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John Coltrane - The Atlantic Studio Album Collection (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: The Atlantic Studio Album Collection
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Duration: 05:06:47
Recorded: 1959-61

During Coltrane’s Atlantic years, he made important recordings such as Giant Steps and My Favorite Things, recorded albums with Milt Jackson, Don Cherry, and Eric Dolphy and made his debut on the soprano saxophone. The Penguin Guide to Jazz assigned its "Crown" award to the box set, in addition to giving it a four-star rating (of a possible four). Allmusic gave the album a five-star rating (of a possible five). Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "the scope of this music is, quite simply, breathtaking — not only was Coltrane developing at a rapid speed, but the resulting music encompasses nearly every element that made him a brilliant musician, and it is beautiful."
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Justin Kauflin - Dedication (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Justin Kauflin
Title: Dedication
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz
Label: © Qwest Records | Jazz Village | harmonia mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:00:44
Recorded: July 2014 at EastWest Studios, Hollywood, CA

Justin Kauflin is all the rage now. His precocious talent was discovered when he was just 2—yes 2—years old. When he was just 15 he performed with the Jae Sinnett trio and appeared on the Trio’s extraordinary 2010 record, Theatre. But it was a year later that he was propelled into a rarefied realm. Placing 4th in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition he came to the attention of critics and important music aficionados including Clark Terry. The 2013 film Keep On Keeping On is just one of the interesting documentations of the raw talent of Mr. Kauflin. The other, more recent document is the 2014 album Dedication produced by Quincy Jones, another admirer of the pianist. Naturally this would come with the special Q touch. But none of the production values would matter in the least bit if it were not for the exquisite nature of Justin Kauflin’s playing, so wise beyond his years and so wonderfully articulate that it is bordering on genius.
Dedication is a testament to sheer brilliance of technique and unbridled imagination. It is immediately evident right from the first track, “Elusive” that this is something special and by the time that you get past “For Clark” this becomes something breathtaking to behold. The pianism here is mature, poised and absolutely flawless. Mr. Kauflin plays with such effortless control of lyrical line and rhythm. His lines are like exquisite whorls that unfurl as his long and graceful fingers caress the melodies with tenderness and tranquility. Mr. Kauflin’s playing is supple and contains the whole range of pianistic inflections, judiciously appointed with angular sensitive accents. His brain works incredibly fast sending breathtaking impulses to his fingers that then strikes the right balance between technique and emotion always illustrating Mr. Kauflin’s imaginative creative impulses that are swathed in melismatic aural poetry.
Employing a kind of vocal approach to his playing Mr. Kauflin is able to interpret the songs on this album with great delicacy. Often the stately forward motion of his playing is interrupted by rollicking arpeggios that seem to come out of nowhere and rush up and down the keyboard tearing up the keyboard, though never without elegance, intuition as well as intellect. The right brain nestling cheek-by-jowl with the left one. Throughout, pointed phrasing helps convey the music’s graceful contours. He observes the songs’ dynamics with extraordinary maturity and shapely delineation. This record is one of the more brilliant introductions to a young talent whose playing is sensitive, nuanced and technically assured. The fare is carefully chosen seemingly to introduce the listener to the breadth of Mr. Kauflin’s sumptuous talent. It is also a superb recording to boot. But then everything that Quincy Jones does has that very special touch. This includes the wonderful accompaniment of bassist Christopher Smith and drummer Billy Williams. As if that were not enough guitarists Matt Stevens and Etan Haziza bring formidable articulacy to harmonic content of the songs. --Raul da Gama
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 - Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Raphael Alpermann (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Artist: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Raphael Alpermann
Title: Johann Sebastian Bach - Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:17:39
Recorded: October, 2009, Teldex Studio, Berlin

