Category: Hi-Res FLAC

Coleman Hawkins, Ronnell Bright, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Andrew Cyrille – The Hawk Relaxes (1961/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Coleman Hawkins, Ronnell Bright, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Andrew Cyrille
Title: The Hawk Relaxes
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1961
Duration: 00:37:14
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Prestige Records
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/the-hawk-relaxes-rudy-van-gelder-remaster

Despite the inherent modesty of its title, The Hawk Relaxes is far more than merely a tenor saxophonist---albeit one of the greatest who ever lived---at his ease. Recorded for Prestige's Moodsville subsidiary, the album presents Coleman Hawkins (1904-1969), paterfamilias of the tenor and one its master balladeers. As he grew older, Hawkins often made it a point to perform with much younger musicians, in order to keep his work fresh. Pianist Ronnell Bright, 30 years old at the time of this recording, was the oldest of Hawkins's accompanists herein, while drummer Andrew Cyrille was, at just 21, the junior partner. With the multifaceted guitarist Kenny Burrell and bassist Ron Carter, at the dawn of what would be a ubiquitously brilliant career, rounding out a highly simpatico group, Hawkins adroitly weaves his way rhapsodically through seven timeless popular songs that lend themselves to his signature harmonic brilliance.

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Coleman Hawkins, Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson – At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Coleman Hawkins, Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson
Title: At Ease With Coleman Hawkins
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1960
Duration: 00:41:48
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Prestige Records
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/at-ease-with-coleman-hawkins-rudy-van-gelder-remaster

At Ease is one of the most charming and attractive of the many albums Coleman Hawkins and Tommy Flanagan made together---a collection of ballads played with great affection for the melody. Hawkins could be fiercely aggressive in his playing. In this collection, he displays his tenderness. If ever there was a master of the ballad, it was Coleman Hawkins. His romantic style and sound caused one writer to say: "Hawk turned the saxophone into the sexophone." At Ease was done for the Moodsville series but while Hawkins, with the expert help of his pianist, Tommy Flanagan, sets a mood on eight standards, it is never merely mood music.

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Angela Hewitt – Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus (2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Angela Hewitt
Title: Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2004
Duration: 02:12:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Hyperion Records
Source: https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67371/2

Angela Hewitt takes a well-deserved break from her mammoth Bach and Couperin surveys to present us with this enthralling set of Chopin's most distinguished piano pieces---the complete Nocturnes and Impromptus. Between 1830 and 1846 Chopin wrote eighteen Nocturnes that were published more or less in the order in which they were written. By spanning almost his entire creative life, they give us a marvellous opportunity to see not only how his early works were already totally inspired and original, but also how his style and emotional maturity developed through the years. The four Impromptus date from 1835 to 1842. The title suggests improvisation; they might very well have been conceived as such initially, but we know that Chopin went through agonies when it came to writing a musical idea down. He would often spend six weeks on a page, only to return to what he had written in the first place. You wouldn't know it listening to these pieces. They are full of vitality and freshness, and carry us along with great fluidity.

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Yundi Li – Chopin: Ballades, Berceuse, Mazurkas (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Yundi Li
Title: Chopin: Ballades, Berceuse, Mazurkas
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 00:55:54
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/chopin-ballades-berceuse-mazurkas-yundi-li/0002894812446

Adored by millions of fans for his Chopin playing, Yundi continues his dedication to the composer with an album of Ballades." Yundi, the Chinese dazzling pianist acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal for his -- poetic depth and patrician elegance -- continues his award-winning exploration of the works of Chopin with a new recording of the Ballades, and by embarking on a major international tour. If precedent is a guide, both are expected to cause massive excitement among his fans. For his new all-Chopin recording, Yundi performs the Opus 17 set of four Mazurkas, the Berceuse (Op 57), and all four Ballades. The latter works were composed between 1831 and 1842, and contain some of the composers most operatic writing, as well as his most challenging technical demands. With his forensic, lyrical poeticism underpinned by a phenomenal technique, Yundi has become one of the most admired performers of Chopin in recent years. In 2000, he was he the first Chinese performer ever to win the prestigious Chopin Competition. He was also (at eighteen) the youngest winner in the history of the event, and the first player in fifteen years to be granted first prize. In 2015 Yundi accepted the great honour of returning to the competition in the capacity of an adjudicator (becoming the youngest judge in the competitions history) alongside other luminaries of the keyboard world including Martha Argerich, Dmitri Alexeev and Garrick Ohlsson.

