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Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band - An Elusive Man (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band
Title: An Elusive Man
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Music of Content/Wingood Music Productions
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:31
Recorded: Firehouse Studios, Pasadena, CA; J&P Studios, Simi Valley, CA; LAFX Studios, North Hollywood, CA.

Winning 4 Grammys and 20 Grammy nominations is a reliable indicator for constant and high-level professionalism. Gordon Goodwin built his fame with the Big Phat Band, a large 18-piece ensemble. Little Phat Band is his 8-member alternative.
Their debut album An Elusive Man is available since September 9, 2016. Beside Gordon (piano and tenor sax) are performing Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Eric Marienthal (alto and tenor sax), Andy Martin (trombone), Andrew Synowiec (electric and acoustic guitar), Rick Shaw (electric and acoustic bass), Bernie Dresel (drums) and Joey De Leon (percussion).
The LP Shuffle is a striking example for a Big Band formation with natural energy and a blistering chemistry. The emphasis is on pure brass in straight swinging. Cot In The Act is full of fun and flavor with guitar and sax in expanding solos. But when the brass team gets underway, the music is reaching full steam.
Behind You opens a plethora of musical boxes, moods and styles. One never knows what to find next corner. On the title track Andrew Synowiec brings in a sonic fury with bluesy approach on electric guitar through distortion effects. The various horns amp up to a powerful equipoise.
Samba Cya pulses with impressive solos by pianist Gordon Goodwin and guitarist Andrew Synowiec. A scorebook of this Latin jazz tune is available. Garaje Gato (Garage Cat) celebrates the salsa, the rhythm and more flowers of beautiful Latin America with musical pyrotechnics of Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Bernie Dresel on drums and Gordon on piano.
With I Know You and Miles Davis' Walkin' Little Phat Band returns to the swinging jazz of East Coast with a broad jazz orchestration. In A Sentimental Mood is a composition by Duke Ellington (1935), he recorded with John Coltrane. The band keeps the original arrangement untouched and opens this way a window to the glorious time of Big Bands with their very own spirit.
Why We Can't Have Nice Things exposes Eric Marienthal's impressive talent on tenor sax which he only can expand in full range when he is performing the jazz realm. Andy Martin follows with another smashing solo on trombone.
Gordon Goodwin is with his formations the first address in Big Bands and with An Elusive Man he remains in this genre the measure of all things.
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Gary Marshal - Show Stopper!! (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Gary Marshal
Title: Show Stopper!!
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:57
Recorded: 1966
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Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Frank Turner
Title: Positive Songs For Negative People
Genre: Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk Rock
Label: © Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records/Interscope Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:46
Recorded: Xtra Mile Recordings; Mastered: Abbey Road Studios

In the decade after the breakup of his retro punk outfit Million Dead, singer/songwriter Frank Turner has transformed himself from the solo folk-punk singer who played dank London basements to headlining Wembley, writing a best-selling autobiography, and becoming the subject of ideological political intrigue in The Guardian. Like 2013's Tape Deck Heart, Positive Songs for Negative People looks back and in, but only as a way of integrating a bruised and broken self. Backing band the Sleeping Souls and producer Butch Walker are the twin engines that fuel his transformation. "The Angel of Islington" is a solo acoustic number. From the banks of the River Thames, he desires to "wash my feet and cleanse my sins…" He's pondering the relationship that was so devastating on Tape Deck Heart, but resolves to move beyond it no matter the cost. "Get Better" is a melodic, anthemic basher (complete with Springsteen-esque pianos), where Turner testifies "I got me a future/I'm not stuck in the past/I've got no new tricks...But me, I'm a machine and I'm built to last." By the time he reaches the end, he's no longer merely talking about himself but exhorting all of us to "get better." Further on, buoyed by boisterous electric guitars and a bruising snare, Turner sings about stepping out from his desolation to face "The Next Storm." As the album moves on, his songs address over and again the topic of emergence and his belief -- naive though it may be -- in the power of rock & roll to engage the collective "us" as a way of redeeming the world one individual at a time. In "Glorious," via blended acoustic and electric guitars, slipshod snare, and a rumbling bassline, he gets under the skin of the listener: "Come on now, if we all pulled together/We could lift the weight of the world from your shoulders…." His declaration is answered by an enormous backing chorus, which gives it the conviction of a gospel song. The clattering, punk burn of "Out of Breath," with its triple-time snare, careening piano, and wiry guitars, is the album's most unhinged track; it's Turner's closest musical relation to his work with Million Dead. "Demons," another soaring rocker, addresses disappointments, compromises, and hard-won blessings: "At this truth we have arrived/God damn it's great to be alive." Out of character -- at least on the surface -- is "Silent Key," a poignant story of astronaut Christa McAuliffe's final radio transmission from the doomed Space Shuttle Challenger, but fits the album's overall themes. Positive Songs for Negative People is a transitory record. Musically, it doesn't contain anything new -- that's for an album further down the road -- but it doesn't need to. Here, solid songs filled with common-sense poetry bristle with renewed energy and purpose. It's an invigorating, infectious set that reaffirms Turner's faith in music's power to motivate and heal. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Florian Billot - Paris 1884-1959 (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: César Franck (1822-1890), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Artist: Florian Billot
Title: Paris 1884-1959
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 01:00:56
Recorded: Enregistré à l'IRCAM, Salle de projection, Paris, du 7 au 9 octobre 2013

