Lucia Cadotsch – Speak Low (2016) [Qobuz 24-96]

Lucia Cadotsch – Speak Low (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 45:45 minutes | 946 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Yellowbird Records

Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch – you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. Cadotsch is a young, Zurich-born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity, and an appetite for performing very famous songs (Moon River, Don’t Explain, Strange Fruit) in the company of two edgy free-jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split-note sax sounds and spiky basslines and percussive strumming. That might sound like a merciless deconstruction of fine songs, but in this compelling trio’s hands the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating. Speak Low is delivered with phlegmatic gentleness as saxophonist Otis Sandsjö’s looping ostinato gets increasingly windy and raw, and Strange Fruit is stalked by multiphonic sax growls and swiped, twanging bass chords. Cadotsch is as light-stepping and dolefully swinging as Madeleine Peyroux on Some Other Spring; low-key on Moon River, as if the very thought of the rainbow’s end is wearisome. It’s all eerily beautiful.

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Sharon Bezaly plays Flute Concertos by Khachaturian & Rautavaara (2016) [eClassical 24-96]

Sharon Bezaly plays Flute Concertos by Khachaturian & Rautavaara (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:19:10 minutes | 976 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © BIS Records
Recorded: [1–3] February 2010 at the Sala São Paulo, Brazil; [4–11] November 2014 at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

On close to 40 discs, flutist Sharon Bezaly has impressed and delighted critics and listeners worldwide, earning the description ‘God’s gift to the flute’. Her wide-ranging discography naturally includes the core repertoire, such as the concertos by Mozart, Nielsen, Rodrigo and Reinecke, but also a large number of works written especially for her. The works on the present disc owe their existence to two other flutists, however: Jean-Pierre Rampal, who transcribed Aram Khachaturian’s violin concerto for his own instrument, and Gunilla von Bahr, for whom Einojuhani Rautavaara composed his ‘Dances with the Winds’ in 1974. Khachaturian wrote his concerto in 1940, dedicating it to David Oistrakh, who also gave the first performance. The composer always had a particular liking for the work, and when Rampal in 1968 asked him to compose a concerto for the flute, Khachaturian instead suggested that he should transcribe it. Rampal was given carte blanche when it came to making the necessary changes, and thus reworked the solo part completely. The orchestral score – here performed by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Diemecke – was left unaltered, however. In a manner of speaking, Rautavaara’s concerto is not a solo concerto, as it is written for all the four instruments of the flute family. In the first and the last of the four movements the soloist plays the normal ‘flauto grande’ and the bass flute, while the second movement is written for piccolo and the third for alto flute. After completing the work, the composer made a revised version in which the most unusual of these instruments, the bass flute, was replaced by the alto flute. The present disc provides a unique opportunity to compare the two versions, as Sharon Bezaly includes both of them, supported by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk, the orchestra’s new principal conductor.

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Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny (1959/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny [Rudy Van Gelder Remaster] (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:16 minutes | 470 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: November 13, 1959 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Quiet Kenny features trumpeter Kenny Dorham playing a well-crafted set of standards and originals that may be some of his best work from his tragically-brief career.

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Julio Iglesias – En El Olympia (1976/2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Julio Iglesias – En el Olympia (1976/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:06:12 minutes | 767 MB | Genre: Pop, Latin Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Sony Music

Julio Iglesias is the best selling international artist in Brazil with over 12.4 million records sold and also one of the best-selling artists worldwide, with 100 million records sold in 14 languages and released 80 albums, and more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified.

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Scott Joplin – The Easy Winners & Other Rags – Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn (2015) [Qobuz 24-96]

Scott Joplin – The Easy Winners & Other Rags – Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:10 minutes | 771 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | ©  Warner Classics
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, London, 2 & 10 December 1974

This album of ragtimes by Scott Joplin, recorded in 1974, was Itzhak Perlman’s first foray beyond the classical repertory, at least on record. The departure proved a successful one and was to be the first of many other such adventures, which also included jazz with André Previn (volume 24) and Oscar Peterson, recordings of Yiddish folk music (volume 38) and film music. In the tradition of his great predecessors, foremost among them Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, Perlman supplied the arrangement for violin and piano himself, remaining faithful to the composer’s style while exploiting the classical violin’s rich palette of colours. His partnership with André Previn, who accompanied him on the piano, always retained a classical perspective, while still allowing for a measure of stylistic freedom.

