Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ensemble Masques & Olivier Fortin – Buxtehude: Abendmusiken (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ensemble Masques & Olivier Fortin
Title: Buxtehude: Abendmusiken
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:25:00
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

The Abendmusiken were a legendary concert series organised by Buxtehude in Lbeck. Even Johann Sebastian Bach travelled a long way to attend these concerts of sacred and instrumental music and met the master Dietrich Buxtehude, the most famous organist in Europe. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Vox Luminis and the Ensemble Masques have come together to perform a programme of cantatas (Gott hilf mir, denn das Wasser geht mir bis an die Seele, BuxWV 34 | Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10 | Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV 60 | Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41) and instrumental pieces (Sonatas BuxWV 255 and 261). The recording assembles leading specialists of this repertory, with the expert voices of Vox Luminis combining with the vitality of the instrumentalists of Ensemble Masques.

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Buster Williams – Audacity (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Buster Williams
Title: Audacity
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:06:41
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Smoke Sessions

With his new recording, “Audacity”, Buster Williams marks another chapter in that ongoing history. The album finds Williams stepping into the studio as a leader for the first time since 2004’s Griot Liberte, leading his long-running all-star quartet Something More with saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist George Colligan and drummer Lenny White. Conceived as the legendary bassist celebrated the milestone of his 75th birthday, “Audacity” is a mission statement for an artist turning a new corner with the experience of three-quarters of a century behind him.

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Busch Trio – Dvorak: Piano Quintets & Bagatelles (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Busch Trio
Title: Dvorak: Piano Quintets & Bagatelles
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:20:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

After two earlier Dvok releases, the Trios nos.3 and 4 (Dumky) and the two Piano Quartets, Omri Epstein, Mathieu van Bellen and Ori Epstein are joined by one of their teachers at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, the violist Miguel da Silva (founder member of the famous Quatuor Ysae) and the violinist Maria Milstein, who was also an artist in residence at the Music Chapel from 2011 to 2014. Together they continue this recording of the Czech composer’s complete chamber music with keyboard, this time in the two Piano Quintets and the Bagatelles. There is an obvious close rapport between these musicians, who share with us their passion for this repertory and their enjoyment of playing together. A gap of fifteen years separates Dvok’s two Piano Quintets, which have few features in common except a shared home key: the First marks the debut of a youthful composer, while the Second shows him at the peak of his art. The Bagatelles, originally scored for two violins, cello and harmonium, are among his bestknown short pieces. A recording scheduled for release in autumn 2018 will complete this quadriptych of Dvok’s piano trios, quartets and quintets.

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Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Buddy Guy
Title: The Blues Is Alive And Well
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:04:04
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Silvertone

Damn Right ! Who could disagree? Of course Buddy Guy has blues in the blood! The Chicago guitar legend is saying it loud on this album: The Blues Is Alive And Well! At 81 years old, he seems on better form than ever, and has a lot to teach the youth. This is a punkier, rockier bluesman than the present generation, who knows how to bring the blues to a white audience. Old fashioned? The accusation wouldn’t offend Buddy Guy, who’s just playing his guitar right. Here, the guitarist is discussing the blues with guests who have the stature to hold a conversation with him. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck and James Bay feed his talent, and stay in perfect harmony with his genius. And what would be blues without talk of booze and old friends? On Cognac, Buddy Guy seems to shed twenty years when he evokes Muddy Waters.

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Bruno Fontaine – Erik Satie (Deluxe Edition) (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruno Fontaine
Title: Erik Satie (Deluxe Edition)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:45:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Aparte

Bruno Fontaine’s boldness should be applauded. There is no shortage of identikit Satie piano recitals that present an anaemic, straight-laced portrait of this most idiosyncratic of composers. At first sight, Fontaine’s new disc is no different. He obeys the legal requirement for Satie piano recitals to include the Gymnopdies and throws in the Gnossiennes as additional indemnity.

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Brian Bromberg – Bromberg Plays Hendrix (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Brian Bromberg
Title: Bromberg Plays Hendrix
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 00:49:54
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Mack Avenue Records

The collection rocks hard as Bromberg innovatively crafted smoldering versions of Hendrix’s hallmark hits including “Fire,” “Manic Depression,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Foxey Lady” and “Purple Haze.” “It sounds live yet it was all overdubs.

“A few really amazing things happened to me when I was recording those tracks with my father; those tracks originally were recorded before I was born, so it was such a trip playing with my Dad before I was even on this planet! When I was playing with him I realized at that moment where I got my time feel and swing from, it was effortless to play with him, mind-blowing actually.”

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Bria Skonberg – Bria (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bria Skonberg
Title: Bria
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:06:33
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Label: Okeh – Sony Masterworks

Okeh Records announces its first release from singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg. With a unique fusion of modern-day pop sensibility, combined with sizzling musicianship, Skonberg makes a firm claim on fresh territory in the sophisticated pop landscape pioneered by Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, and Michael Bubl. Titled Bria, the album features standards plus five original songs and is available September 23.

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Brad Mehldau – After Bach (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Brad Mehldau
Title: After Bach
Genre: Instrumental
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:09:16
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Nonesuch

Without being a mandatory baptism of fire, Jean-Sbastien Bach has always been a captivating magnet for many jazz musicians. So much so that people like Jacques Loussier, Keith Jarrett, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dan Tepfer or Edouard Ferlet to name but a handful, all tackled head on, and for good reason, the work of the Cantor of Leipzig . The choice made by Brad Mehldau is a hybrid. The American pianist does not create here a jazz album strictly speaking — fans of “Jazzy Bach” can go home straight away — but he mixes themes of Bach — four preludes and a fugue — to personal and contemporary pieces; as intriguing answers or mirror games to original works.

The exercise is all the more interesting because part of Bach’s work took the form of improvisation. As for Mehldau, his style, but also his compositions, have always contained elements echoing the German composer. We know the rhythmic force of Bach’s writing that appeals to jazz musicians. But here, the pianist has thought through his record in its entirety, never trying to separate his works from that of the other. The result is therefore confusing at first (especially for those familiar with the preludes and fugues of the original) but fascinating above all else. Because After Bach is anything but an impressive show of class (Brad Mehldau does not need that much, his virtuosity as a great no longer needs to be proven) but rather an exciting reflection on the life of a score through the centuries.

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Elysium Ensemble – Boismortier: Six Sonates, Op. 51 (Paris, 1734) (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Elysium Ensemble
Title: Boismortier: Six Sonates, Op. 51 (Paris, 1734)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:11:11
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Resonus Classics

Australian early music group the Elysium Ensemble continue their series of recordings of duos on period instruments focussing on the art of elegant conversation in the Baroque with this album of canons and fantasias by Georg Philipp Telemann.

Based around the Melodious Canons composed in 1738 in Paris, Elysium principals Greg Dikmans (flute) and Lucinda Moon (violin) also introduce a selection of Telemann’s solo fantasias for their respective instruments.

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Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Black Stone Cherry
Title: Family Tree
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 00:52:49
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Mascot Records

A crew who lives to rock hard, the badass Southern Hard Rock quartet known as Black Stone Cherry — Chris Robertson (vocals/guitar), Ben Wells (guitar), Jon Lawhon (bass), and John Fred Young (drums) — are fired up for the release of their sixth studio album, “Family Tree”. A blue collar band, “Family Tree” marks Black Stone Cherry’s third release in 2 years, following up the band’s 2016 chart-topping studio album, “Kentucky”.

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