. En 2005, elle forme un trio avec Quentin Liégeois à la guitare et Sam Gerstmans à la contrebasse et enregistre, deux ans plus tard, son premier album personnel « Between Us », consacré essentiellement à de grands standards, avec Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trompette) et Guy Cabay (vibraphone) en invités. Après avoir participé à l’album « Radoni’s Tribe », hommage rendu au regretté Paolo Radoni, en compagnie de Paolo Loveri (guitare), Charles Loos (piano), Ben Sluijs (saxophone alto) et Gino Latucca (trompette), elle enregistre, en 2010, un deuxième disque personnel, « Peace Of Time », toujours avec Quentin Liégeois à la guitare mais, cette fois, Boris Schmidt à la contrebasse et Ben Sluijs (saxophone alto et flûte) en invité. A l’exception de deux compositions originales, le répertoire est, de nouveau, consacré à de grands classiques et deux thèmes de Joao Gilberto. Avec ce « Before A Song », Chrystel Wautier amorce un véritable virage : plus de standards mais une série de compositions originales qui illustrent un ancrage plus volontiers « pop/jazz », mais toujours avec la même voix fluide et limpide. Une démarche qui a séduit André Manoukian, mais aussi le producteur français Pierre Darmon du label Bonsaï (sur lequel vient de sortir « The Wisthleblowers » de David Linx, Paolo Fresu et Diederik Wissels). Le premier a déclaré à propos de notre compatriote : « On a l’impression qu’elle nous chante dans l’oreille, son phrasé est limpide, elle joue la retenue ». Quant au second, il présente Chrystel Wautier comme « la nouvelle voix céleste du jazz vocal ». Ici, plus de souffleurs mais une rythmique très étoffée et plus volontiers électrique. Au piano, au Fender Rhodes et à la contrebasse sur un thème, Cédric Raymond que l’on a entendu dans le quintet hard bop de Manu Hermia et le quartet de Greg Houben et Fabian Fiorini. A la guitare, Lorenzo Di Maio, membre des quintets de Sal La Rocca et Fabrice Alleman. A la contrebasse, Jacques Pili qui a fait partie du groupe Quatre avec Nicolas Kummert (saxophone ténor) mais est surtout connu pour sa participation aux albums de Maurane, Michel Fugain ou Lara Fabian. A la batterie, Jérôme Klein, élève de Stéphane Galland et Bruno Casdtelluci au Conservatoire de Bruxelles. Enfin, deux invités Micel Seba aux percussions sur six morceaux et Raf Debacker à l’orgue Hammond sur Eternal Life. Au répertoire, à l’exception de Milagre de Dorival Caymmi et Hard Time Lillin’ Floor Blues de Skip James, rien que des compositions originales : trois de Chrystel Wautier (paroles et musique), quatre cosignées avec Cédric Raymond, une avec Lorenzo Di Maio, ainsi que des lyrics posés sur Continuum de Jaco Pastorius. Que ce soit sur des mélodies au tempo soutenu (Before A Song ou Family Tree avec Fender Rhodes et guitare électrique ou Eternal Life avec orgue Hammond), des ballades avec piano (B Town, You Make Me Feel So Good), des atmosphères bluesy (Hard Time Killin’Floor Blues, Continuum) ou un petit détour vers des rythmes brésiliens avec guitare acoustique et percussions (Milagre chanté en portugais), la voix limpide et ondoyante de Chrystel Wautier s’accommode de tous les changements de rythme. --Claude Loxhay
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Christoph Beck Quartet - Reflections (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Christoph Beck Quartet
Title: Reflections
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Double Moon Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 54:13


Things remain exciting. Whenever a smart aleck again verbosely proclaims the downfall of jazz, complains that current protagonists cannot think of anything else than quote the past and their heroes and the music as such is no longer relevant, then some young guy comes along at the same time and brazenly thumbs his nose at the spirit of the times. You can marvel at such not the least in the Jazz thing Next Generation series, which also proves in its 67th release that precisely jazz is an entertaining, individual, modern and relevant art form in every respect in the waning first decades of the 21st century.
This time, the personalized enlivenment comes under the name of Christoph Beck, who comes from the Swabian region of Germany, studied in Stuttgart (with distinction summa cum laude), Vienna and Würzburg, and has played in the Baden-Württemberg Youth Jazz Orchestra and the German Youth Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO). He is a highly talented tenor saxophonist who was awarded the "Young Lions Jazz Award Stuttgart" and received a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. He has played in the Tobias Becker Big Band, the Hot Damn Horns, the Slavko Benic Orkestr, the Südsax saxophone quartet, Antizyklon, the SWR4 and SWR1 bands and in his own ensembles such as "Das letzte Känguru" and numerous big bands (Eberhard Budziat Bigband Project, Stuttgart Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Factory Orchestra, among others). In addition, the young musician has collaborated in various theater and musical productions (West Side Story, Chicago, Rocky, Line1, Faust, Twelfth Night and Happy End) and teaches at the Leonberg Youth Music School. This is proof that well-trained jazz musicians do not have to spend the night under a bridge to get the necessary experience and expertise.
Christoph Beck’s first album under his own name, "Reflections”, together with Andreas Feith (piano), Sebastian Schuster (bass) and Thomas Wörle (drums) has the radiance of a beacon in an increasingly vast German jazz scene. It contains his own compositions without exception and with unconventional titles such as "Grellgruen”, “Nutzlos”, “Unveraenderlich” and “Unbekannte Schatten" that sketch the exploring personality of Beck, who deliberately chose a conventional cast for the recording. Both in ballads as well as up-tempo pieces, the native of Stuttgart goes his own way, which is certain to single him out as a distinctive voice with a unique style. Music like a signature: playful melancholy meets skeptical optimism. Simply too big for commercial pigeonholing.
Beck’s former teacher Rainer Tempel (composition/arrangement) commented that it is always a nice feeling when former students prove with a CD that they stay focused, rehearse, play and record. "Painters paint, actors play and musicians simply make music, regardless of whether anyone else likes it in the beginning. However, someone else definitely likes it in the case of Christoph Beck.” Others will certainly agree with Temple’s opinion soon. "Christoph Beck can play. He and the other musicians of this quartet stand for the 2010 generation of the Stuttgart scene and contribute to keeping it alive here, as something moving and changing. This in turn inspires others.”
Perhaps this is genuine art, which a young jazz musician such as this one has to dominate these days: to compose intelligently and control the melody at the same time, compose intricate harmonies and stay "catchy” at all times. Christoph Beck and his quartet manage to achieve this closing of the circle masterly.
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Frederic Chopin - Works For Piano & Orchestra - Jan Lisiecki, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Krzysztof Urbanski (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Jan Lisiecki, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Krzysztof Urbański
Title: Chopin - Works For Piano & Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:42
Recorded: Hamburg, NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, 6/2016


