Rebecca Pidgeon – The Raven (1994) [Reissue 2007] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Rebecca Pidgeon – The Raven (1994) [Reissue 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:01 minutess | Scans included | 3,33 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 58:30 min | Scans | 1,23 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound | Chesky Records # SACD-329 | Genre: Jazz

Reflective yet contemporary, Rebecca’s lovely voice rings with honest, unpretentious confidence and vivid tenderness. While her Celtic melodies set the mood, her lyrics tell stories, full, rich, textured, and open hearted. This amazing talent makes her U.S. debut with The Raven, Chesky Record’s most striking, powerful and fully realized vocal record to date.

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Rebecca Pidgeon – Retrospective (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Rebecca Pidgeon – Retrospective (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:01 minutess | Scans included | 3,96 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 58:30 min | Scans | 1,13 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.0 multichannel surround sound | Chesky Records # SACD242 | Genre: Jazz

Standing at the crossroads of Scottish Folk and Modern Pop, singer/songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon has recorded three wonderfully imaginative albums with Chesky Records over the last decade. In each of Rebecca’s distinct recordings she demonstrates an uncanny ability to span a wide range of vocal and song styles, while consistently propelling her signature sweet voice. Now commemorating the best from each album, this collection offers you the individual titles that together create an exciting mosaic of this amazing singer/songwriter.

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The Hot Club Of San Francisco – Yerba Buena Bounce (2007) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

The Hot Club Of San Francisco – Yerba Buena Bounce (2007)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 60:15 minutes | 1.23 GB | Genre:  Jazz / Latin Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: hdtracks.com | Digital Booklet

With YERBA BUENA BOUNCE, its tenth CD, The Hot Club of San Franciso confirms its reputation as America’s longest-running and finest Gypsy Jazz ensemble. Inspired explorations of Django Reinhardt’s tunes, originals and more, are captured in shimmering HDCD sound.

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Wayne Shorter – Etcetera {Et Cetera} (1965/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Wayne Shorter – Etcetera {Et Cetera} (1965/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:13 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Recorded in 1965 but not released until 1980, Et Cetera holds its own against the flurry of albums Wayne Shorter released during the mid-‘60s, a time when he was at the peak of his powers.

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Wayne Shorter – The All Seeing Eye (1965/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Wayne Shorter – The All Seeing Eye (1965/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:34 minutes | 1,63 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover  | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: October 15, 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The All Seeing Eye is the ninth jazz album by saxophonist Wayne Shorter, recorded on October 15, 1965, and released on the Blue Note label as BLP 4219 and BST 84219. The album features performances by Shorter with Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur III, James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Joe Chambers with Shorter’s brother Alan Shorter guesting on one track. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states: “it is clear from the start that the music on this CD reissue is not basic bop and blues… the dramatic selections, and their brand of controlled freedom has plenty of subtle surprises. This is stimulating music that still sounds fresh over three decades later”.

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Wayne Shorter – Native Dancer (1974) [Japanese Reissue 2000] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Wayne Shorter – Native Dancer (1974) [Japanese Reissue 2000]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:26 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,75 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 851 MB
Genre: Jazz

Some jazz purists would say that Wayne Shorter went downhill in the 1970s, when he passionately embraced electric jazz-fusion and co-led the innovative Weather Report with Joe Zawinul. But remember: Those are the same people who also claim that Miles Davis’ stunning Bitches Brew has no value and that Chick Corea’s visionary Return to Forever was a complete waste — so it’s hard to take their opinions seriously. The fact is that the 1970s were a highly productive time for Shorter, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that the tenor and soprano saxophonist really declined creatively. One of Shorter’s best-selling albums from the 1970s was Native Dancer, a Brazilian-oriented jazz-fusion masterpiece that boasts Herbie Hancock on acoustic piano and electric keyboards, and employs such Brazilian talent as singer Milton Nascimento (a superstar in Brazil) and percussionist Airto Moreira. Everything on this melodic, consistently lyrical effort is a jewel, and that includes Hancock’s “Joanna’s Theme” as well as pieces by Nascimento (“From the Lonely Afternoons,” “Ponta de Areia,” “Tarde,” “Lilia,” and “Miracle of the Fishes”) and by Shorter himself (“Ana Maria,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Diana”). Reissued on SACD, Native Dancer is clearly among Shorter’s most essential albums.

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Wayne Shorter – Adam’s Apple (1966/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Wayne Shorter – Adam’s Apple (1966/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:08 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

On Adam’s Apple, Wayne Shorter leads an all-star rhythm section, which features drummer Joe Chambers, pianist Herbie Hancock and bassist Reggie Workman. This 1966 masterpiece finds Shorter at the peak of his career, with his saxophone soaring from start to finish. The album showcases one of his best known compositions, “Footprints.” Other standouts include “El Gaucho” and the title-track. The album remains one of music’s greatest masterpieces.

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Martin Taylor – Spirit Of Django (1994) [Reissue 2004] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Martin Taylor – Spirit Of Django (1994) [Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:20 minutes | Scans included | 3,55 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,08 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 multichannel Surround sound | Linn Records # AKD 237 | Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening

In the 1990s, jazz tribute albums could be incredibly predictable, with young tenor saxophonists paying tribute to John Coltrane by emulating his tone and playing his best-known songs exactly like he played them, or young trumpeters saluting Miles Davis by trying to sound like a carbon copy of him on yet another version of “So What” or “Solar.” Spirit of Django is Martin Taylor’s tribute to fellow guitarist Django Reinhardt, and thankfully, this is one tribute album that’s interesting and unpredictable instead of cliché-ridden. Though Taylor’s love of Reinhardt’s legacy is evident throughout the album, the guitarist never sounds like an outright clone. His individuality comes through on Reinhardt pieces (including “Nuages” and “Minor Swing”), as well as Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” and the standards “Night and Day” and “Lady Be Good.” To his credit, Taylor makes some unlikely choices. Pat Metheny’s “James,” for example, isn’t something you’d expect to hear on a Reinhardt tribute, yet Taylor’s interpretation fits in perfectly. This excellent CD is highly recommended to admirers of both Taylor and Reinhardt.

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Wayne Shorter – The Soothsayer (1965/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Wayne Shorter – The Soothsayer (1965/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:19 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Originally released as Blue Note LT-988

“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

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Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (1964/2012) [HDTracks FLAC 24/192]

Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (1964/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:13 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records

Music legend Wayne Shorter has composed some of music’s most memorable tunes. His seminal classic, Speak No Evil, features guest appearances by heavyweights Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones. This evocative listen with its subtle layers features a series of long tones allowing for rich harmonies to develop. Showcasing his compositional ingenuity, the album’s title track has become a staple in the jazz repertoire. Influencing countless musicians that followed, Speak No Evil was one of Shorter’s finest solo efforts and is essential for any collection.

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