Bach's unfinished Art of Fugue, published for still-debated reasons in open score, has been performed and recorded in dozens of different instrumental versions. But this one, by the veteran Akademie für alte Musik, founded in the former East Berlin, is unique; few others have differentiated the fugues by instrumental forces deployed, and perhaps in none has the overall effect been quite so kaleidoscopic as this one. The rationale for this remains a bit uncertain after perusal of the booklet notes (in German and English); the group members write that, as with other instrumental versions, they aim to "achieve transparent and legible textures," but their "real motivation in tackling the work was the pleasure of plunging together into the structures, harmonic language, and chromatic content of this music, in which an ensemble can make extraordinary discoveries through musical and instrumental confrontations." The Akademie für alte Musik is not a historical instrument group, and there are no claims of any kind for authentic performance. Instead there is a shifting set of forces with a few recurring groups or individual players: a string quartet, a solo keyboardist, small wind groups, various pairs of strings in the canons, and tuttis including the entire ensemble of strings, three oboes in different ranges, bassoon, trombone, and keyboard (either harpsichord or organ). The shifts in instrumentation do not correspond to the work's broad sections (simple fugues, fugues in augmentation, double and triple fugues, and the awesomely complex mirror fugues), and it's hard to find a pattern of any kind. The motivation is murky, but the effect is pleasing if the listener approaches the music in the same sort of freewheeling spirit that the performers seem to have; the incredible concentration demanded by the Art of Fugue, which may or may not have been intended as a work to be performed from start to finish, is replaced by a light sense of anticipation that is extrinsic to the work but not fundamentally alien to it. This is the kind of recording for which sampling will reliably place the potential buyer into the pro or anti group. The sound engineering, a product of Berlin's Teldex Studio, is a major strong point.

Review by James Manheim
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Grand Funk - Shinin' On (1974/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Grand Funk
Title: Shinin' On
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Capitol Records | Universal Music Japan (TYGP-89002)
Release Date: 1974/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Duration: 33:54
Recorded: 1974, The Swamp

Shinin' On is the eighth album by Grand Funk Railroad, released in 1974. Although not as successful as its predecessor, We're an American Band, it peaked at #5 in the US and was certified gold, and its first single, a cover of "The Loco-Motion" topped the U.S. charts. The original cover was done in bi-visual 3-D and included the required blue and red lensed glasses to view it. The title song was featured in The Simpsons' 7th season episode "Homerpalooza". A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available in the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format.
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Gotan Project - Club Secreto (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Gotan Project
Title: Club Secreto
Genre: Electronic, Latin, Nu-Jazz, Nu Tango, House, Trip-Hop, Downtempo, Remixes
Label: © ¡Ya Basta! Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:08:16

"CLUB SECRETO" reminds us that Gotan Project's music grew out of dance music culture. Their first album went from being an underground favourite on the international tastemaker DJ circuit to a word of mouth, million selling hit album that heralded the revival of Tango on the world stage.

Like a kind of musical speakeasy, "CLUB SECRETO" offers plethora of exotic cocktails: Digital Cumbia de Buenos Aires (Lagartijeando), Baile Funk carioca (Sandrinho), Tropical Bass (Poirier), Tribal House (Michel Cleis), Deep Techno (Alex James), Soca from Berlin (Daniel Haaksman) Swing made in Paris (Nicolas Repac), Hip Hop from Tokyo (DJ Muro), etc ... And finally ends with a "version" an acoustic remix made in Tucson Arizona by Calexico. Enjoy the ride!

