Neil Diamond – Hot August Night (1972) (Deluxe Edition 2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Neil Diamond – Hot August Night (1972) [Deluxe Edition 2012]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 119:37 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Pop
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Geffen Records

Hot August Night is Neil Diamond’s 1972 double Platinum live recording. It captured the pop superstar at the start of his creative powers and remains one of the finest live performances ever captured. Recorded at Hollywood’s Greek Theatre in August 1972, the set list featured a collection of his greatest hits including “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Sweet Caroline” “Holly Holy,” “Play Me,” “Walk On Water,” and more. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, the album has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks. Diamond’s exhilarating energy, raw emotion and unmatched musicianship are on full display with this landmark recording, one of the greatest live albums ever! (more…)

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Mr. Handel’s Trumpeters: English Trumpet Music from Purcell to Handel – Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Mr. Handel’s Trumpeters: English Trumpet Music from Purcell to Handel – Barocktrompeten Ensemble Berlin, Johann Plietzsch (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:57:53 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Digital Booklet | © Raumklang
Recorded: Oktober, 2014 in der Lindenkirche, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

George Frideric Handel had an outstanding trumpeter in his orchestra: Valentine Snow. “Mr. Handel’s Trumpeter,” as he was later called, inspired Handel to write numerous tailor-made trumpet parts for him. In contrast to his contemporaries, Handel was interested less in virtuosity, than in mellifluous sound and dramatic effect, as reflected in the pieces on this CD. The point of departure for the recording is provided by the trumpet music of Purcell and his contemporaries, music that clearly displays Italian influence and formed the foundation for Handel’s compositions.

Johann Plietzsch lets his Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Berlin resound richly colored on this third Raumklang CD with eight trumpets, timpani, and basso continuo, perfectly balanced dramatically with the soft tones of the lute and organ.

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Nagual – Private Music (2012/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nagual – Private Music (2012/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:57:02 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Alfa Music
Recordings, Mix and Mastering: Artesuono Studio, Ud. All compositions by Nagùal (Giovanni Ancorato)

Credo valga la pena chiederci perché si ascolta musica e cosa ci si aspetta da questa esperienza. Personalmente, oltre al piacere estetico che si prova di fronte ad una composizione interessante, un buon arrangiamento o una improvvisazione ben riuscita, quello che mi aspetto dalla musica è che essa susciti emozioni, che tocchi le corde più profonde dell’anima e le faccia vibrare, che “muova” dentro. Attraverso l’alchimia di suoni e silenzi abbiamo accesso a spazi interiori profondi e possiamo sperimentare “moods” differenti a seconda del momento, del nostro stato d’animo e del tipo di musica ascoltata. Quando ciò accade si realizza la “magia” dell’ascolto, fenomeno misterioso e irrazionale, evento imponderabile, non programmabile, reale eppur elusivo. Immergendoci nei suoni, come nel mare, scompaiono i confini tra esterno ed interno e, sospinti dalle onde sonore, ci lasciamo trasportare dalla corrente musicale verso lidi sconosciuti. I brani presentati in questo cd rappresentano la sintesi delle esperienze musicali maturate nel corso della mia vita. La passione per il mondo dei suoni, sviluppatasi sin da quando ero bambino, mi ha spinto ad una continua ricerca di differenti stili musicali che ho approfondito anche attraverso viaggi in paesi lontani per scoprire le “fonti”. Poi, poco a poco e spesso faticosamente, ognuno trova la propria strada, il proprio centro, ed in esso si raccoglie. Considererei realizzato questo lavoro se la musica qui proposta riuscisse a far scoccare quella scintilla emozionale così preziosa ed ineffabile. –Nagùal

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Nelson Freire – Bach (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nelson Freire – Bach (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:34 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk  | Digital Booklet | © Decca
Recorded: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Harburg, 17–21 August 2015

