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Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus
Title: The Distance
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Modern Composition, Big Band, Contemporary Jazz, Free Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:15
Recorded: December 2014, Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY; Mastering: at MSM Studios, München


The Distance represents a grand creative leap for bassist-composer Michael Formanek, following two widely lauded ECM releases featuring his quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. The new album showcases his texturally rich compositions for the dynamic 18-piece big band he has playfully dubbed Ensemble Kolossus. The project saw some of the most distinctive musicians on the New York scene bonding to realize Formanek’s epic design, as he re-imagined what a big-band can be. Channeling sounds from the classic to the modern, he also composed for individual soloists in the Ellingtonian tradition. Along with the romanticism of the title track, The Distance features the “Exoskeleton” suite – a kaleidoscopic musical experience in which Formanek’s bold, beautiful vision for 21st-century large-ensemble jazz comes vibrantly to life.
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Mathias Eick - Skala (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mathias Eick
Title: Skala
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Crossover Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:39
Recorded: December 2009 and January 2010 at Cabin Recorders, Bugges Room, and Pooka Studio, Oslo


Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick’s new album extends the concept and the panoramic sweep of his ECM debut “The Door” (recorded 2007). “It’s wider and bigger in all directions,” Eick says. “Skala” calls upon the services of more musicians – including, at times, two drummers - and there is more detail in the arrangements. What hasn’t changed is the emphasis on the lyrical soloist at the centre of the production. Eick’s elegant trumpet now has a larger space in which to sing.
“Skala” pools new and older compositions, all written by Mathias, and inspired, he says, by music from classical to pop. The title tune is one that the trumpeter says has been following him “for many years”, its network of inspirations including Sting’s 1993 song “Shape of My Heart”. “Edinburgh” was written in the Scottish city, but draws inspiration from Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and the plaintive cry of Jan Garbarek’s sax. Eick describes “June” as “a light and peaceful song, a reminiscence of summer days”. The piece incorporates the harp of classical player Sidsel Walstad, currently of the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra.
“Oslo”, the album’s most propulsive tune, is a “song of the city. It’s a groove-directed piece.” It also “brings the idea of the two drummers into play. It sets them loose.” The piece also includes significant contributions from keyboardist Morten Qvenild, best known for his work with singer Susanna Wallumrød. “Joni” is, of course, for Joni Mitchell, whose work Eick has long admired. “Biermann” is named after the Oslo house that Eick rents, a place once owned by German merchant J. F. Biermann, back in the 19th century. “The Day After” references the 1970s, and is influenced by sources as diverse as the Jarrett/Garbarek ‘Belonging’ collaboration and the pounding rock piano of Elton John. “Epilogue” develops “from the simple idea of softness meeting raw energy”, as Mathias’s tender trumpet soliloquy gives way to typhoon-strength drumming from Torstein Lofthus.
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Maroon 5 - Hands All Over (2011/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Maroon 5
Title: Hands All Over
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © A&M/Octone Records
Release Date: 2011/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:17
Recorded: 2008–10 on Lake Geneva in Vevey, Switzerland; 2011 Los Angeles, California


Hands All Over is a monumental record chock full of buoyant, unforgettable melodies. Recorded at producer Robert John Lange's Switzerland studio, the members of Maroon 5 locked themselves in the mountains to patiently craft their latest effort. Starting with the hard-rocking title track, the albums 15 tracks take several intoxicating twists and turns including such compositions as "Out of Goodbyes," a stunning country ballad infused with musical and vocal contributions from Nashville chart-toppers Lady Antebellum. Long-time fans will get a thrill out of "Misery", with its funky guitars and high-stepping melody, as well as the propulsive "Stutter", melody rich "Give A Little More" and "Don't Know Much About That", which professes a classic soulful vibe.
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Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber - Alba (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber
Title: Alba
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:01:44
Recorded: July 2015, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano


