Category: Hi-Res FLAC

Eugen Cicero – In Town (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

             


Artist: Eugen Cicero
Title: In Town
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1965
Duration: 00:30:15
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

The Romanian Eugen Cicero was a Wunderkind, performing his first piano concert with a symphony orchestra at the age of six. His first SABA/MPS album, Rokoko Jazz sold over a million copies. Cicero was acknowledged as an "all-around entertainer, someone who gives a damn about stylistic borders and takes whatever is useful, from Bach to Cole Porter". The Cole Porter classic It's De-Lovely shows the man can swing, and with tips of the hat to Errol Garner and George Shearing, knows his jazz piano. Cicero and the MPS "house rhythm section" of bassist Peter Witte and drummer Charly Antolini display an uncanny empathy throughout. Autumn Leaves sounds as if Schuman's Kinderscenen might have been played out in Harlem. Und Bach? from Johann Sebastian's Prelude in C Minor rates as "the most intensive and dynamic of the wave of modern Bach-to-jazz recordings (Joachim E. Berendt). Cicero and co garnish Hello Dolly with the appropriate Broadway treatment; his interpretation of pianist Randy Weston's Little Niles owes as much to Chopin as to Afro-American jazz, while Por Favor is simply high entertainment. Amazing music by a pianist with the sensibilities of the great classical and jazz interpreters at his fingertips.

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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek – Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek
Title: Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:22:57
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Decca Records

The year 1875 was something of an annus mirabilis for Dvok: in just twelve months he composed his Fifth Symphony, the E major String Serenade, three important chamber works, four Moravian Duets and the five-act grand opera Vanda. It also marked both a peak in his fortunes -- for the first time he received a state prize to help struggling young artists -- and a year of deep personal sadness for the composer and his wife Anna, with the death on 19 September of their infant daughter Josefa.

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David Holland Quartet – Conference of the Birds (1973/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: David Holland Quartet
Title: Conference of the Birds
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1973
Duration: 00:39:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Conference of the Birds is a studio album by the Dave Holland Quartet, recorded in 1972 and released in 1973. It is jazz bassist Holland's second collaboration with composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, as well as his second album on ECM Records. The liner notes describe how birds would congregate each morning outside Holland's London apartment and join with one another in song.

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Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Chris Stapleton
Title: From A Room: Volume 1
Genre: Country
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:32:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Mercury

alled "the year's most anticipated album" by Rolling Stone, From A Room: Volume 1 is the follow-up to Chris Stapleton's remarkable mainstream breakthrough, 2015's double Grammy-winning number one hit Traveller. Part one of a two volume set, the album was produced, like its predecessor, by busy Grammy winner Dave Cobb. Stapleton drew inspiration for the series title from RCA Studio A, the historic Nashville location where these tracks, all originals except for one cover, were recorded. The lead single Either Way is Stapleton's version of a song he wrote for Lee Ann Womack. - Billboard 200 -- #2, 2017

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Charles Kynard – Afro-Disiac (1970/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

             


Artist: Charles Kynard
Title: Afro-Disiac
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1970
Duration: 00:39:23
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Prestige Records

The rarest of all Charles Kynard albums -- and a real standout groover from the classic funk days of Prestige! "Afro-Disiac" is a soulful and sublimely understated set of purely grooving soul-jazz fare. Long out of print and never reissued in the US on vinyl, Afro-Disiac features a roster of exceptional talent backing Kynard, including guitarist Grant Green, drummer Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Lewis on electric bass and Houston Person on tenor saxophone. Among the highlights is the smouldering, deep-pocket Purdie showcase Sweetheart. The album's a really creative outing -- with arrangements by Richard Fritz that take the usual small combo Prestige sound to new heights -- twisting and turning the rhythms past the usual heavy foot on the bass motif! Fritz wrote the bulk of the tracks, and they've got a modal grooving mode -- with a mixture of hard rhythms and dancing organ, guitar, and tenor from Houston Person that's almost in a Funk Inc mode -- with lots of sharp changes.

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Bria Skonberg – With a Twist (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Bria Skonberg
Title: With a Twist
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:50:13
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Okeh - Sony Masterworks

Vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg re-imagines it all on her new OKeh/Masterworks album, "With a Twist". Coming off a recent Juno Award for her first OKeh collection, Bria, Skonberg spins her cool and confident vocal style -- and her sleek and timeless jazz chops -- into a program that playfully nods to tradition while always looking ahead.

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Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55 – Bach, J.S.: Une cantate imaginaire (2012/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

             


Artist: Nathalie Stutzmann, Orfeo 55
Title: Bach, J.S.: Une cantate imaginaire
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2012
Duration: 01:19:38
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Universal Music Division

For her new album Une cantate imaginaire, Nathalie Stutzmann has imagined an "ideal" cantata based on the most beautiful music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, including vocal arias of course, but also instrumental pieces and even chorales. Arias of gallantry or tenderness, anger, love, fear or despair... every register of expression comes together in her "Cantate imaginaire", giving birth to an entirely work with an album constructed in a single, continuous breath. An emotional Gem.

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Ayreon – The Source (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Ayreon
Title: The Source
Genre: Prog Rock
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:28:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Music Theories

The Source is the ninth studio album from Ayreon (aka Arjen Anthony Lucassen) and follows 2013's The Theory of Everything. As with previous Ayreon albums, The Source, is a concept piece and also serves as the prequel to 2008's 01011001. Featuring no less than 11 vocalists, the album's classic rock sound tells the story of the Forever --- an alien race that forms the basis of each of the Ayreon albums. ~ Rich Wilson

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Avishai Cohen Quartet – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Avishai Cohen Quartet
Title: Cross My Palm With Silver
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 00:38:47
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

A year after his impressionistic, critically-lauded ECM debut Into The Silence, trumpeter Avishai Cohen's Cross My Palm With Silver introduces a programme of new pieces which put the focus on the ensemble, on teamwork, with a quartet of the highest calibre. The adroit, almost telepathic interplay among the musicians allows Avishai Cohen to soar, making it clear why he is one of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene. "All of these people together are my dream team", says the charismatic trumpeter of fellow players Yonathan Avishai, Barak Mori and Nasheet Waits, who share his sense for daring improvisation and his feeling for structure. "I feel we're in a perfect place with the balance. It's open and there's so much room for the improvisation to take the music any place we can. At the same time the composition is very specific and the vibe is very direct and thought about." As with Into The Silence, Cross My Palm With Silver was produced by Manfred Eicher at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France. It is issued on the eve of a major European tour, with concerts in France, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Argentina – La Vida del Artista (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

             


Artist: Argentina
Title: La Vida del Artista
Genre: Flamenco
Release Date: 2017
Duration: 01:02:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Label: Legacy Recordings

ARGENTINA opens to new sounds and records in La Vida del Artista, his fifth album. The young woman of Huelva is consolidated like emergent star of the flamenco with a new work. Artists like ARGENTINA make flamenco a unique and universal genre. Since it broke out ten years ago with its first album, it has not stopped growing, to become one of the most outstanding figures of the current flamenco. Recorded between Jerez de la Frontera, Buenos Aires and Lisbon, La Vida del Artista is an album in which ARGENTINA puts value in artistic creation in each and every one of its facets.

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