Allan Harris - The Genius Of Eddie Jefferson (2018) [Official Digital Download]

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Allan Harris - The Genius Of Eddie Jefferson (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Allan Harris - The Genius Of Eddie Jefferson (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 40:55 minutes | 484 MB
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Allan Harris is the outstanding and internationally renowned vocalist, guitarist and composer. With his gruff, gravelly voice, his penchant for hep cat diction, and the serpentine bebop turns of his vocalese creations, the late Eddie Jefferson might not seem the ideal match for a classic romantic crooner like Allan Harris. The Brooklyn-born singer has previously paid homage to the songs of Billy Strayhorn and Nat King Cole, repertoire that seems like a more ideal fit. "The Genius of Eddie Jefferson" is an ideal blend of Harris’ rich, beguiling baritone and Jefferson’s bantering cool. The album follows Harris into adventurous new territory, at once embracing the challenge and making these bop classics as embracing and celebratory as his takes on jazz standards and swooning ballads. The album features alto saxophonist and long-time Eddie Jefferson partner, Richie Cole.

Jack DeSalvo & Tom Cabrera - Juniper (2014/2018) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Jack DeSalvo & Tom Cabrera - Juniper (2014/2018) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Jack DeSalvo, Tom Cabrera - Juniper (2014/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 58:07 minutes | 1,11 GB
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In their third collaboration for Unseen Rain Records, acoustic virtuosos Jack DeSalvo and Tom Cabrera make their most ambitious musical statement yet, including creations with multiple layers of strings and percussion, their signature duos, and a solo piece each.

Yelena Eckemoff - Everblue (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Yelena Eckemoff - Everblue (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Yelena Eckemoff Quartet - Everblue (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:15 minutes | 674 MB
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In a quick follow-up to her masterful album "Lions", Russian-born and now North Carolina-based pianist Yelena Eckemoff offers up Everblue, the most "ECM Records-sounding" set not on that deservedly esteemed label. It is, rather, released on her own L&H Productions. The names of the sidemen on the date explain in part the ECM-like sound: saxophonist Tore Brunborg, bassist Arild Andersen, and drummer Jon Christensen, the Norwegian contingent, are all long time ECM Records artists, as leaders and hired guns for other players, and their long term contributions have been instrumental in shaping the ECM aesthetic of subtlety, intricacy, and fluid motion.

Yelena Eckemoff - Lions (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Yelena Eckemoff - Lions (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Yelena Eckemoff Trio - Lions (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 93:57 minutes | 1,88 GB
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For Yelena Eckemoff, finding the nexus where training and an early successful career in the classical sphere meet with the Moscow-born, North Carolina-resident pianist/composer's more recent predilection for jazz and improvised music has been a wholly natural pursuit. A meeting place where the whole is invariably greater than the sum of its parts, with "Lions" - her eighth jazz album in nine years - Eckemoff once again raises the bar on a very personal approach to bringing detailed composition and freewheeling extemporization together with the idea of music as real narrative.

The Jimmy Cobb Quartet - Cobb's Corner (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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The Jimmy Cobb Quartet - Cobb's Corner (2007) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

The Jimmy Cobb Quartet - Cobb's Corner (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 56:24 minutes | 1,12 GB
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Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb is perhaps most famous in his role as the backbone to Miles Davis's best albums, but the unstoppable Cobb is also an excellent band leader in his own right, as evidenced here.

Philippe Jordan, Wiener Symphoniker - Schubert: Symphonies 7 & 8 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Philippe Jordan, Wiener Symphoniker - Schubert: Symphonies 7 & 8 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Philippe Jordan, Wiener Symphoniker - Schubert: Symphonies 7 & 8 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 76:56 minutes | 1,19 GB
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Philippe Jordan has already established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors manning the podiums before the worlds great concert hall stages. At present, he is Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris and Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker, but his many past and present European orchestral engagements suggest a conductor highly respected and in great demand. Giving its first concert in its earliest incarnation at the very turn of 20th century, the Wiener Symphoniker, led here by Mr. Jordan in Franz Schubert's final two, and greatest, symphonies, handles the lions share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central place in the orchestras various artistic pursuits.

Fatima - Still Dreaming (2016) [Official Digital Download]

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Fatima - Still Dreaming (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Fatima - Still Dreaming (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 23:29 minutes | 295 MB
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This five track EP from Swedish-born, London-based Fatima, her first recording for Blue Note, contains songs from her acclaimed, previously released debut album Yellow Memories along with older material and two new songs: It Keeps Raining and The Spirit.

Piers Lane, Tasmanian SO, Howard Shelley - Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos (2014) [24/96] REPOST

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Piers Lane, Tasmanian SO, Howard Shelley - Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos (2014) [24/96] REPOST

Piers Lane, Tasmanian SO, Howard Shelley - Williamson: The Complete Piano Concertos (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 116:23 minutes | 1,97 GB
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A real rarity from Hyperion's Anglo-Australian artistic collaboration: music by an Australian composer who was once at the heart of the English establishment. Malcolm Williamson was one of many Australian creative artists who relocated to Britain in the mid-twentieth century. This double-album set of the complete Piano Concertos is therefore an important document as well as a compendium of deeply appealing music. Williamson wrote with a generosity of emotion and melodic flair rare in the mid-twentieth century, in a forward-looking idiom. Piers Lane, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Howard Shelley are the ideal performers of these unjustly neglected works.

