Deodato – Prelude (1972/2013) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24/192]

Deodato – Prelude (1972/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:48 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Jazz, Electronic
Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo.com | Front cover | Label: CTI

Eumir Deodato de Almeida, also known as Eumir Deodato, is a Brazilian pianist, composer, record producer and arranger, primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements of rock/pop, R&B/funk, Brazilian/Latin, and symphonic or orchestral music.

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Neil Cowley – Radio Silence (2010) [Naim FLAC 24/48]

Neil Cowley – Radio Silence (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 48:45 minutes | 616 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Naim Label | Digital booklet

Radio Silence is the sound of a band fully comfortable in their unique sonic skin. And if an album is simply a snapshot of a work in progress, then this is a perfect portrait, capturing Cowley and his co-conspirators in the right place at the right time. This is the record that he has been working towards, documenting the magical empathy of a unit, who, with thousands of hours under their belt have learnt to breathe and listen as one.

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Art Lande – While She Sleeps: Piano Lullabies (2008) [DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24/88,2]

Art Lande – While She Sleeps: Piano Lullabies (2008) [DSD + FLAC]
DFF (DSD64) 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:56 minutes | Front Cover | 1,9 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 796 MB
Genre: Piano, Jazz | Digital Download | Source: BlueCoastRecords.com

“This is truly a piano recording for piano lovers; I’m sure it’s going to get plenty of playing at CES and other audio shows. Even the standard CD layer sonics are exemplary”. — John Sunier, Audiophile Audition

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Nguyen Le – Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon (2014) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/96]

Nguyên Lê with Michael Gibbs & NDR Bigband – Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:51 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | © ACT Music

Nguyên Lê is a magician; his art reveals itself not only in his own compositions but also in his celebrations of the music of the past, where his approach to the latter resembles sculptures made of new clay. Remember Purple, his tribute to Jimi Hendrix, or more recently his Songs Of Freedom and its evocations of rock’s greatest moments. He’s a flamboyant guitarist and, while he shows courteous deference to his source material, he has always expressed the full diversity of an imaginary world engendered by his own history, that of a nomad, self-taught virtuoso: his music feeds on influences embracing all continents, and is painted with colours drawn from jazz, rock, and a kind of world fusion permeated with light. Celebrating The Dark Side Of The Moon demonstrates that the imagination of Nguyên Lê has indeed risen to power; it is no simple tribute to a record which made history. It fervently expresses the re-creation exempt from all imitation of a score which you can hear in filigree. Lê produced and arranged the album, and adds five tracks of his own, interspersing the Pink Floyd material. Korean singing sensation Youn Sun Nah adds dramatic vocals and Michael Gibbs provides the orchestration.

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Shahin Novrasli – Bayati (2014) [BeeJazz FLAC 24/48]

Shahin Novrasli – Bayati (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 62:39 minutes | 666 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: BeeJazz.com | Digital booklet

Shahin Novrasli is an Azerbaijani jazz pianist. Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, where he combines eastern and western cultures. A gentle wave of exotic melodies, powerful and sharp harmonies, capricious eastern rhythms struck by an American Jazz lightning, majestic and vigorous.

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Myung Whun Chung – Piano (2014) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/96]

Myung Whun Chung – Piano (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:59 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

The ECM New Series debut of Myung Whun Chung features the widely-celebrated conductor as pianist. Recorded at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, in July 2013, the album marks the first occasion that Chung has recorded solo. In a performer’s note, he describes the album as a gift for younger listeners, as well as a personal thanks to those who share his love of this music. Chung’s touch and sensitivity for dynamics cast a new light on familiar pieces – by Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Schumann and Mozart – as they are experienced in a gently flowing sequence which also serves to highlight affinities between the compositions. Although conducting now fully occupies his professional life, Chung (born 1953 in Seoul) made his debut as pianist with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of seven. He later studied the piano with Maria Curcio, the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel. In 1974 he was a prize winner in the Tchaikovsky Competition. He then began his career playing piano trios with his sisters, Kyung Wha Chung and Myung Wha Chung.

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Illinois Jacquet – Swing’s The Thing (1956/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Illinois Jacquet – Swing’s The Thing (1956/2014
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:20 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Verve Reissues

Swing’s The Thing is one of the first recordings by tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1956, it features Illinois Jacquet on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. These magical performances capture the genius that was Jacquet’s playing, backed by a stellar ensemble.

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Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24/48]

Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 50:13 minutes | 655 MB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front cover | © Label Bleu

Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music.

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Weather Report – Heavy Weather (1977/2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/176,4]

Weather Report – Heavy Weather (1977/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176.4kHz | Time – 00:37:44 minutes | 1,60 GB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  © Columbia Records
Recorded: Late 1976 – Early 1977 at the Devonshire Sound Studios in North Hollywood, California

Heavy Weather is the landmark recording by Weather Report. It is their bestselling album of all time and was voted by Downbeat magazine as the “Jazz Album of the Year.” In 2011, the album was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. This seminal classic includes the remarkable hits “Birdland,” “Teen Town” and “A Remark You Made.” It remains one of Columbia’s bestselling jazz albums.

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Weather Report – Mysterious Traveller (1974/2002) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Weather Report – Mysterious Traveller (1974) [Reissue 2002] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 47:55 minutes | Scans included | 2,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 48:05 mins | Scans included | 974 MB
Genre: Jazz

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a “supergroup.” But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run.

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