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While She Sleeps-You Are We-CD-FLAC-2017-CATARACT

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While She Sleeps-You Are We-CD-FLAC-2017-CATARACT

Release Name: While_She_Sleeps-You_Are_We-CD-FLAC-2017-CATARACT
Artist: While She Sleeps
Album: You Are We
Genre: Metal
Year: 2017
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:50:58
Size: 372.63 MB

Tracklist:

  1. While She Sleeps – You Are We – 4:48 (1021 kbps , 35.04 MB)
  2. While She Sleeps – Steal The Sun – 4:37 (1060 kbps , 35.05 MB)
  3. While She Sleeps – Feel – 4:40 (1047 kbps , 34.9 MB)
  4. While She Sleeps – Empire Of Silence – 4:23 (1011 kbps , 31.7 MB)
  5. While She Sleeps – Wide Awake – 5:04 (1026 kbps , 37.25 MB)
  6. While She Sleeps – Silence Speaks (Feat. Oli Sykes) – 4:56 (1011 kbps , 35.66 MB)
  7. While She Sleeps – Settle Down Society – 4:56 (987 kbps , 34.9 MB)
  8. While She Sleeps – Hurricane – 4:43 (993 kbps , 33.52 MB)
  9. While She Sleeps – Revolt – 3:58 (1067 kbps , 30.25 MB)
  10. While She Sleeps – Civil Isolation – 4:23 (1026 kbps , 32.14 MB)
  11. While She Sleeps – In Another Now – 4:35 (982 kbps , 32.22 MB)

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Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Mary J. Blige
Album: Strength of a Woman
Genre: R&B
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 387 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

After investigating UK club culture on 2014’s The London Sessions, Mary J. Blige returns to hip-hop soul to process her broken marriage. Survivor’s spirit, regal horns, and a bravura verse from Kanye West combine on invigorating opener “Love Yourself,” while her F-you vocal outshines a supporting cast of Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled, and Migos’ Quavo on “Glow Up.” Turning pain into compelling music has long been Blige’s trademark, but her choice of inventive producers—particularly KAYTRANADA on “Telling the Truth”‘s glitchy soul—keeps pushing her sound forward.

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Gorillaz – Humanz [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Gorillaz - Humanz [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Gorillaz
Album: Humanz [Deluxe Edition]
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 468 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Uncertain times and an unruly squad of new collaborators set the table for the most dazzling Gorillaz album yet. It’s a white-knuckle joyride that sees Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual band dart down fresh electronic avenues—tracks are darker, lyrics explicitly politicized and the collaborators more inspired. Arming “Let Me Out” with Mavis Staples and Pusha T provides an electrifying highlight, Savages’ Jehnny Beth lends a fluorescent rallying cry to “We Got the Power”, while Benjamin Clementine is a legitimately haunting presence on the hymnal “Hallelujah Money”.

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The Cranberries – Something Else (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: The Cranberries
Album: Something Else
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 366 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The Cranberries have an utterly distinctive sound, not least due to the instantly recognisable vocal of Dolores, which on this album is brought to the forefront due to its unplugged nature. As such, Something Else offers a fantastic opportunity for a reintroduction to the band, with some of their most familiar tracks being present on this selection of songs.

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Whatever It Takes-Chasing The Rush-CD-FLAC-2012-CATARACT

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Whatever It Takes-Chasing The Rush-CD-FLAC-2012-CATARACT

Release Name: Whatever_It_Takes-Chasing_The_Rush-CD-FLAC-2012-CATARACT
Artist: Whatever It Takes
Album: Chasing The Rush
Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2012
Tracks: 8
Duration: 00:24:29
Size: 176.66 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Whatever It Takes – Intro – 1:22 (1035 kbps , 10.17 MB)
  2. Whatever It Takes – Vain/Glory – 2:51 (1065 kbps , 21.7 MB)
  3. Whatever It Takes – Eye For An Eye – 3:15 (1002 kbps , 23.27 MB)
  4. Whatever It Takes – Hate Injected – 2:57 (1031 kbps , 21.76 MB)
  5. Whatever It Takes – Struggle (Feat. Tom Headshot) – 3:51 (1028 kbps , 28.35 MB)
  6. Whatever It Takes – Chasing The Rush – 3:45 (977 kbps , 26.21 MB)
  7. Whatever It Takes – Digging Your Grave (Feat. Che Snelting) – 4:35 (984 kbps , 32.19 MB)
  8. Whatever It Takes – Wonderfull World (4skins) – 1:58 (926 kbps , 13.02 MB)

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