Various Artists – Dr. Chesky’s Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show (2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Various Artists – Dr. Chesky’s Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show (2012)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:21 minutes | 1,52 GB | Genre: Miscellaneous
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com |  Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

Chesky Records would like to introduce its new Binaural+ Series. Binaural sound has been around for a long time, but until now it was just for headphones and could not be enjoyed on speakers. Our Binaural+ Series recordings sound great on headphones and speakers, and capture the sound of music as you would if you were sitting in front of the band. The Binaural+ Series sessions were recorded in high-resolution 192-kHz/24-bit sound with a special Binaural head (a “dummy” human head with specially calibrated microphones where the ears would be).

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Piers Lane, Howard Shelley – Williamson: Complete Piano Concertos (2014) [Hyperion FLAC 24/96]

Piers Lane, Howard Shelley – Williamson: Complete Piano Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.14 GB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Hyperion

A real rarity from Hyperion’s Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. Within a decade of settling in London he had established a reputation as one of the most gifted and prolific composers of his generation. His stature as a leading figure within the British music scene was publicly acknowledged in 1975 when he was appointed to the esteemed post of Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Sir Arthur Bliss. But today he is almost forgotten and his music virtually never performed.

This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom.

The third concerto is perhaps the masterpiece, a huge and complex work. The fourth was written in 1993/4 and appears here as its world premiere performance and recording.

Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

Composer: Malcolm Williamson
Performer: Mark Bain, Piers Lane, Yoram Levy, Martin Phillipson, …
Conductor: Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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Marta Gomez – Entre Cada Palabra (2006) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Marta Gómez – Entre Cada Palabra (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:42 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Jazz, Latin
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Chesky Records

Chesky Records release. Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez is a wonderful, enigmatic talent. Her voice has the lulling softness that evokes Brazil’s female vocal icons, yet there’s a depth to her writing that goes far beneath the surface. She’s also something of an expert on Latin rhythms — there are 13 different ones on this disc, all of them rooted in different cultures, from Colombian bambuco to Argentine chamame. But everything is so perfectly put together that you forget the academic side, pulled along by the music and voice. Recorded over just three days, it’s a small masterwork. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand Spanish, as Gomez evokes delicate moods in her work, each piece beautifully arranged and shaded, with a very live sound. Her last album saw her labeled as a jazz singer, but there’s little evidence of that here, possibly quite deliberately. Instead it’s an album of low-key Latin music that at times edges toward a more straightforward singer/songwriter stance — albeit a very classy one (think Joni Mitchell, for example). On the evidence of this and her previous disc, Gomez is a rapidly rising star of genuine quality and inspiration.

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Marta Gomez – Cantos De Agua Dulce: Songs Of The Sweet Water (2004) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Marta Gómez – Cantos De Agua Dulce: Songs Of The Sweet Water (2004)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:51 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Jazz Vocal
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet |
© Chesky Records

This is the record that brought this Colombian-born songstress widespread critical acclaim. Cantos De Agua Dulce charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Jazz Albums tally, the CMJ New World Chart and the World Music Europe Chart. On the strength of this recording, Gomez was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2005 by Billboard’s Latin Music Awards and was described by the magazine’s reviewer as “… the essence of Latin cool”.

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Kayo Dot – Hubardo (2013) [Bandcamp FLAC 24/96]

Kayo Dot – Hubardo (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 98:56 minutes | 2,23 GB | Genre: Avant-Garde / Experimental
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Covers

HUBARDO is the seventh studio album by veteran avant-metal maestros, KAYO DOT. Produced by Randall Dunn (Sunn0)))), and with a running time of almost 100 minutes, the music follows an epic and heartbreaking narrative of a meteor falling to Earth and its enchantment and alchemical transformation of a lonely poet.

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Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (2014)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:31 minutes | 1,32 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Booklet
Genre: Blues, R&B, Jazz, New Orleans R&B, Piano Blues | Label: © Proper Records | Concord Music Group
Recorded: December 10 – 13, 2013 and January 2 & 3, 2014 at Esplanade Studios, New Orleans, LA.

Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch is a 2014 album by American musician Dr. John. Produced by Dr. John and Sarah Morrow, it was released in August 2014. It features many guest musicians, such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bonnie Raitt.

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Landmarks (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Landmarks (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 53:25 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band has returned to Blue Note Records for the release of Landmarks, the stunning fourth album from the remarkable collective which is led by acclaimed drummer and composer Brian Blade.

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Livingston Taylor – Ink (1997/2003) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Livingston Taylor – Ink (1997/2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:33 minutes | 1020 MB | Genre: Folk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

On his latest, Ink, the winsome singer-songwriter delights by paying homage to pop songwriting with a collection of richly-realized interpretations, including Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence,” and Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” Drawing inspiration from pop’s different eras, Liv brings new life to diverse material, from the brilliant standard “The More I See You,” to the Jackson 5’s hit “Never Can Say Goodbye,” to the great Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.” Add in a few of Liv’s beguiling new originals, like the reflective and celebratory “Our Turn to Dance,” and Ink reveals itself as a document of a man who knows what makes a song a memorable and moving experience. Great songs: That’s what you’ve come to expect from Livingston Taylor.

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John Sebastian and David Grisman – Satisfied (2007) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

 

John Sebastian & David Grisman – Satisfied (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:37 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Folk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Acoustic Disc

Their musical history dates back to college days at New York University circa 1963 when the Greenwich Village folk revival was in its’ heyday. They made their first recording together as members of the Even Dozen Jug Band with future luminaries Maria Muldaur, Stefan Grossman and others. The rest, of course is musical history. John Sebastian became lead singer and songwriter of one of America’s most popular bands – the Lovin’ Spoonful and David Grisman spearheaded an acoustic music revolution with his genre-defying “Dawg” music.

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David Grisman – Quintet ’80 (1980) {Deluxe Edition 2013} [LiveDownloads FLAC 24/96]

David Grisman – Quintet ’80 (1980) [Deluxe Edition 2013]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:07 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz, Folk
Official Digital Download – Source: Livedownloads.com | Front cover | © Warner Bros. Records

Throughout his career, mandolinist David Grisman has performed music that crosses between many boundaries, from “new acoustic” folk to bluegrass and swing-oriented jazz. This set features Grisman’s string group (which also includes violinist Darol Anger, Mike Marshall on mandolin, guitar and violin, Mark O’Connor on violin and guitar, and bassist Rob Wasserman) playing six of Grisman’s diverse originals, an obscure tune, and a brief rendition of John Coltrane’s “Naima.” The music is excellent, but Grisman’s more jazz-oriented projects would be in the future.

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