Richard Thompson – Amnesia (1988/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:47 minutes | 960 MB | Genre: Rock
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Recorded: 1988 at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles and Konk Studios, London
Released in 1988, Amnesia is the second album Richard Thompson recorded in Los Angeles with producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom. Backing Thompson’s characteristic vocals and stunning fretwork are some of the finest musicians in the industry, including bassists Tony Levin and Jerry Scheff and drummers Mickey Curry and Jim Keltner.
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Dvorak, Marquez, Estacio – From the New World – Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Jean-Pascal Hamelin (2010)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 59:08 minutes | 2,36 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is made up of talented musicians, from 18 to 28 years old, carefully selected to represent 22 countries in North, South and Central America. Under the inspired and dynamic direction of the young Quebec conductor Jean-Pascal Hamelin, they offer us a refreshing version of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, also known as the New World Symphony. This is followed by the irresistible, “Danzón number 2″, a nostalgic yet lively piece by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez. The CD ends with a dazzling “Bootlegger’s Tarentella” by Canadian composer John Estacio.
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Ad Libitum Choir, Per-Anders Sjoberg – As You Like (1977/2016)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 40:10 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Classical, Jazz, Folk
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As You Like It is a 1978 album of jazz and folk music from some of the best Swedish jazz musicians of the day, joined by the Ad Libitum Choir led by Per-Anders Sjoberg. The four musicians performing these traditional and modern numbers with the choir are pianist Bengt Hallberg, bassist Georg Riedel, trumpeter Jan Allan and drummer Egil Johansen
For the 2xHD transfer of this recording, the original ¼”, 15 ips CCIR master tape was played on a Nagra-T which was modified with high-end tube playback electronics wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 tube. The Nagra T has one of the best transports ever made with four direct-drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head.
1 Emigrant-Visa 4:40
2 Hurra, Här Komma De Gossar 2:10
3 Jag Vill Väl Hos Dej Gästa 1:25
4 Legend Och Kringeldans 2:25
5 Locklåt (Med Glädje Spel Och Psalm) 9:05
6 On The Sunny Side Of The Street 2:40
7 Woodchopper’s Ball 2:33
8 Lil’Darling 4:25
9 April In Paris 3:00
10 Ain’t She Sweet 2:35
11 Lullaby Of Broadway 2:50
12 It Don’t Mean A Thing 2:20
Georg Riedel, double bass
Bengt Hallberg, piano
Egil Johansen, percussion
Ad Libitum Choir
Per-Anders Sjöberg, conductor
Karin Schaupp – Mosaic: Australian Guitar Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:15:10 minutes | 683 MB | Genre: Classical
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This marks the first album ever recorded of Australian guitar concertos, starring internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Karin Schaupp with two different orchestras. Schaupp turns her attention to these modern pieces, all composed between 1989 and 1995, by Ross Edwards, Philip Bračanin and Peter Sculthorpe, representing their major works for the instrument. A fourth piece, the inspiration for the album title, is Mosaic for Adrian Walter by Richard Charlton, himself a guitarist.
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V.A. – Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 155:52 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Rock
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Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia was recorded live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland in May 2015. This historic one-night event honoured Jerry Garcia, one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. Among the performers celebrating Garcia are Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Frampton, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Grace Potter and several others.
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Amanda Martinez – Amor (2009/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 44:44 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Pop, Latin Pop
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Recorded: Phase One Studios in Toronto, Canada.
This album exultingly blends Amanda Martinez’ unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Usually described as a Latin jazz singer, her style is more eclectic, with world music, cabaret and pop elements also coming to play.
Local music lovers are fortunate that Amanda Martinez let her heart rule her head in terms of her career. After graduating with a Masters degree in business (her earlier degree was in biology), opportunities in the world of banking presented themselves to the Toronto-born singer/songwriter. Simultaneously, her passion for Latin music remained strong, as shown when Martinez began producing and hosting a popular weekly radio show, Café Latino, on local radio station JAZZ FM, as well as performing in city clubs. “I had a decision to make,” she tells Tandem in our recent interview. “Do I go for it, or just keep playing music for my friends as a hobby?” Thankfully, she went for it, and Martinez is now reaping the rewards of that courageous step. On Oct. 20, she releases her second album, Amor, and then launches it in grand fashion with a concert in the prestigious setting of the new Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music. That show will be something of a homecoming for Martinez.
