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Freddie Hubbard - Keep Your Soul Together (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title: Keep Your Soul Together
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Jazz Funk, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:38:38
Recorded: October 5, 23 1973, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Keep Your Soul Together is an album recorded in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. It was his fifth studio album released on Creed Taylor's CTI label and features performances by Hubbard, Junior Cook, George Cables, Aurell Ray, Kent Brinkley, Ron Carter, Ralph Penland and Juno Lewis.
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Fats Theus - Black Out (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Fats Theus
Title: Black Out
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:30:22
Recorded: July 16, 22, 1970 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Hard and heavy funky jazz from west coast tenorist Fats Theus – and one of the rarest albums on CTI! This one differs strongly from the label's smoother electric output – as it's got the rough n ready feel of a classic Prestige jazz funk session. Fats is backed by an all star group that includes Hilton Felder on organ, Grant Green on guitar, Idris Muhammad on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass – and it kind of sounds like Fats is playing an electric tenor, or a Varitone, which gives the set the feel of some of the Lou Donaldson funk albums on Blue Note! Cuts include "Black Out", "Bed Of Nails", "Stone Flower", and "Check It Out".
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Esther Phillips with Joe Beck - What A Diff'rence A Day Makes (1975/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Esther Phillips w/Beck
Title: What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
Genre: R&B, Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz, Disco
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1975/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:35:55
Recorded: April 1975 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Reading the credits of What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, one could easily assume that it is a jazz album. This 1975 LP was produced by Creed Taylor and arranged by guitarist Joe Beck; the other participants range from Michael Brecker on tenor sax, David Sanborn on alto sax, and Randy Brecker on trumpet to Steve Khan on guitar and Don Grolnick on keyboards. With that lineup, Esther Phillips could have easily delivered a first-class jazz album. But What a Diff'rence a Day Makes doesn't contain any jazz -- not even jazz-funk or soul-jazz. It is, however, an excellent soul/disco outing. This LP is best known for its hit title song, an inspired disco version of a standard that has usually been heard in jazz and pre-rock pop settings. But the song works surprisingly well as disco, and the other tracks are equally impressive. Phillips is as soulful and convincing on the bluesy "I Can Stand a Little Rain" as she is on Gamble & Huff's "One Night Affair" (a Philadelphia soul classic that was recorded by Jerry Butler in 1972 and the O'Jays in 1969) and Ralph MacDonald's "Mister Magic."The latter is the gem that Grover Washington, Jr. is best remembered for; while his famous version was instrumental jazz-funk, Phillips' is vocal-oriented soul. It should be noted that most of the jazz musicians who back Phillips on What a Diff'rence a Day Makes are not jazz snobs. The Brecker Brothers and Sanborn, for example, have done their share of R&B sessions, and they would probably be the first to tell you that this LP needs to be judged by R&B standards instead of jazz standards. And when R&B standards are applied, it is easy to conclude that What a Diff'rence a Day Makes is among Phillips' finest releases. --AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
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Emily Jane White - They Moved In Shadow All Together (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Emily Jane White
Title: They Moved In Shadow All Together
Genre: Pop Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Talitres Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:48
Recorded: Tiny Telephone; New And Improved Studios