Jan Lisiecki puts the spotlight on rarely recorded works of the orchestral Chopin, the repertoire that became his calling card and kick-started his international career.
Jan’s release of both piano concertos (recorded at the age of 13 and 14) with Sinfonia Varsovia and Howard Shelley was praised as one of the most exciting contributions to Chopin’s 200th anniversary year in 2010. The two live recordings that have earned Jan the prestigious Diapason Découverte award in May 2010, placed him on the map as a promising newcomer and resulted in his exclusive DG recording deal.
Now, Jan has fulfilled his dreams of completing the orchestral Chopin repertoire: To record all remaining works for piano and orchestra recorded in the studio with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, conducted by the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbanski.
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Charles Lloyd - Manhattan Stories (2014/2017) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Charles Lloyd
Title: Manhattan Stories
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2014/2017
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:42:27
Recorded live at Judson Hall, NYC, September 3, 1965


Charles Lloyd’s status as one of the iconic figures of jazz has been thoroughly established for nearly five decades. His recordings from the ‘60s – especially releases such as Of Course, Of Course, Dream Weaver and Forest Flower – introduced a stunning, new jazz saxophone talent at a time when new ideas were rapidly being triggered by the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Eric Dolphy. But Lloyd had a voice of his own, one that blended rich, contemplative improvising with an irresistible flow of dynamic rhythms. No wonder Down Beat selected Lloyd as Jazz Artist of the Year in 1967.
This live 1965 recording from New York’s Judson Hall features Lloyd with his previously unreleased quartet of Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter, & Pete La Roca.

For the 2xHD transfer of this recording the original 1/4", 15 IPS NAB master tape was played on a Nagra-T modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 tube. The Nagra-T has one of the best transports ever made, having four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head.
2xHD did an analog transfer to DSD256 (11.2nHz) using Merging Horus/Hapi A/D converter and a dCS Vivaldi clocl. Each format (96kHz, 192kHz, DSD2.8mHz, DSD5.6mHz and DSD11.2mHz) was created from that transfer.
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Charles Calello & Orchestra - Direct Hits (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Charles Calello & Orchestra
Title: Direct Hits
Genre: Pop, AM Pop
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:30:16
Recorded: RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
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Carsten Dahl Experience - Caleidoscopia (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Carsten Dahl Experience
Title: Caleidoscopia
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Storyville Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:46:03

The Carsten Dahl Experience is back with a new album, their fourth since their formation in 2007. It all began when renowned Danish jazz pianist Carsten Dahl decided to gather some of his favorite musicians from the Danish jazz stage for a line-up in what he called a “spiritual and musical vision pointing in a lyrical direction and towards abstract music” - a group whose aim was to grow wings with the creation of music. On Caleidoscopia, they manage to levitate once again.
The Carsten Dahl Experience consists of Carsten Dahl on piano, Jesper Zeuthen on altosax, Nils Davidsen on bass and Stefan Pasborg on drums. Even though they’ll be celebrating their decennial playing together next year, their friendship and understanding of one another doesn’t make their music trivial in any way; rather, it forces them to reach higher and more complicated grounds in order to bring forward musical surprises. It’s improvisational jazz at it’s best: The music multiplies and splits up in colourful patterns and rearranges itself into ever-varying themes and motifs; like the myriad of colours and form-shifting patterns you see when looking through a kaleidoscope.
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Cameron Graves - Planetary Prince (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Cameron Graves
Title: Planetary Prince
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Mack Avenue Records II, LLC
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:18:13
Recorded by Brian Soucy at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Visionary pianist, keyboardist, composer and West Coast Get Down founding member Cameron Graves makes his debut with Planetary Prince, packed with the same mind-expanding invention that marked the WCGD's music. Planetary Prince continues an evolution for Graves, his scope and ambition even more evident. There is an infectious raw energy throughout, coupled with terrific melodies and blistering solo work. The core of the band is made up of fellow WCGD players whose musical and personal relationships with Graves stretch back to their high school days: tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, trombonist Ryan Porter, bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. To their ranks are added trumpeter Philip Dizack and bassist Hadrien Feraud, both key figures in the groundbreaking modern L.A. jazz scene.
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