Nelson Freire brings a lifetime’s experience to his first-ever album devoted to the music of J.S Bach. It was recorded in Freire’s 70th birthday year and provides a superb overview of Bach on the piano: towering original works such as the Fourth Partita and Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue; one of Bach’s own keyboard transcriptions (the sublime slow movement of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto) plus a selection of transcriptions by Busoni, Siloti and Myra Hess.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Gran Partita – Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Gran Partita – Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:31 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: LINN  | Digital Booklet | © LINN Records
Recorded: April 2015, St George’s Church, Brandon Hill, Bristol, United Kingdom

For over four decades Pinnock’s name has been virtually synonymous with the early-music movement and, with a critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon discography of almost all the composer’s orchestral works, Mozart.

Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to inspire fantastically insightful performances of two favourites by two Classical masters: Mozart and Haydn.

The ‘Gran Partita’ is Mozart’s largest and arguably his most innovative instrumental work; it demonstrates the sensitivity of the colours of wind instruments in a score of unsurpassed variety. The driving principles are sonority, colour, texture, concertante effects, the juxtaposition of contrasting styles, and the mutability of musical ideas.

The nocturnes of Mozart’s mentor Haydn magnificently blend the timbres of strings and woodwind with unerring dramatic instinct. The work has all the scintillating argumentativeness and wit that one might expect of mature Haydn, whilst the central Adagio is sublime in its fragility.

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Slowly Rolling Camera – London (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Slowly Rolling Camera – London (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:05 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W  | Front Cover

Slowly Rolling Camera formed in Cardiff in 2013 and brought together four wildly talented musicians from diverse backgrounds in vocalist/lyricist Dionne Bennett, composer/keyboardist Dave Stapleton, drummer Elliot Bennett and producer/sound design artist Deri Roberts. The result was a captivating hybrid of these influences: trip hop, jazz, soul, electronic music fused into a new and unique soundscape. The product was their eponymous album, released on Edition Records in February 2014, described by The Guardian as a ‘powerful newcomer with Rising Star written all over it.

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Peter Gabriel – Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ (1989/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Peter Gabriel – Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ (1989/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:07 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: B&W  | Front Cover

Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there’s no mistaking the record’s stirring power. Like much of Gabriel’s solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film’s resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel’s best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion – Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.

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Neil Diamond – Velvet Gloves And Spit (1968/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Diamond – Velvet Gloves And Spit (1968/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:23 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Rock, Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Geffen Records

“Velvet Gloves and Spit” is the third album by Neil Diamond. His first for MCA’s Uni label, it included three low-charting singles: “Brooklyn Roads” (#58), “Two-Bit Manchild” (#66) and “Sunday Sun” (#68). Upon its initial release in 1968, it only had ten songs. After the success of Diamond’s next three albums, it was re-issued in 1970 with a new sleeve and now included a remake of “Shilo”, a song that had previously been recorded for Bang Records, and had appeared on the preceding album, “Just For You”. His motivation for doing this was the release of the song as a single by his old record label with a new backing track and alternate vocal take recorded at Chips Moman’s American Studios in Memphis, and its chart position at #24 outselling Diamond’s concurrently-released single “Until It’s Time for You to Go”, which only reached #53. The album quotes: “Much credit for “The Pot Smoker’s Song” must go to the kids of Phoenix House in New York City. Without the cooperation and frankness of these young ex-drug addicts who are still struggling to find their way back, this “song” never could have been done.” On early U.K. copies, “The Pot Smoker’s Song” was replaced by a b-side titled “Broad Old Woman (6 A.M. Insanity).”

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Mural – Mural (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Mural – Mural (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:50:52 minutes | 1,00 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © BERTHOLD Records

American-Japanese guitarist Aki Ishiguro, German bassist Peter Schwebs and Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren recorded their debut album MURAL in March of 2015 at Systems Two in Brooklyn, New York. MURAL is a collective group made of three rising jazz stars in New York. The band showcases each members’ virtuosic instrumental skills as well as their refined compositions. Subtle influences of European classical music, Japanese folk, and South American rhythms are just one the culmination of the multiple nationalities and cultures represented in the trio. The group’s collaboration is apparent through their balanced sound, wide dynamics, and seamless interaction. MURAL is truly a band effort – a single instrument with three musicians.