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Rush: Classic Albums - 2112 and Moving Pictures (2010) Blu-ray 1080i AVC LPCM 2.0

Title: Classic Albums: Rush – 2112 and Moving Pictures
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Rock, Documentary
Director: Martin R. Smith
Artist: Geddy Lee – vocals, bass, synthesizers, keyboards; Alex Lifeson – guitars, synthesizers, vocals; Neil Peart – drums, percussion

Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 00:58:11 + 00:54:26
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 24998 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Dutch, Italian, Russian

The latest addition to the acclaimed & award winning Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of two legendary albums from Rush. “2112” was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. “Moving Pictures” opened them to a mass audience for the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum there whilst hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes. Bonus Features: Over 50 minutes of additional interviews, archive footage and new demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek - Live! (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Name: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek – Live!
Released: 2014
Genre: Pop
Directed by: David Horn

Issued: United States
Duration: 1:14:38
Size: 22.04 GB

Cheek to Cheek is a collaborative album by American singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, released on September 19, 2014, through Interscope Records and Columbia Records. Bennett and Gaga first met backstage in 2011, after performing at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City. The two later recorded a rendition of “The Lady Is a Tramp”, and began discussing plans for working on a jazz project. Cheek to Cheek consists of jazz standards by popular jazz composers like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. The album was inspired by Bennett and Gaga’s desire to introduce the songs to a younger generation, since they believed that the tracks had universal appeal.
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Rush - Fly By Night (1975/2015) [40th Anniversary] [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Title: Rush: Fly By Night
Released: 1975
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock
Artist: Geddy Lee (Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Classical), Keyboards, Vocals), Alex Lifeson (Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)), Neil Peart (Drums, Percussion)

Issued: United States | Universal Music
Duration: 00:37:51
Size: 9.32 GB

Experience 96kHz 24-bit audiophile 5.1 surround sound and stereo on BluRay audio disc, Fly By Night was originally released in 1975 and was the first album to feature drummer Neil Peart, who also became the band’s lyricist. The singles included the title track and ‘Making Memories.’ Fly By Night reached #113 on the Billboard chart, going platinum in both the U.S. and Canada.
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Jake Bugg - Live At The Royal Albert Hall (2014) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 2.0

Title: Jake Bugg – Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Indie Rock, Folk Rock
Artist: Jake Bugg and Band, with special guests Michael Kiwanuka, Johnny Marr

Production/Label: Universal Music
Duration: 01:02:09
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 22334 kbps / 1920*1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2317 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Recorded in February this year in front of a sold-out audience on arguably the world’s most famous stage, this epic night was captured by the renowned director Charlie Lightening (Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Black Sabbath, Arcade Fire) and features a scorching set list made up from selections from Jake’s eponymous U.K. #1 and Platinum debut album, and the critically acclaimed Rick Rubin-produced ‘Shangri La’.
The show also features special guest appearances from Johnny Marr (on ‘Kingpin’ and ‘Slumville Sunrise’) and Michael Kiwanuka (on ‘Tell Me A Tale’), who also join forces for an all-star performance of ‘Lightning Bolt’. Special Guests: Michael Kiwanuka, Johnny Marr
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Glen Campbell - By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1967/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Glen Campbell
Title: By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Genre: Country
Label: © Capitol Records Nashville
Release Date: 1967/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: PonoMusic
Duration: 26:50
Recorded: 1967, Capitol Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA

Glen Campbell's commercial breakthrough came by way of the title track, which was the direct precursor in production terms to "Wichita Lineman," and by the same writer. The cover of Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound" is sincere if a little perfunctory, but Campbell's rendition of Ernest Tubb's "Tomorrow Never Comes" is a bravura performance, rich and soulful, as well as recalling Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone" as done by Gerry & the Pacemakers. "Cold December in Your Heart" harks back to Campbell's country-folk material, a piece of midtempo country-pop. Material like that and the similar "Back in the Race," Dorsey Burnette's "Hey Little One," Jerry Reed's "You're Young and You'll Forget," and Bill Anderson's "Bad Seed" hold up better than more pop-focused numbers like "My Baby's Gone," though the string backings on most of these very much date them. The final number here, the touching "Love Is a Lonesome River," makes a brilliant coda. By the Time I Get to Phoenix was reissued in August of 2001 in a newly remastered, upgraded edition, with somewhat crisper sound, as part of Capitol-Nashville's Cornerstones series. --Bruce Eder
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