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Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue (1985/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: Metal Fatigue
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Fusion, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Allan Holdsworth, under exclusive license to Manifesto Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1986/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 37:37
Recorded: Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood; Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles; Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California

This 1985 jazz fusion album from influential guitarist Allan Holdsworth was remastered and reissued as part of a series in 2012. Holdsworth's core band of keyboardist Alan Pasqua, bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Chad Wackerman is augmented by vocalists Paul Korda and Paul Williams and bassist Gary Willis and drummer Gary Husband, who play on the epic 14 minute The Un-Merry-Go-Round.

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Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U. (1982/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: I.O.U.
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Fusion, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Allan Holdsworth, under exclusive license to Manifesto Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1982/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 37:37
Recorded: 1979 on The Barge in England

His first authorized solo LP, 1982's I.O.U. from influential jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth has been remastered for this reissue, part of a series of 12 of his solo albums originally released between 1982 and 2003.
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Allan Holdsworth - Atavachron (1986/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: Atavachron
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Fusion, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Allan Holdsworth, under exclusive license to Manifesto Records, Inc.
Release Date: 1986/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 36:46
Recorded: Front Page Recorders in Costa Mesa, California

Originally released in 1986, Atavachron from influential guitarist Allan Holdsworth has been remastered for this reissue, part of a 2012 series. Influenced by an episode of Star Trek, the jazz fusion album marks the debut of Holdsworth's use of the SynthAxe, an electronic controller he embraced on several subsequent recordings.
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Allan Holdsworth - All Night Wrong (2002) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Allan Holdsworth
Title: All Night Wrong
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Future Jazz, Jazz Rock, Art Rock, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Release Date: 2002/2008
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:55:57
Recorded live on May 5th, 2002 at Roppongi Pit Inn.. Mastered at Sony Music Studios, Tokyo


Guitar hero Allan Holdsworth often performs with his peers. Such is the case with this live setting recorded at a venue in Japan during a 2002 tour. On this release, the guitarist leads a trio featuring longtime musical associates, drummer Chad Wackerman, and bassist Jimmy Johnson. To that end, the respective musicians' talents are well-known entities. Wackerman and Johnson can handle the trickiest time signatures imaginable. Along with the nimble flexibilities and odd-metered excursions witnessed here, they exude a force of power that serves as a meaty foundation for Holdsworth's mighty licks.
A wonderfully recorded album, Holdsworth's climactically driven legato-based riffs are intact, as he also implements jazzy chord voicings and delicately stated fabrics of sound. But the trio raises the ante throughout many of these pieces, awash with moments of nuance and controlled firepower. In sum, Holdsworth's legion of followers should be pleased with a recording that should rank among his finest efforts to date. --AllMusic Review by Glenn Astarita
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Alfred Schnittke - Musica Nostalgica, Cello Sonata No. 1, Suite in the Old Style, Madrigal in Memoriam Oleg Kagan - Leonard Elschenbroich, Petr Limonov (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Leonard Elschenbroich (b. 1985)
Artist: Leonard Elschenbroich, Petr Limonov
Title: Alfred Schnittke - Musica Nostalgica
Genre: Classical
Label: © Onyx Classics
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 59:13
Recorded: Deutschlandfunk, Cologne 23-25 January 2016


Though born in Engels on 24 November 1934, in the Volga-German Republic of the Soviet Union, Alfred Schnittke spent much of his formative childhood in Vienna, where his father had been posted to work for a German-language newspaper published by the Soviet army. ‘Every moment there,’ Schnittke recalled, ‘I felt I was a link in the historical chain: all was multi-dimensional; the past represented a world of ever-present ghosts, and I was not a barbarian without any connections, but the conscious bearer of my task in life.’
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Al Hirt - Live at Carnegie Hall (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Al Hirt
Title: Live at Carnegie Hall
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland, Easy Listening, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:43:41
Recorded: April 22-24 1965, Carnegie Hall, New York City

By 1965, trumpeter Al Hirt was a commercial success, although from the jazz standpoint most of his output for RCA was becoming increasingly forgettable. Although he was joined by the Gerald Wilson Orchestra for nine of the 13 selections on this live LP, all of the selections (other than a six-minute rendition of "Carnival of Venice") are quite brief, with several under two minutes. Hirt shows off his technique on a variety of showy devices, but every note sounds planned in advance, whether it be "Bye Bye Blues," "Down By the Riverside" or a remake of his hit "Java." --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
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Al (He's The King) Hirt - They're Playing Our Song (1965/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Al (He's The King) Hirt
Title: They're Playing Our Song
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:32:36
Recorded: 1965, Webster Hall, Manhattan, New York City by Ed Begley