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Ches Smith, Craig Taborn, Mat Maneri – The Bell (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Ches Smith, Craig Taborn, Mat Maneri
Title: The Bell
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2016
Duration: 01:08:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: ECM
Source: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/the-bell-ches-smith-with-craig-taborn-mat-maneri/0060254752957

The Bell features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers. "The best thing I caught all weekend," said critic Peter Margasak of the 2014 New York Winter Jazzfest, "was a superb trio led by drummer Ches Smith with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, which expertly infused seductively narcotic writing with a mixture of brooding melody and rich texture." Since that NY debut, the trio has become a priority project for all participants and in June 2015 Smith, Taborn and Maneri recorded The Bell at Avatar Studios with Manfred Eicher as producer. Ches Smith's first album as a leader for ECM follows appearances for the label with Tim Berne's Snakeoil and with Robin Williamson. Ches has worked a very wide range of music in the course of his career, playing with musicians from Terry Riley to Wadada Leo Smith to Marc Ribot and his own groups have been informed by his far-reaching experience. His early biography included studies in composition with Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran and his taut writing for the trio on The Bell triggers inspired contributions from Taborn and Maneri, in an album which gradually builds in intensity. "The Bell" is issued on the eve of a major tour with concerts in the US, Canada, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway through January and February. In March the trio heads to South America.

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Cheap Trick – Heaven Tonight (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: Heaven Tonight
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1978
Duration: 00:43:41
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Epic/Legacy
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/heaven-tonight-247915

Heaven Tonight is rock group Cheap Trick's third studio album. Critics and fans agree the 1978 release is one of the band's best albums, the main reason being that the group was able create a perfect mix of pop and rock. Heaven Tonight features singles "Surrender", "High Roller" and "Heaven Tonight".

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Charles Lloyd Quartet – Rabo De Nube (2008) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Charles Lloyd Quartet
Title: Rabo De Nube
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2008
Duration: 01:15:07
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Label: ECM
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/rabo-de-nube

In time for the great saxophonist's 70th birthday on March 15, a rousing set from a revamped Lloyd Quartet, recorded live in Basel in 2007. New to the party, and in an ECM debut, is pianist Jason Moran, whose percussive attack, with its echoes of Monk and Bud Powell, lights fires. Moran already has a history with drummer Eric Harland, intensifying the rhythmic interaction that lifts Lloyd skyward on uptempo workouts including a blistering account of old favourite "Sweet Georgia Bright". There are also tender ballads, including the title track, Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodrguez's "Rabo de Nube" ("tail of a cloud"), a mountaintop meditation with the tarogato ("Ramanujan"), a tribute to Booker Little, and more. CD booklet includes concert photography as well as verse by prizewinning poet Charles Simic which nicely characterizes both the "rural" and "city" aspects of Charles's sound.

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Charles Earland, Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Buddy Caldwell – Black Talk! (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

             


Artist: Charles Earland, Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Buddy Caldwell
Title: Black Talk!
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1970
Duration: 00:38:32
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Prestige Records
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/black-talk-rudy-van-gelder-remaster

The young organist Charles Earland converted the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" into an anthem called "Black Talk" and came up with one of the huge soul-jazz hits of the early Seventies. In this album, Earland worked the same magic with two other pop songs, "Aquarius" and "More Today than Yesterday," giving them the urgency and forward movement of R&B but managing to inject them with jazz values. He was greatly aided by a pair of soloists---trumpeter Virgil Jones and tenor saxophonist Houston Person---who added fuel to Earland's fiery concept. Guitarist Melvin Sparks and the quintessential soul jazz drummer Idris Muhammad helped keep the blaze going. It is not coincidence that his blues composition, and Earland himself, were called "The Mighty Burner."

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Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman (1970/2000) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Cat Stevens
Title: Tea For The Tillerman
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 1970
Duration: 00:36:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Island Records
Source: http://www.hdtracks.com/tea-for-the-tillerman-368011

The groundbreaking, multi-platinum folk/rock masterpiece, Tea for the Tillerman remains one of singer/songwriter Cat Stevens' finest works. The beautifully written and well-arranged album encompasses themes of spiritual fulfillment, delivering hit after hit. The album includes "Where Do the Children Play?," "Sad Lisa," "Father and Son" and the highly regarded single "Wild World." Tea for the Tillerman established Stevens as a driving force in music history and this high resolution release offers the ideal way to experience this timeless classic.

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Carol Sudhalter – Shades Of Carol (2005/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Carol Sudhalter
Title: Shades Of Carol
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2005
Duration: 01:03:06
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alfa Music
Source: http://www.e-onkyo.com/music/album/ss51/

This beautifully orchestrated set showcases Carol Sudhalter, who plays saxophones and flute, in a compilation of four sessions with different musical groupings. It gets off to a jumping, upbeat start with Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots, immediately showing off her roots firmly in happy, mainstream swing, Andrea Torozzi's piano providing exhilarating company for the warm tenor sax.

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