Alba is the premiere recording of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen’s duo with pianist Florian Weber, a formation in existence for some six years now. Though very different in their connections to the language of jazz, both musicians share a deep interest in the process of creative expression: of looking inwards and outwards with intensity at things, for echoes, resonances, insights.
Initially, the duo experimented with electronic sounds, also to create the “opening sounds” that have attracted Stockhausen since he first played with Rainer Brüninghaus’s trio in the early 1980s. But with Weber, the realization soon came that the duo sounded stronger playing acoustically. “Florian has this incredible touch and possibilities to modulate the sound of the piano. There are so many colours available”. Alba is Markus Stockhausen’s first ECM recording since Karta was released in 2000. Florian Weber, a German Jazz Critics prize winner who has played with Albert Mangelsdorff, Lee Konitz and many others, makes his ECM debut here.
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Marie Mokati - Break Loose (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Marie Mokati
Title: Break Loose
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:03:49

BREAK LOOSE, das erste Album der 2014 gegründeten Band Marie Mokati, setzt sich keine stilistischen Grenzen. Mal erklingt eine sanfte Folk-Melodie, dann wieder ein experimenteller Rocksong und alles ohne Scheu davor Konventionen zu sprengen und neu zu erfinden. Ein roter Faden, der sich kontinuierlich durchzieht ist die Ehrlichkeit der Geschichten, welche die Sängerin, Bandleaderin und Komponistin Marie Daniels aus ihrem Leben und aus Beobachtungen erzählt.
Der durchdringende Gitarrenklang, der warme Sound des Kontrabasses, gemischt mit dem experimentierfreudigen Spiel des Schlagzeugers und der ausdrucksstarken Stimme, ergeben einen ganz eigenen Bandsound, der in einem großen dynamischen Spektrum von sehr leise und zerbrechlich bis laut und reißerisch zum tragen kommt. Die Musiker schaffen es Jazz/Experimental und Pop nahtlos ineinander überfließen zu lassen.
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Maria Radutu - Insomnia (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Maria Radutu
Title: Insomnia
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca Records | Universal Music GmbH, Austria
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:05

At first glance Maria Radutu is a successful classical pianist. Look a little closer and you will see the very profile of a unique musician who rather than buying into the commercial music industry has instead developed her brilliant technique and artistic craftmanship through well thought-out programing and unusual concepts for her concerts and CDs. All of which have taken her beyond the realm of mere vistuosity and perfection, without losing either. (Florian Willeitner)
Maria Radutu's solo career has included a debut in the Musikverein (Vienna), performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto; a performance of Mozart's Concerto in A minor (KV414) with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Salle Gaveau (Paris); a debut in Madrid's Auditorio Nationale with the Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia with a performance of Richard Strauss' Burleske and a tour to Asia with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cornelius Meister.
Insomnia is my music of sleepless nights. It includes music by Scriabin, Fauré, Sibeilius and others. Collaborators on the album were Klemens Sander, Margareta Ferek Petric, Laurenz Sartena, Christoph Cech, Clemens Salesny, Georg Burdicek, Alex Gelehrter, and Catalin Orezeanu.
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Macy Gray - Stripped (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Macy Gray
Title: Stripped
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz, R&B
Label: © Chesky Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 51:07
Recorded: April 7,8, 2016 at The Hirsch Center, Brooklyn, New York

One of the most iconic and instantly recognizable voices in music history is back in a way you've never heard before. Macy Gray makes her Chesky Records debut with her new Jazz infused album, Stripped. Paired with an awe inspiring jazz ensemble that includes Ari Hoenig, Daryl Johns, Russell Malone, and Wallace Roney, Macy's voice is given the space and freedom to truly shine. Featuring new original songs, intriguing covers, and stunning new arrangements of her classic hits like "I Try," there's something for everyone on this timeless recording.
Macy Gray was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to California for college. She began singing in her 20s and released her multi-platinum debut album, On How Life Is, in 1999, winning a Grammy for her single, “I Try.”
Gray also enjoys acting, and has had small roles on several TV shows as well as movies, including Training Day with Denzel Washington, and Shadowboxer with Cuba Gooding Junior. Additionally she made cameo appearances as herself in films like Spider-Man (2002) and television shows like Ally McBeal. In 2012, she appeared in the film The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. The film was released at the Cannes Film Festival. Gray was also a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009.
Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure cool music ever recorded.
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Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars - Ambassador Satch (1956/2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars
Title: Ambassador Satch
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment CS 64926
Release Date: 1956/2000
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:54:14
Recorded live at Concert Tour 1955 on Milan, Amsterdam, Los Angeles & New York City