They're Playing Our Song is an album by Al Hirt released by RCA Victor in 1965. The album was produced by Jim Foglesong. It was recorded at Webster Hall in Manhattan, New York City. The album landed on the Billboard Top LPs chart, reaching #39 in 1966.
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Nordic Brass Ensemble - European Tour (2016) Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Nordic Brass Ensemble
Title: European Tour
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2L, Lindberg Lyd
Release date: October 2016
Recording date: August 2014
Location: Jar Church, Norway
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
Source: klicktrack.com
Duration: 01:15:38

It is common to date the beginning of the Renaissance to the mid-14th century. From the ashes of the Black Death emerged a society that was fundamentally changed, and to a large extent saw itself as re-born – formed anew. It cannot be a coincidence that this transformation first took place in the very parts of Europe that had been at the centre of the Roman Empire when at its strongest, in Italy. Florence became the main powerhouse of the new Europe, and from there the Renaissance spread rapidly, bringing an intense cultural flowering to France, England, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. It is from these countries that Nordic Brass Ensemble has assembled the repertoire for "European Tour" – music arranged specially for this ensemble by Hans Petter Stangnes and Stian Aareskjold. Modern brass instruments have a history going back to the Janissaries, the Ottoman sultan’s special military corps. Contact between Renaissance Europe and Islamic culture helped determine how European culture, and in particular its music, would develop in this period. Nordic Brass Ensemble is made up of musicians from symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in the Nordic countries, and it has always played early music.
Nordic Brass Ensemble was founded in 1993 by a group of brass musicians who shared a strong desire to make chamber music together. From the start, the ensemble has focused on developing its own musical ideas and concepts of sound. By exploiting the different instruments' special qualities and combining them in new and unusual ways, and by extensively using mutes, percussion and, indeed, unfamiliar instruments to create new colours and effects, the ensemble is continuously shaping its distinct sound.
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Zsofia Boros - Local Objects (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Composer: Various
Artist: Zsófia Boros
Title: Local Objects
Genre: Classical, Classical Guitar, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:21
Recorded: November 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

Vienna-based Hungarian guitarist Zsófia Boros brings remarkable interpretive clarity and a uniquely unifying touch to a diverse collection of pieces in her second recording for ECM, Local Objects. Phrasing in distinct ways while staying faithful to the spirit of the music, she offers new perspectives on standards of the concert repertoire such as Carlo Domeniconi’s “Koyunbaba” and Jose Cardoso’s “Milonga”, differently flavours Egberto Gismonti’s harmonically-inventive “Celebração de Núpcias”, and reveals a highly observant musical eye in the choice of contemporary guitar pieces such as Mathias Duplessy’s “Nocturne”, Alex Pinter’s “Gothenburg”, and the epic “Fantasie” by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.
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Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (1985) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Whitney Houston
Title: Whitney Houston
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Electronic, Synth-pop, Soul, Disco, Pop
Label: © Arista Records
Release Date: 1985
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:53
Recorded: 1983–1984

After seeing Houston perform in a New York City nightclub, Clive Davis believed the singer had the potential to crossover and be the next big superstar. He signed her in 1983 and the two began work on her debut album. Initially Davis had a hard time finding songs for her. Even after elaborate showcases in New York and Los Angeles, many producers turned down the chance to work with her. During the time, rock bands and dance oriented acts were popular; many songwriters felt Houston's gospel voice didn't fit in the pop landscape. It took a year and a half for Jerry Griffith, then Arista's A&R chief and the one who had recommended Whitney to Davis, and Davis to amass suitable songs for the album. Finally the songwriter-producer Kashif offered to produce "You Give Good Love". Jermaine Jackson, who had emerged from the shadow of his younger brother Michael, produced three songs. Narada Michael Walden came in to revise and then produce "How Will I Know". And Michael Masser covered the pop side of the tracks, producing four of his own compositions, including "Saving All My Love for You" and "Greatest Love of All", which had originally been recorded in 1977 by George Benson as "The Greatest Love of All" and was the main theme of the boxer Muhammad Ali biopic "The Greatest" in the same year. After two years of recording, the album was ready for release. Budgeted at $200,000, it finally cost almost $400,000.
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