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Queen – A Night At The Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 73:18 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Rock
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A prized live bootleg for years, this legendary concert from Christmas Eve 1975 is finally given the pedestal it deserves, delivered in fitting style, featuring an incredible new audio mix in stereo. This show, broadcast on BBC radio and television, took place about a month after the release of Queen’s landmark A Night At The Opera, with Bohemian Rhapsody dominating the number one slot on the singles chart in the UK during a nine-week run.
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Food – This Is Not A Miracle (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:31 minutes | 967 MB | Genre: Jazz
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“… seductively groove-inclined … delicate brush hisses, pattering footstep sounds, flaring echo guitar chords and tense hip-hop fidgets partner ambient drones. Ballamy’s tenor is as stately and Coltrane-like as a train-rhythm chatter …”
– The Guardian
“Four Stars … the sum of the parts here is more important than the individual pieces in that there is an organic flow and feel to the album when taken in its entirety. Like well-trained athletes, these players have a way of making it all sound easier than it is. This is Not A Miracle is not a miracle, in fact. What it is however, is another mindful collection of compositions that look at jazz music with an open mind and equally open process.”
– All About Jazz
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Andrea Zani – Divertimenti for Violin & Cello – Lena Neudauer, Martin Rummel (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:26:30 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 9-11 December 2014, 4tune Studio, Vienna, Austria
With great likelihood – at least as far as it can be said almost 300 years later – these twelve duos for violin and cello without accompanying continuo of 1734 are the earliest works with this instrumentation in which the violin and cello parts enjoy equal rights. The fact that Zani is largely forgotten today is probably due to the circumstance that his music has mainly been preserved in handwritten form and has hardly been accessible through recordings. Recently, the cello concertos (Capriccio CD C5145) and a few violin concertos have been re-discovered, but a large number of other treasures are still slumbering in different monastery and palace libraries throughout Europe. In these duos, we can experience the minimal form of chamber music with the maximal entertainment value. Andrea Zani is a composer whose name is worth noting and from whom it is to be hoped that many more treasures can be recovered.
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Jimmy Somerville – Homage (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Time – 00:48:48 minutes | 594 MB | Genre: Pop, Electronic, Soul, Disco
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Iconic vocalist Jimmy Somerville, lead singer of Bronski Beat and The Communards, pays tribute to his roots in dance music on Homage, a collection of 12 original disco tracks. While working with his friend and the record’s producer John Winfield, Somerville was inspired to turn all the songs they were writing into disco. Famous for reimagining disco classics as his own, such as You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), Never Can Say Goodbye? and Don’t Leave Me This Way, to name but a few, Homage is a logical next step in Somerville‘s career, one at which he can only excel considering his background, passion and distinctive vocal talent.
“I’ve finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought could. If I was 15 again I’d buy it, sit on my bed, slowly open the gatefold, slide out the vinyl, place it on the turntable then jump off the bed and imagine someone just passed me a tambourine … I’d be in heaven! So open your ears, embrace the groove and pay homage to an all too easily derided sound … I LOVE disco!” –Jimmy Somerville
Jimmy Somerville has spent a fair amount of time singing classic disco songs, but his 2015 album Homage isn’t a collection of covers. Rather, it’s a trickier kind of tribute: a bunch of new tunes arranged to sound as if they were released at the height of disco. This concept is high-risk but if anybody can pull it off it’s Somerville and co-producer John Winfield, who make the smart move of pouring considerable energy into constructing the surface without neglecting the songs that lie at the record’s foundation. Although the songs are substantive, what impresses first on Homage is its sound. Gleaming, lush, and luxe, it is an album that invites total immersion. It rewards a close listen — it’s fun to play spot the influence but more rewarding to focus on the craft — but the best thing about Homage is that it so accurately replicates the feeling of prime disco that it winds up being a hell of a party record. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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