With 'Paris 1884-1959', his first record with Aparté, Florian Billot gives us the soul of a city of which he is the pure musical result: he studied with Michel Béroff at the great institution common to almost all composers on this CD, the Conservatoire de Paris, from 2002. From the romanticism of Franck, to the enlightening appeal to sensuality of Debussy, through the clear writting of Henri Dutilleux's 'Sonate', Florian Billot leads us to French musical treasure. 'Pavane pour une infante défunte' and 'Improvisation n°15, Hommage à Edith Piaf' by Francis Poulenc, end the disc with a heartfelt hommage from one of the Six to his friend. Florian Billot offers a subtle and comforting musical interpretation, highlighting the colours of Parisian life in the early 20th century.
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Finzi, Bax & Ireland - Choral Music - Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Arnold Bax (1883-1953), John Ireland (1879-1962)
Artist: Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell
Title: Finzi, Bax & Ireland: Choral Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 73 minutes 35 seconds
Recorded: February 2016, Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom

A trio of English composers perhaps better known for their creative output in other fields, yet who played a crucial role in the development of the Anglican choral tradition in the twentieth century. James O’Donnell and Westminster Abbey Choir present a programme centred on Finzi’s Lo, the full, final sacrifice: the other works may be less familiar but are no less moving.
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Eugen Cicero - Swinging Tschaikowsky (1966/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Eugen Cicero
Artist: Eugen Cicero
Title: Swinging Tschaikowsky
Genre: Jazz, Third Stream, Swing, Cool Jazz
Label: © SABA/MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1968/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:37:32
Recorded: 16, 17 June 1966, SABA-Tonstudio, Villingen

The early work of Austrian pianist Eugene Cicero must have been incredibly successful for the MPS/Saba label – as they cut more than a few albums that had him in this format, playing jazzy changes based on classical material by a specific composer!
This set, like the others, features Cicero in the company of bassist Peter Witte and drummer Charlie Antolini, whose funky sound would show up on later MPS sessions under his own name – but who here is matching Eugene's own virtuosic energy throughout the set – controlling the strength of his rhythms one minute, then driving them hard the next! The album has a nice lively lyrical groove, and Cicero's approach to the piano is fairly compelling, with more soul than you'd expect from his highly technical approach. Titles include 'Ouverture Minature', 'Andante & Thema', and 'Introduktion'.
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Eldissa - Upside Down (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Eldissa
Title: Upside Down - Disco Meets Bossa Nova
Genre: Pop, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bossa Nova
Label: © Evolution Media Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:44:32