With a title that references the opening of Cormac McCarthy's novel Outer Dark, They Moved in Shadow All Together is the fifth album by indie balladeer Emily Jane White. Stripped back somewhat from the lusher, more electronic character of her previous album, Blood/Lines, it marks a return to spooky acoustic form. The opening track sets the stage with echoing percussion, acoustic guitar, bass, and cooing backing vocals set to a minor-key waltz. Its tone is reflected in lyrics that use words like dusty, overgrown, and forsaken. The song ends with the disheartening promise "someday I'll forgive." The album's haunted atmosphere is stated explicitly in "Nightmares on Repeat," a song about hanging on literally and figuratively ("Holding your hand keeps me here"). Arpeggiated guitar and, later, piano converge near the end with its lilting melody into a swirl of repeated words. Later, whether seen as a topical offering or a timeless one, "Womankind" speaks to the practice of suffering in silence and calls for an end to it from "everyone who cares for others' lives." Its flowing piano and strings seem to symbolize momentum. In contrast, the closer "Behind the Glass" has an almost rousing pulse that moves across multiple instruments. The otherwise spare arrangement includes mostly backing and lead vocals that question the notion of authenticity and warn "Behind the glass is something/But it might not be what you're wanting." The set of nocturnes maintains a mood so consistent that it's an all-or-nothing affair for listeners, and a likely boon for established fans. --AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition
Genre: Rock, Classical, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock, Classical Crossover
Label: © Leadclass Limited, under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:58
Recorded: 26 March 1971,Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England


Much was made of early prog-rock's fusion of rock with classical music, but ELP was one of the only bands to take that task seriously, and never more so than on „Pictures At An Exhibition“. The well-known Mussorgsky piece is a staple of the classical music diet, and a prime example of "program music," where related sections of a piece combine to tell a story. True to the spirit of the times, ELP attacked "Pictures" with both classically trained respect and rocker irreverence. The album, recorded live in 1971, finds the band turning Mussorgsky's work inside out, not just restructuring it but reinventing it for their rock audience.
While sections like "Promenade" and The Hut of Baba Yaga" are essentially electrified, rocked-up versions of the original melodies, the band injects plenty of their own original (but not unrelated) motifs into the piece, including Greg Lake's moody ballad "The Sage" and the self-explanatory "Blues Variation." ELP is to be commended as much for its brash ambition as for its achievement in attempting a Moog-ified revamping of such a well established piece as „Pictures At An Exhibition“.
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Delain - Lunar Prelude (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Delain
Title: Lunar Prelude
Genre: Rock, Symphonic Metal, Gothic Rock
Label: © Napalm Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:35

Lunar Prelude, mastered by Grammy Award winning Ted Jensen, offers two brand new songs in the shape of the beyond catchy ‘Suckerpunch‘ and the melancholic ‘Turn The Lights Out‘. ‘Don`t Let Go‘ (taken from 2014`s The Human Contradiction) comes in a brand new version, while the EP also contains four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of ‘Suckerpunch‘, all of which proving once again how DELAIN are blatantly known for their extremely catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and of course a good solid dose of Metal! DELAIN have concocted a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of emotions, and with the EP title featuring the tell-tale word "Prelude", our hunger is left to grow for a next full-length album...coming in 2016!
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Cosmograf - The Unreasonable Silence (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cosmograf
Title: The Unreasonable Silence
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Cosmograf Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: cosmograf.bandcamp.com
Duration: 00:59:04
Recorded: The Trees, Waterlooville.


Cosmograf’s fifth release is an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.
“It’s essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus’s writings about mankind’s struggle to understand the universe and our role within it”, says the concept’s creator Robin Armstrong. “Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”
Between our quest for knowledge and refusal of the world to give up its secrets, lies the concept of absurdism. In his original essay, Camus describes Sysiphus, a mythological character condemned to a pointless labour, to illustrate the absurdity of human existence. Robin Armstrong twists the story to portray a modern character that has become disillusioned with his own life to the point that he believes his destiny may reside in another world. As with previous Cosmograf albums, the concept is played out with a very cinematic feel and explores the themes of paranoia, social withdrawal and conformity, and ultimately the search for meaning in our own existence.
The Unreasonable Silence features guest appearances by Nick D’Virgilio, Nick Beggs, Dave Meros and Rachael Hawnt as well as a number of voice acting contributions.
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Charlie Mariano - Helen 12 Trees (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Charlie Mariano
Title: Helen 12 Trees
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Cool Jaz, West Coast Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 38:50
Recorded: May 6-8, 1976 at Union Studio Munich-Solln, Germany