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Henry Wolking & Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra – In Sea (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Henry Wolking & Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra – In Sea (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:13:39 minutes | 975 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Big Round Records

IN SEA is jazz trombonist, conductor, arranger, and composer Henry Wolking’s debut album with Big Round Records. The works in this release do a fine job of representing Wolking’s talent for joining together many different styles, from Latin and rock to classical and swing. Performed by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, pieces on this track pay tribute to jazz icons of the past, such as Thad Jones and Bob Brookmeyer, who have been paramount in developing Wolking’s compositional style.

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Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1959/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:24 minutes | 478 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: May 11 and October 26 (#7), 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on May 11, 1956 and October 26 in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. Track 2 is a composition written for Davis by Eddie Vinson (see Blue Haze for more details). “Trane’s Blues” (also known as “Vierd Blues”, a tongue-in-cheek reference to Blue Note founder Francis Wolff’s heavily accented verdict on it), also credited to Davis, is in fact a John Coltrane composition (originally titled “John Paul Jones”, and from an earlier session led by bassist Paul Chambers; before the closing statement of theme, Coltrane and Davis play a bit of Charlie Parker’s “The Hymn”). Paul Chambers plays a cello bassline on “Half Nelson”.

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Miles Davis – The Musings Of Miles (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – The Musings Of Miles (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:52 minutes | 423 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, June 7, 1955
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

This was a forerunner of the Miles Davis Quintet as it was his first session with Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones. Up to then his Prestige dates had been of the “all star” variety. (Oscar Pettiford fills that bill here.) By the fall, John Coltrane and Paul Chambers would come aboard to help form the first of a continuum of great Davis working groups. On “A Night in Tunisia” Philly Joe used special sticks with little cymbals riveted to the shaft.

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Miles Davis – Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1961/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1961/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:04 minutes | 409 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: May 11 and October 26 (#5), 1956 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Of Miles Davis’s many bands, none was more influential and popular than the quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Davis’s muted ballads and medium-tempo standards endeared him to the public. The horns’ searing exposition of classics like “Salt Peanuts” and “Well, You Needn’t” captivated musicians. The searching, restless improvisations of Coltrane intrigued listeners who had a taste for adventure. The flawless rhythm section became a model for bands everywhere.

Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet is, in many respects representative of the total work of the quintet, it affords an excellent opportunity to examine just what this remarkable music was and how it was made. Such chemistry is inexplicable, and so, apparently, is the personality of the man who generated it. (more…)

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Miles Davis – Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet [Rudy Van Gelder Remaster] (1958/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet [Rudy Van Gelder Remaster] (1958/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time –  36:51 minutes | 414 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: May 11 (#5, 6) and October 26 (other selections), 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on 11 May 1956 and 26 October in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. These four albums are considered to be among the best performances in the whole hard bop subgenre. The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2005 for Prestige Records. This album includes dialogue snippets taken from the original master reel. It also emphasizes the Miles Davis’ concentrated ballad-style playing with his medium-register trumpet.

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Miles Davis – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Miles Davis – Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 33:25 minutes | 375 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: October 26, 1956 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2007, 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Cookin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet is the first of four classic albums that emerged from two marathon and fruitful sessions recorded in 1956 (the other three discs released in Cookin’s wake were Workin’, Relaxin’ and Steamin’). All the albums were recorded live in the studio, as Davis sought to capture, with Rudy Van Gelder’s expert engineering, the sense of a club show · la the Café Bohemia in New York, with his new quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. In Miles’s own words, he says he called this album Cookin’ because “that’s what we did-came in and cooked.” What’s particularly significant about this Davis album is his first recording of what became a classic tune for him: “My Funny Valentine.” Hot playing is also reserved for the uptempo number “Tune Up,” which revs with the zoom of both the leader and Trane. (more…)

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