Recorded in Amsterdam, Milan, Hollywood and New York, the performances on Ambassador Satch are largely of the same order as those on Satchmo the Great, except that this collection contains no narrative interludes. Following "Royal Garden Blues," "Tin Roof Blues," "Muskrat Ramble" and other tunes, Young is featured on a way-up "Undecided," Ed Hall on "Darndanella" and Armstrong on "West End Blues," his crowning classic. Bonus tracks include the previously unissued "Clarinet Marmalade," another Hall showcase, and "Someday You'll Be Sorry."
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Los Indios Tabajaras - Twin Guitars: In a Mood for Lovers (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Los Indios Tabajaras
Title: Twin Guitars: In a Mood for Lovers
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Easy Listening, Ballad
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:28:14
Recorded: RCA Victor's Studios A and B, New York City

Certainly the most uncommon duo of Brazilian artists to have a solid international career, Los Índios Tabajaras was formed by the brothers Antenor Moreyra Lima (Muçaperê ) and Natalício Moreyra Lima (Erundi). In the U.S. they had success in the early '70s with "Sakura-Sakura," and their biggest hit was the fox trot "Maria Helena," which won second place at the American charts and sold over one-and-a-half million copies. Their 48 LPs also sold millions of copies worldwide, and they toured South, Central, and North America, Asia, and Europe before settling in the U.S. Their eclectic act gathered Rimsky-Korsakoff, Chopin, De Falla, and Villa-Lobos with folk tunes and originals, performed in tuxedo and also half-naked with Indian ornaments. In the '60s, they also performed successfully at the San Remo Festival (Italy). Both self-taught musicians, they took their first contact with the violão (guitar) during their journey through the hinterlands of Cariri, Ceará, but had to give it away for a pound of beans. Having both studied music later, Muçaperê was accompanied in the recording of his "Their Very Special Touch" by a full symphonic orchestra and vocal choir.
Indians from the Tabajara tribe, they left Ceará with their people in 1933, traveling on foot the almost 2,000 km to Rio de Janeiro. During the three years spent on the journey, they collected a number of regional musics. In Rio de Janeiro they were registered and baptized by the lieutenant Hildebrando Moreira Lima, from whom they took their Christian names. Their first public performance was in 1945, at the Rádio Cruzeiro do Sul (Rio de Janeiro), when they were introduced as Índios Tabajaras, having been hired by the outing. In 1953, they recorded an album through Continental with the baião "Tambor Índio" and the galope "Acara Cary" (both by Muçaperê ). In the next year they had success with the polka "Pajaro Campaña" (public domain). After recording several other albums, they left in 1957 for a tour through Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico. Having both studied music in the latter, Erundi wrote several classic pieces for guitar during that period . Moving on to the U.S., they performed for three years in that country, and returned to Brazil in 1960. They continued to move around, but ended up back in Brazil in 1968, where they recorded an album of Hawaiian songs; they moved to the U.S. soon afterwards. --Artist Biography by Alvaro Neder
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Annie Fischer plays Schumann- Piano Concerto, Op. 54 - Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 2 - Lucerne Festival, Vol. VIII - Carlo Maria Giulini, George Szell (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Artist: Annie Fischer, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, Leon Fleisher, Schweizerisches Festspielorchester, George Szell
Title: Annie Fischer plays Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 - Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Audite Musikproduktion
Series: LUCERNE FESTIVAL Historic Performances, Vol. VIII
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC MONO 48kHz/24bit
Source: audite.de
Duration: 01:00:50
Recorded: Kunsthaus, Lucerne, 3 september 1960 (Schumann), 29 August 1962 (Beethoven)


Audiophile Audition Review by Gary Lemco :: Both Hungarian virtuoso Annie Fischer (1914-1995) and American pianist Leon Fleisher (b. 1928) make their respective debuts at the Lucerne Festival on this disc. Fischer appears with Carlo Maria Giulini (3 September 1960) in the 1845 Piano Concerto of Robert Schumann, a composer for whom Fischer always expressed a grand affection. Conductor Giulini nurtured a thoroughly collaborative approach with his multifarious soloists, and his work here with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London proves indicative of his sensitive support.
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