Richard Barbieri - Planets + Persona (2017) [Official Digital Download]

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Richard Barbieri - Planets + Persona (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Richard Barbieri - Planets + Persona (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 53:11 minutes | 590 MB
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The Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri releases his most sonically expansive work to date, with a brand new album entitled "Planets + Persona". It is the third Barbieri solo album, but the first to feature such a wide pallet of instrumentation. Vintage analogue synthesisers combine with acoustic performances and jazz elements. Twisted voices are always present, though not in a language we can recognise. Barbieri skilfully utilises the talents of a pan-European core of musicians to produce an album that marries synthesised sounds with organic instrumentation to conjure up vivid, colourful and allusive soundscapes. It’s a skilful commingling of texture and tone, mood and musicality.

Lewis Wright, Kit Downes - Duets (2018) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Lewis Wright, Kit Downes - Duets (2018) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Lewis Wright, Kit Downes - Duets (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 32:44 minutes | 546 MB
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Award-winning British vibraphonist, composer and drummer Lewis Wright explodes the rhythmic and polyphonic possibilities offered by vibraphone and piano. His new album "Duets" reinforces his claim to be a very serious international musician. If you already thought as much – on the evidence of his exemplary vibes work with Empirical – then Duets adds a further seven case studies of exquisite chamber jazz, beautifully recorded at Air Studios.

The Stars Of Faith Of Black Nativity - Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1970/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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The Stars Of Faith Of Black Nativity - Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1970/2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

The Stars Of Faith Of Black Nativity - In Europe: Swing Low Sweet Chariot (1970/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 45:49 minutes | 913 MB
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One of America’s greatest gospel groups, The Stars of Faith was founded in 1958 by five members of the legendary Clara Ward Singers. Faith performed at the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. They performed and toured with famed poet Langston Hughes’ Broadway play Black Nativity, gave a command performance for the English Royal Family, and appeared in Berlin with the Reverend Martin Luther King in front of a crowd of 20,000. Recorded live during a three-month European tour in 1969 the album represents an apotheosis of Afro-American gospel.

Ralph Alessi - Baida (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Ralph Alessi - Baida (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Ralph Alessi, Jason Moran, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits - Baida (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 56:17 minutes | 1,16 GB
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Trumpeter Ralph Alessi makes his ECM debut as a bandleader with "Baida", an album of atmospheric depth and melodic allure. To bring his compositions to life, Alessi assembled a powerhouse New York group consisting of pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits; the sessions were produced by multiple Grammy nominee and winner Manfred Eicher. As a vessel for the music's seemingly bottomless lyricism, Alessi's quartet plays with extraordinary finesse; however there is also a tensile strength emanating from the performances.

Ralph Alessi - Quiver (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Ralph Alessi - Quiver (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits - Quiver (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 56:26 minutes | 1,14 GB
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Trumpeter Ralph Alessis ECM leader debut 2013s "Baida" was the album where everything came together for him, according to Nate Chinen in a JazzTimes profile. Without abandoning his yen for oppositional energies, its a beautifully coherent statement, not just his most accomplished album but a contender for one of the years best. With Quiver, Alessi teams with pianist Gary Versace and the trumpeters longtime rhythm section of choice bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits to create a follow-up of quicksilver melodicism and subtly energized rhythm; there is a lyricism to Alessis playing that channels such forebears as Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler, the mood reflective, even pensive. As DownBeat says, "Alessi works between the notes, his thoughtful, conversational solos as meditative as a calligraphers art, each line free-flowing and declarative but with immaculate shape and beauty".

Quartonal - Everytime A Capella (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Quartonal - Everytime A Capella (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Quartonal - Everytime A Capella (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 57:30 minutes | 1,11 GB
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The a cappella ensemble Quartonal is one of the most promising vocal groups to emerge from Germany in recent years. Following their highly successful debut release, this second album features outstanding a cappella settings ranging from George Michael’s "Faith" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" to beautiful traditional numbers. The choir won First Prize at the German National Choir Competition in the Vocal ensemble category. They were also awarded the “audience and jury awards” at the ‘A Capella’ contest in Leipzig as well as winning the ‘Tolosako Abesbatza Lehiaheta’ choir competition in Tolosa (Spain).

Nicole Cabell, Craig Terry - Chanson d'avril (2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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Nicole Cabell, Craig Terry - Chanson d'avril (2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Nicole Cabell, Craig Terry - Chanson d'avril (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 65:21 minutes | 1,03 GB
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American lyric soprano Nicole Cabell's 2007 solo debut album was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards. Drawn strongly to the French vocal repertoire, on this 2014 release Cabell explores the world of the chanson, and its direct descendant, the mélodie: France’s answer to the German lied, or art song. The finest of mélodie composers are represented on this collection: Georges Bizet, Henri Duparc, Franz Liszt and Maurice Ravel. Cabell's rich, silky-smooth voice and beautifully nuanced interpretations are supported with sensitivity and elegance by pianist Craig Terry.