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Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio - MO' BOP II (2004/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio
Title: MO' BOP II
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2004/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:59:52
Recorded: 2004

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.
Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll. --wiki
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Keith Sweat - Make It Last Forever (1987/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Keith Sweat
Title: Make It Last Forever
Genre: R&B, Soul, New Jack Swing, Quiet Storm
Label: © Elektra/Asylum Records
Release Date: 1987/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Pono
Duration: 43:07
Recorded: INS Recording and Power Play Studios, New York City

Make It Last Forever is the debut album of American R&B recording artist Keith Sweat. It was recorded at INS Recording and Power Play Studios in New York City. Released on November 24, 1987, the album went to #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart for three weeks (and topped the Billboard Year-End R&B chart for 1988), and #5 on the Billboard 200. Make It Last Forever was one of the earliest R&B albums to showcase the up-and-coming new jack swing sound, as it was mostly produced by Sweat himself and music producer Teddy Riley.
The album's biggest hit was "I Want Her", a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first #1 R&B hit for Sweat. The title track (a duet with Jacci McGhee) followed "I Want Her", making the #2 R&B spot, while "Don't Stop Your Love" and "Something Just Ain't Right" were also major top ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts. In addition, album tracks such as "Right and a Wrong Way" and "How Deep is Your Love" received substantial radio airplay and can still be heard on quiet storm format stations. On April 6, 1994, Make It Last Forever was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of three million copies in the United States. The single "I Want Her" was certified gold by the RIAA on June 13, 1989, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the US.
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Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio - MO' BOP III (2006/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio
Title: MO' BOP III
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2006/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:18
Recorded: 2006

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.
Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll. --wiki
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Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio - MO' BOP (2003/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kazumi Watanabe New Electric Trio
Title: MO' BOP
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, New Age, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Warner Music Japan
Release Date: 2003/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:37
Recorded: 2003

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.
During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.
Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll. --wiki
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Kris Kristofferson - The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kris Kristofferson
Title: The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection
Genre: Country, Country Rock, Soft Rock, Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 11:14:57
Recorded: 1970-1981

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 80th birthday of American music legend Kris Kristofferson with the release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection, a 16CD deluxe box set, on Friday, June 10.
The most comprehensive Kris Kristofferson musical library ever assembled, The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection brings together 11 essential studio albums, recorded by the artist from 1970 through 1981, individually packaged in a facsimile sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. In addition, the boxed set includes five bonus discs of unreleased and hard-to-find live and studio material drawn from Kristofferson’s extraordinary golden era with the Monument and Columbia Records labels. Bonus material includes three highly-collectible concert recordings (two of them previously unreleased) from 1970-1972 and two full discs of rarities featuring non-LP singles, studio outtakes, rare appearances, previously unavailable demos and more.
The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection box set includes a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for this anthology: 1) an introduction to Kristofferson written by Fred Foster, the visionary founder of Monument Records who signed Kris as a songwriter to Combine Music and a recording artist for Monument, who released his debut album in 1970; 2) an aesthetic appreciation of the artist–“Kris Kristofferson True American Hero””–by famed musician/producer Don Was; and 3) a revelatory and insightful portrait of Kris Kristofferson and his music from acclaimed American writer and journalist Mikal Gilmore.
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Julio Iglesias - In Concert (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: In Concert
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:31:48
Recorded live at N.H.K. Theatre, Tokyo; Opera Hall, Melbourne; Royal Albert Hall, London; Palais Des Congrès, Paris. Mixed at Criteria Recording Studios


Released around the time of Julio Iglesias's massively successful 1984 record, 1100 BEL AIR PLACE, this two-disc live album finds the Spanish vocalist performing for huge audiences around the globe. On this 26-track release, the beloved crooner settles into standards that are given an era-specific synthesizer gloss (see both his plaintive take on "Begin the Beguine" and his emotive Cole Porter medley), while also nodding to Latin America with numbers that incorporate iconic tunes such as "Guantanamera." While some may prefer Iglesias's studio recordings, IN CONCERT is a revealing portrait of the singer as a crowd-pleasing showman.

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Julio Iglesias - A Flor De Piel (1974) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: A Flor De Piel
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1974
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:39
Recorded: 1974

This is one of the most important records of his career because it paved the way for establishing Iglesias as the major Latin singer of the time. It contains one his biggest hits ever, "Por el Amor de una Mujer." Other songs, like "Manuela" and "Vivir," became must-haves for future shows and compilations. "Te Quiero Así" is a Spanish version of Don MacLean's "If I Love You So." Some songs were previously included on Spanish releases. The result is an enjoyable and romantic album that features some of his best interpretations. --AllMusic Review by Iván Adaime
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Ismael Margain, Guillaume Bellom - Schubert (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Ismaël Margain, Guillaume Bellom
Title: Schubert
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:58
Recorded: l’atelier Cortambert de la Fondation Singer-Polignac en juillet 2012


'Friendship and complicity' could have been the title of this recording, made by two fine young musicians, both aged only 20.
Ismaël Margain (prize-winner in the Long-Thibaud competition 2012) and Guillaume Bellom (piano prize, Besançon Young Musicians competition 2008) illustrate the intimacy and the close sharing of musical pleasure that are major features of Schubert's piano duets.
The composer produced 32 original compositions for piano four-hands that include some of the finest ever written, among which are the three masterpieces presented here: highly Romantic, almost symphonic works, with stormy episodes and poignant melodies of which melancholy is a dominant feature.
Revealed by the Deauville Festival and the Polignac Foundation, this talented young duo, with its rare, and heart-warming, complicity, will undoubtedly go far.
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Paul Hindemith - Complete Piano Sonatas - Glenn Gould (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Artist: Glenn Gould
Title: Hindemith - Complete Piano Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:36
Recorded: 1966, 1967, 1973


The Schoenberg cycle now completed, Gould turned to another 20thcentury master whom he had warmly revered for years: Paul Hindemith. He had already played Hindemith’s Third Sonata in his very first radio recital (on 24 December 1950), disclosing in this work a quality readily attributable to his own playing: “Repose—which, when properly adduced, is the true amalgam of ecstasy and reason.”
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Paul Hindemith - Das Marienleben, Op. 27 - Glenn Gould, Roxolana Roslak (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Artist: Glenn Gould, Roxolana Roslak
Title: Hindemith: Das Marienleben for Soprano & Piano, Op. 27
Genre: Classical
Label: © Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:55
Recorded: 1976, 1977


Whether there really was “an affair” between Gould and the Canadian soprano Roxolana Roslak, as record producer Andrew Kazdin vaguely intimated, is a matter of conjecture. But there can be no doubt that Hindemith’s Rilke cycle, with its blend of religious mystique and subliminal eroticism, was another fin-de-siècle work for which Gould had always felt a secret rapport.
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