Caroline Davis – Heart Tonic (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Caroline Davis
Title: Heart Tonic
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:01:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Sunnyside

For the past four years, saxophonist/composer Caroline Davis has been tied up in matters of the heart. Her focus is multi-tiered, however. There are the metaphorical facets, including her feelings about her recent relocation to New York from her longtime home in Chicago and the emotional rigors of navigating the path of an itinerant musician within the City’s bustling jazz scene. There is also a more physiological aspect, as Davis has actively researched the life giving organ and its properties in dealing with her father’s own heart ailment. All of these forces come to bear on her new recording, “Heart Tonic”.

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Capella de la Torre – Vidi Speciosam: A Lady Mass from the 16th Century (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Capella de la Torre
Title: Vidi Speciosam: A Lady Mass from the 16th Century
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:05:13
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: deutsche harmonia mundi

The present recording reconstructs the sound of a Marian Mass in a Spanish convent towards the end of the 16th century: plainchant performed by women’s voices alternates with polyphonic works featuring a combination of women’s voices and instruments, together with a number of instrumental movements.

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Canzoniere del Lazio – Lassa Sta La Me Creatura (1974/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Canzoniere del Lazio
Title: Lassa Sta La Me Creatura
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1974
Duration: 00:39:43
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Fone Records

A remarkable Italian folk-fusion-rock album with experimental tendencies, originally from 1974 remastered by Giulio Cesare Ricci, fone Records. Highly recommended!

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Camille Berthollet, Guillaume Vincent – Camille – Prodiges (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Camille Berthollet, Guillaume Vincent
Title: Camille – Prodiges
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:00:06
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Warner Classics

On 27 December 2014, in front of a televised audience of 4.5 million viewers — and without even a hint of stage fright — a flame-haired 15-year-old violinist was crowned winner of the first-ever Prodiges competition (Prodigies) for young musicians and dancers, produced by Shine France and aired on France 2.

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Calexico – Edge of the Sun (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Calexico
Title: Edge of the Sun
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 00:58:00
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Anti, Inc.

Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacn. In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster. “Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix,” says Burns. “This album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.”

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Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ensemble Masques & Olivier Fortin – Buxtehude: Abendmusiken (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier, Ensemble Masques & Olivier Fortin
Title: Buxtehude: Abendmusiken
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:25:00
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

The Abendmusiken were a legendary concert series organised by Buxtehude in Lbeck. Even Johann Sebastian Bach travelled a long way to attend these concerts of sacred and instrumental music and met the master Dietrich Buxtehude, the most famous organist in Europe. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Vox Luminis and the Ensemble Masques have come together to perform a programme of cantatas (Gott hilf mir, denn das Wasser geht mir bis an die Seele, BuxWV 34 | Befiehl dem Engel, dass er komm, BuxWV 10 | Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV 60 | Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BuxWV 41) and instrumental pieces (Sonatas BuxWV 255 and 261). The recording assembles leading specialists of this repertory, with the expert voices of Vox Luminis combining with the vitality of the instrumentalists of Ensemble Masques.

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Buster Williams – Audacity (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Buster Williams
Title: Audacity
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:06:41
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Smoke Sessions

With his new recording, “Audacity”, Buster Williams marks another chapter in that ongoing history. The album finds Williams stepping into the studio as a leader for the first time since 2004’s Griot Liberte, leading his long-running all-star quartet Something More with saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist George Colligan and drummer Lenny White. Conceived as the legendary bassist celebrated the milestone of his 75th birthday, “Audacity” is a mission statement for an artist turning a new corner with the experience of three-quarters of a century behind him.

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Busch Trio – Dvorak: Piano Quintets & Bagatelles (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Busch Trio
Title: Dvorak: Piano Quintets & Bagatelles
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:20:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Alpha

After two earlier Dvok releases, the Trios nos.3 and 4 (Dumky) and the two Piano Quartets, Omri Epstein, Mathieu van Bellen and Ori Epstein are joined by one of their teachers at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, the violist Miguel da Silva (founder member of the famous Quatuor Ysae) and the violinist Maria Milstein, who was also an artist in residence at the Music Chapel from 2011 to 2014. Together they continue this recording of the Czech composer’s complete chamber music with keyboard, this time in the two Piano Quintets and the Bagatelles. There is an obvious close rapport between these musicians, who share with us their passion for this repertory and their enjoyment of playing together. A gap of fifteen years separates Dvok’s two Piano Quintets, which have few features in common except a shared home key: the First marks the debut of a youthful composer, while the Second shows him at the peak of his art. The Bagatelles, originally scored for two violins, cello and harmonium, are among his bestknown short pieces. A recording scheduled for release in autumn 2018 will complete this quadriptych of Dvok’s piano trios, quartets and quintets.

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Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Buddy Guy
Title: The Blues Is Alive And Well
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 2018
Duration: 01:04:04
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Silvertone

Damn Right ! Who could disagree? Of course Buddy Guy has blues in the blood! The Chicago guitar legend is saying it loud on this album: The Blues Is Alive And Well! At 81 years old, he seems on better form than ever, and has a lot to teach the youth. This is a punkier, rockier bluesman than the present generation, who knows how to bring the blues to a white audience. Old fashioned? The accusation wouldn’t offend Buddy Guy, who’s just playing his guitar right. Here, the guitarist is discussing the blues with guests who have the stature to hold a conversation with him. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck and James Bay feed his talent, and stay in perfect harmony with his genius. And what would be blues without talk of booze and old friends? On Cognac, Buddy Guy seems to shed twenty years when he evokes Muddy Waters.

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Bruno Fontaine – Erik Satie (Deluxe Edition) (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Bruno Fontaine
Title: Erik Satie (Deluxe Edition)
Genre: Classical
Release Date: 2015
Duration: 01:45:28
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Aparte

Bruno Fontaine’s boldness should be applauded. There is no shortage of identikit Satie piano recitals that present an anaemic, straight-laced portrait of this most idiosyncratic of composers. At first sight, Fontaine’s new disc is no different. He obeys the legal requirement for Satie piano recitals to include the Gymnopdies and throws in the Gnossiennes as additional indemnity.

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