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Jim Snidero - MD66 (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Jim Snidero
Title: MD66
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Savant Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:52:38


Over the course of the past three decades alto saxophonist and composer Jim Snidero has been constantly pushing himself to explore new territories and expand his outlook. In 1989, his extraordinary album Blue Afternoon made its way into The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums. Later on he made his mark in the sax-with-strings department, not only playing at the top of his game, but also composing and arranging all of the music on the project. Most recently he's impressed more than a few listeners with a spate of fine albums on Savant. On this his latest release, Snidero tackles open modal forms and uses his unfettered imagination as a portal into free(r) territory, and takes his soloing to the next level by working an inside/outside approach that's rooted in the structure and style of each song but radical enough to move in wildly unexpected directions. This is a musical promised land where revelations, whether subtle or seismic in nature, are guided by revolution.
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Jerry Bergonzi - Spotlight on Standards (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jerry Bergonzi
Title: Spotlight on Standards
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Savant Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:19
Recorded: Artesuono Recording Studio, Cavalicco, Udine, Italy, 03/22/2016


There's an old saying that a great jazz musician never plays a song the same way once. That could certainly be said of Jerry Bergonzi. He is an intellectual artist of uncompromising integrity and a bold, original composer. On Jerry's new Savant recording he returns to the organ-tenor trio format after a long hiatus from it. From the opening track, Cy Coleman's “Witchcraft” with its hypnotic organ vamp and “bewitching” chord substitutions Jerry gives to the first 8 bars, you know this isn't going to be your parents' organ-tenor gig. Bergonzi and his discmates, Renato Chicco on organ and Andrea Michelutti on drums, take these standards down new harmonic paths and use them as a launching pad for fertile and impressive improvisation. The playing is always intense and distinctive, fresh and spontaneous.
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Jane Morgan - In Gold Today's Hits...Tomorrow's Golden Favorites (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jane Morgan
Title: Jane Morgan In Gold Today's Hits...Tomorrow's Golden Favorites
Genre: Traditional Pop, Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Swing, Ballad
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:26:24
Recorded: 196?

Vocalist Jane Morgan is known best for her lone Top Ten hit, "Fascination," drawn from the 1957 Billy Wilder film Love in the Afternoon. Born in Boston (as Jane Currier) but raised in Florida, Morgan was an early success as a singer in France. She made the transition back to America as a nightclub act, and signed to Kapp in the mid-'50s.
Jane Morgan made her chart debut late in 1956, appearing alongside Roger Williams on "Two Different Worlds."
One year later she hit number seven with her theme "Fascination," based on the old French composition "Valse Tzigane." Both "The Day the Rains Came" and "With Open Arms" followed "Fascination" into the Top 40 during the late '50s, but Morgan had disappeared from the charts by the turn of the decade. (Her last hit was also a movie theme, for 1959's Happy Anniversary, directed by David Miller and featuring David Niven.) She continued recording for Kapp until 1962, and resurfaced four years later on Epic for Fresh Flavor, a rock-crossover LP that was only slightly embarrassing (her cover of "Good Lovin'" is a minor moment of kitsch). --Artist Biography by John Bush
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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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