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Jacques Brel - Brel 67 (1967/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jacques Brel
Title: Brel 67
Genre: Pop, Chanson française
Label: © Barclay
Release Date: 1967/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:42
Recorded: 30 December 1966 – 18 January 1967


Jacques Brel's ninth album, released in 1967, contains some of the lesser-known material from the later stages of his recording career. This would turn out to be one of Brel's last studio recordings for a decade as he concentrated his talents on acting in films and on stage. This release includes Les Moutons not on the original album.
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Jacques Brel - Au Printemps (1958/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jacques Brel
Title: Au Printemps
Genre: Pop, Chanson française
Label: © Barclay
Release Date: 1958/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:33:37
Recorded: 12 March – 1 April 1958


The third album from Jacques Brel, Au printemps was released in 1958 following a period of fame and success that Brel enjoyed with his previous album. Considered understated and underrated by critics, this version contains three songs not included on the original release.
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Jacky Terrasson, Stephane Belmondo - Mother (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jacky Terrasson, Stephane Belmondo
Title: Mother
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Piano Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:35
Recorded: 10, 11, 12 April 2016 at Recall Studios, France

The genesis of the duet partnership of pianist Jacky Terrasson and trumpeter/flugelhornist Stephane Belmondo stretches back 30 years. Close friends from their days living and playing in Paris and then while band mates in vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater’s groups in the mid-‘90s, the pair enjoyed a simpatico musical relationship. But they lost contact over the years until six years ago when they reconnected and played a duo show in the south of France. That proved to be the seed of their sublime duo album on Impulse, Mother, that was recorded last fall and in April of this year at Recall Studios in the southern France village of Pompignan.
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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - A Wilder Alias (1974/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jackie Cain & Roy Kral
Title: A Wilder Alias
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock, Jazz Funk
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1974/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:32:49
Recorded: December, 1973 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

A Wilder Alias is an album by American vocalists Jackie Cain and Roy Kral featuring performances recorded in 1973 and released on the CTI label.
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Kacy & Clayton - Strange Country (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kacy & Clayton
Title: Strange Country
Genre: Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © New West Records, LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:58


New West Records is proud to present Strange Country, the new full-length album from the young and gifted cousin-duo Kacy & Clayton. The ten-song collection was recorded over seven freezing Canadian winter days at Ghetto Box Studios, a historic community hall turned studio. The product of a lifetime of deep kinship, the record showcases the purity and astounding beauty of Kacy Anderson's voice, one that has been notably compared to Fairport Convention's Sandy Denny. Only Clayton Linthicum's intricate guitar work, expert time changes and vocal harmonies could forge the foundation for Kacy's voice to soar even higher - the result being an enormously satisfying and organic album. Drawing a wide swath of inspirations ranging from the Greenwich Village folk scene to the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia and the British Isles, the cousins fashion songs steeped in those traditions, simultaneously paying homage and building on those sounds.
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Iro Haarla - Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Iro Haarla
Title: Ante Lucem for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Classical Crossover, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:40
Recorded: October 2012 at the Concert Hall of NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, Sweden


Ante Lucem, a powerful suite for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra by Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla, was premiered at the Umeå Jazz Festival in October 2012. It was recorded at the Concert Hall of NorrlandsOperan in Umeå, and the album is drawn both from the premiere concert and from sessions on the following days. Ante Lucem is comprised of four separate yet closely linked pieces which reflect in different ways, the composer says, upon the “struggle between darkness and light.” In a review of the premiere for All about Jazz, John Kelman observed that “Haarla’s writing moved from maelstrom-like turbulence to deeper melancholy … Whether it was more dramatic turns with the full orchestra or breakdowns into smaller subsets, it was an evocative and provocative performance.”
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Il Tesoro di San Gennaro: Sacred music in early 18th-century Naples - I Turchini, Antonio Florio (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Cristoforo Caresana (1640-1709), Francesco Nicola Fago (1677-1745), Gaetano Veneziano (1665-1716)
Artist: I Turchini, Antonio Florio
Title: Il Tesoro di San Gennaro: Sacred music in early 18th-century Naples
Genre: Classical
Label: © Glossa Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:03:13
Recorded: in the Chiesa dei Servi di Maria, Sorrento, Italy, in March 2012