For those who don’t know American saxophonist Charlie Mariano’s music, you’re in for a treat. For his legions of fans, this may be an album that has passed beneath your radar. Critic Thom Jurek calls it “one of the great, under-heard records to ever come out of the fusion years… a stone classic and one of the best examples of post-Miles jazz-rock fusion ever recorded”. Although Mariano first made his name in the jazz caldrons of Boston and New York – his solos on Mingus’ The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady are jazz classics –, Mariano is known in Europe for his eclectic play, ranging from jazz, fusion and pop to world music. The astounding lineup for this album includes keyboardist Jan Hammer of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame, Polish violin great Zbigniew Seifert, bassist Jack Bruce from the legendary rock group Cream, Soft Machine drummer John Marshall, and the amazing Asian percussionist Nippy Noya. The sweeping opening title piece features a percussion-drum duel and stratospheric solos by Hammer and Mariano on alto sax. With Charlie on the South Indian reed instrument the Nadaswaram, Parvati’s Dance takes several steps East as it illuminates Mariano’s deep feeling for the sub-continent, with a light thrown on the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. The elegiac violin-flute duo Sleep My Love is followed by Hammer’s Thorn of a White Rose with violin and alto sax musically entwined. Neverglades Pixie has a rocking, swampy Southern feel with Mariano slashing away on soprano, slippery-slick violin and synth solos and Bruce’s rollicking down-home bass. Mariano stays on soprano and Hammer steps over to the acoustic piano for a gripping duet on the emotionally charged Charlotte, while Avoid the Year of the Monkey has consummate fusion soprano, violin, and synth solos. A fusion celebration – big fun.
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Signs, Games & Messages: Works for Solo Violin by Bartok and Kurtag - Simon Smith (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gyorgy Kurtág (b.1926), Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Artist: Simon Smith
Title: Signs, Games & Messages: Works for Solo Violin by Bartók and Kurtág
Genre: Classical
Label: © Resonus Limited
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: resonusclassics.com
Duration: 56:45
Recorded: St John’s Church, Loughton on 27-29 July 2015


Renowned British violinist and pedagogue Simon Smith makes his Resonus debut with an extraordinary disc of intensely virtuosic works for unaccompanied violin by two Hungarian composers – the late Sonata for Solo Violin by Belá Bartók and Signs, Games & Messages by living composer György Kurtág, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday in 2016.
The idiomatic and skilful writing for solo violin by both of these composers shows the immense range possible on this instrument, taking the performer to the edge of what’s possible. Often lyrical and expressive, often dramatic and atmospheric with folk influences, Simon Smith tackles this repertoire with great dedication and panache.
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Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Katatonia
Title: Dethroned & Uncrowned
Genre: Rock, Alternative Rock, Prog Rock, Acoustic
Label: © Kscope Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: kscopemusic.com
Duration: 00:46:09
Recorded: Ghost Ward & The City of Glass


In September 2013 Katatonia returned with Dethroned & Uncrowned released through Pledge Music and in partnership with Kscope, Peaceville’s sister label. Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of 2012’s Dead End Kings, allowed the band to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.
In May 2014 Katatonia will take their ‘Unplugged & Reworked’ set-up on the road for the first time, presenting an intimate evening with the band each night performing tracks from Dethroned & Uncrowned alongside atmospheric classics from their entire career, stripped and reworked.
Guitarist and founding member Anders Nyström comments: "Many people who appreciated how we “dethroned” and “uncrowned” last year’s ‘Dead End Kings’ album have been hoping and even insisting the same would also be done to one or more of our older albums. Admittedly, not likely to happen many a moon ago, at least not with a studio album, we are excited to let you know that by bringing this show on the road the same possibility now opens up that door, with a live version. So expect to hear stripped and reworked songs from our entire career and have them come into equation by thriving on our atmospheric vision, the ambience of some highly unusual venues and last but not least with your presence and choir to set the mood for a soothing experience. We’re already certain this will be the most different and remarkable thing we’ve ever done!"
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