Eldissa's long-time expected new album "Upside Down" will be released the 04.11.2016 Before 2005, Bossa Nova and Disco were different musical styles that hadn't met. The release of "What a difference.....", the first album of Eldissa, changed that forever. The story began when producer Adrien 'Z' Zerbini worked during the summer of 2003 with a soul singer and a Bossa nova guitarist focused on seamlessly melting Disco and Bossa Nova into an irresistible blend. After the worldwide success of "What a difference....." the trend of covering almost all, and every type, of song as a Bossa Nova cover became widespread . So it has been really challenging to produce a new album based on the same motto "Disco meets Bossa Nova", but here it is, and it's good! Adrien worked with the guitarist and arranger Ignacio Lamas (aka "Magic Touch") and 3 amazing singers with 3 different types of voice: Sylvie Bourban (aka Jazzy), Mafé (aka Spicy) and Licia Chery (aka Sunny). "All the musicians have a strong identity, a soul, and a special light in the way they play", adds Adrien, "this album is more complete and more sober than the first one, and everything has been recorded in high resolution (96/24) which creates an incredible clarity". The album has been mixed by Yvan Bing (mixing credits includes Gilberto Gil and Phil Collins), in both stereo, as well as 5.1 channel for the audiophile SACD format.
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Elbow - Little Fictions (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Elbow
Title: Little Fictions
Genre: Rock, Dream Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Polydor Limited. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:29
Recorded: Blueprint Studios, Salford, Gargunnock House near Stirling and elbow rooms

Arriving three years after The Take Off and Landing of Everything -- a span of time that also saw leader Guy Garvey taking a busman's holiday with Courting the Squall -- Little Fictions showcases a different but eminently recognizable Elbow. Seven albums into their career, Elbow remain a deliberate, contemplative group -- that's part of their DNA -- but Little Fictions feels optimistic, particularly when it's compared to the elegiac The Take Off and Landing of Everything. Where that album dwelled on the idea of loss, Little Fictions is its counterbalance, a record about new beginnings. This shift is evident in the music, which is lighter on its surface and complex at its foundation. Elbow emphasize electronic rhythms, sometimes even conjuring a groove, yet they still find space for chiming guitars, such as "All Disco," which sounds like R.E.M. doing their best Velvet Underground impression. All of it adds up to an album that feels quietly hopeful, making it a tonic for troubled times. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Eddy Arnold - I Want to Go with You (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Eddy Arnold
Title: I Want to Go with You
Genre: Pop, Country Pop, Vocal Pop
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:30:00
Recorded: 1966, RCA Victor Studios, Nashville

"I Want to Go With You" spent six weeks at the top of the country chart and crossed over to the pop Top 40, becoming one of the biggest hits of the year and one of Eddy Arnold's biggest hits in the '60s. The song is a pure pop ballad with a luxuriant vocal chorus that sounds more like something Vic Damone would have recorded in the '50s than the product of a country artist, and that may be why Arnold's huge easy listening hits from the '60s are not as highly regarded today as his earlier country recordings: In the '60s, he had a huge following among older, traditional pop lovers who have since sailed to glory on the ebb tide. Easy listening vocal music is a hard sell to most younger listeners and, consequently, Arnold's ultra-smoothie phase faces an ever-shrinking pool of potential listeners. The handful who remember Arnold from his heyday and appreciate the font of old-fashioned pop music he became will enjoy most of the album I Want to Go With You because it is molded in the image of its big hit single. A couple of mildly countrified cuts are slipped in toward the end to placate the country crowd, but the album is mainly a string-laden extravaganza of pop vocal music (even though many of the songs were written by Nashville songwriters) ably sung and arranged for maximum crossover appeal. --AllMusic Review by Greg Adams
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Dixie Chicks - The Classic Albums Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Dixie Chicks
Title: The Classic Albums Collection
Genre: Pop, Country Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 03:29:41
Recorded: 1997-2006

Filled with big hits, classic tracks and perennial fan favorites, these are the four essential albums which secured the Dixie Chicks' status as the top selling group in country music history. The newly remastered vinyl editions arrive on the eve of the DCX MMXVI World Tour (the Dixie Chicks' fifth as concert headliners). Opening April 16, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium and finishing October 10, 2016 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, DCX MMXVI marks the first time in a decade that Dixie Chicks have toured the United States as headliners (their last major stateside concert tour was with The Eagles in 2010 while their 2013-2014 Long Time Gone Tour dates were exclusive to Canada and Europe).
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