Antonio Florio’s deep understanding of the Baroque musical terrain of Naples now takes him to the dawn of the 18th century when the fervour and visceral excitement held by Neapolitans for their chief patron saint San Gennaro was at its height, in an era when the city had been ravaged by plague and was living in constant fear of eruptions from nearby Mount Vesuvius. Great devotion was directed at San Gennaro, in the belief that he would ward off further evils: a richly-adorned chapel in Naples’s cathedral was dedicated to him and provided with its own musical ensemble, and a stream of composers (often pupils of the great Francesco Provenzale) such as Cristofaro Caresana, Nicola Fago and Gaetano Veneziano worked there.
Central to the programme of I Turchini, prepared by Florio and Dinko Fabris, are performances of Fago’s four-part Stabat Mater and Caresana’s canzona Sirene festose. There is a rare outing also for a motet, Antra valles Divo plaudant, written by the young Domenico Scarlatti – three of whose string sinfonias are also included here – when he was one of the organists in the Real Cappella; musicians in Naples regularly moved in and out of different ensembles, then as now.
A booklet essay by Fabris himself splendidly underpins the popular traditions and musical and religious colour surrounding San Gennaro in a Naples still alive today; moreover, an evocation brought to potent life by the performances of Florio, with his singers and instrumentalists of I Turchini.
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Idris Muhammad - House Of The Rising Sun (1976/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Idris Muhammad
Title: House Of The Rising Sun
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Pop, Fusion, Crossover Jazz
Label: © Kudu Records | CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1976/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:35:03
Recorded: June 18-27, 1975, September 23-October 8 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Idris Muhammad's House of the Rising Sun is a legendary soul-jazz album, and for good reason. First there's the fact that, Grady Tate notwithstanding, Idris Muhammad is easily the greatest of all soul-jazz drummers. Next, it is revealed that label boss and producer Creed Taylor was at his most inspired here, and wasn't afraid to err on the rhythm and blues side of the jazz equation. The material is top-notch, and David Matthews, who orchestrated and arranged this date with the exception of one track -- "Sudan" was written by Muhammad and Tom Harrell, and Harrell arranged it -- was on fire. As a bandleader, Muhammad is shockingly effective. Not because one could ever doubt his ability, but because of his reputation as one of the great studio drummers in jazz. Finally, this is the single greatest lineup in Kudu's history, and features the talents of Don Grolnick, Eric Gale, Will Lee, Roland Hanna, Joe Beck, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Hugh McCracken, Bob Berg, Fred Wesley, Patti Austin, and a dozen others playing their asses off. From the title track which opens the album, with Austin reaching the breaking point in her delivery, to the stunningly funky groove in Ashford and Simpson's "Hard to Face the Music," to the minor key funk of the Chopin-adapted theme in "Theme for New York City," to "Sudan"'s triple-timed drums and killer Eastern-tinged hooks, and a read of the Meters' "Hey Pocky A-Way," with Eric Gale's dirty finger poppin' bass atop McCracken's bluesed-out slide work, this is a steaming, no let-up album. Add to this a gorgeous version of the Ary Barroso Brazilian jazz classic "Bahia," and you have the set for a classic jazz album. But the complete disregard for the political correctness of "Jazz" itself, in order to get the deeply funky and soulful grooves across, is what makes this set so damn special and even spiritual in its inspiration. Jazz purists lost all credibility when they slagged this one off, caught as they were in tainted, even racist views of the past that made no allowances for jazz musicians to actually follow their time-honored tradition of mining the pop music of the day to extend the breadth and reach of jazz itself. Anybody who wants to believe that George Gershwin is somehow more important than George Porter Jr. is already lost in his own cultural fascism. Muhammad, who understands this better than anyone, pulled out all the stops here and blasted out one amazingly tough, funky slab. Brilliant. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Hubert Laws - Crying Song (1969/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Hubert Laws
Title: Crying Song
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Fusion, Crossover Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1969/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:33:56
Recorded: July 23 (#4,5), 24 (#1,2,6,9), 1969 at American Sound Studios, Memphis, Tennessee; September 23 (#3), 24 (#7,8), 1969 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.


Crying Song is an album by jazz flautist Hubert Laws released on the CTI label featuring performances of popular music (including songs by The Beatles and Pink Floyd) by Laws recorded in Memphis with Elvis Presley's rhythm section and at Rudy Van Gelder's studio.
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Joseph Haydn - Die Schopfung - Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan (1969/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Artist: Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H.21/2
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1969/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:48:54
Recording: Berlin, Jesus-Christus-Kirche, 2/1966, 9 & 11/1968, 4/1969


Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker on this classic 1966 release of Haydn's oratorio Die Schöpfung (The Creation), considered by many to be the composer's crowning achievement. The orchestra is joined by a superb cast of soloists, led by soprano Gundula Janowitz and tenor Fritz Wunderlich, who died in an accident while the album was still being recorded.
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