Sharon Bezaly, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Neeme Jarvi - Great Works for Flute and Orchestra (2013)

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Sharon Bezaly, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Neeme Jarvi - Great Works for Flute and Orchestra (2013)

Great Works for Flute and Orchestra (2013)
Nielsen, Griffes, Reinecke, Chaminade, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov
Sharon Bezaly, flute; Residentie Orkest Den Haag, conducted by Neeme Järvi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-1679 | Time: 01:09:25

The recordings on Sweden's BIS label by Israeli-born flutist Sharon Bezaly have exposed a great deal of neglected and often highly virtuosic repertory, much of its brought within reach by Bezaly's unusual circular breathing technique. She's a remarkable flutist, but it's her repertory selection that really sets her apart from the crowd. She actually throws in some chestnuts, like Cécile Chaminade's Concertino for flute and orchestra, Op. 107, this time around, but the highlight is a really nifty and unknown little work: the Flute Concert in D major, Op. 283, of Carl Reinecke, composed in 1908. Its three movements reduce Wagnerian language to a compact concerto in all kinds of ingenious ways. Sample the first movement, where the flute provides a charming pastoral element against a varying backdrop. The other works are each characteristic of their composer, even including the very early Largo and Allegro for flute and strings of Tchaikovsky.

John Surman - Coruscating (2000)

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John Surman - Coruscating (2000)

John Surman - Coruscating (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 1702, 543 033-2 | Time: 00:53:59
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Composition

British multireed player John Surman has enjoyed a long career, making significant marks in free jazz, modal, and fusion, and also developing his own distinctive blend of folk and jazz elements. His ability to bridge styles has even extended to 1999's treatment of Renaissance-era composer John Dowland's songs, In Darkness Let Me Dwell with the Hilliard Ensemble's John Potter. Coruscating is another unusual venture, with Surman and regular associate bassist Chris Laurence improvising on eight of Surman's compositions with the string quartet Trans4mation. There's a seamless beauty here, composition and improvisation becoming one. Beginning with the baroque clarity of melody on "At Dusk," Coruscating develops often dark, looming textures. While Surman has made his baritone fly, here he emphasizes intense lyricism, whether with a true, full-bodied, baritone sound or a light upper register. "Stone Flower" is dedicated to the great Ellington baritonist Harry Carney, and Surman's breathy, overtone-rich sound invokes Carney's own recordings with strings.

Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema: The Bossa Nova Years (1989) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema: The Bossa Nova Years (1989) 4 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema: The Bossa Nova Years (1989) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.24 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 510 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Bossa Nova | Label: PolyGram/Verve | # 823 611-2 | Time: 03:40:46

This five-LP box set (which has been reissued on CD) contains nearly all of Stan Getz's classic bossa nova sessions, five wonderful yet diverse LPs (Jazz Samba, Big Band Bossa Nova, Jazz Samba Encore, Stan Getz/Laurindo Almedia, and Getz/Gilberto). The cool-toned tenor is heard on his groundbreaking collaboration with guitarist Charlie Byrd (which resulted in the best-selling "Desafinado"), is showcased with a big band arranged by Gary McFarland (introducing "No More Blues" and "One Note Samba"), stars in recordings with guitarists Laurindo Almeida and Luiz Bonfa, and is heard at the famous meeting with composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim, guitarist João Gilberto, and singer Astrud Gilberto, which resulted in the major hit "The Girl From Ipanema." This essential set finishes off with three previously unissued performances from a 1964 Carnegie Hall Concert, concluding with a remake of "The Girl From Ipanema." These recordings stand as proof that it is possible for good music to sell.

Reinhard Goebel & Musica Antiqua Koln - J.S. Bach: Chamber Music (1983) Reissue 2005 [Gramophone Awards Collection]

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Reinhard Goebel & Musica Antiqua Koln - J.S. Bach: Chamber Music (1983) Reissue 2005 [Gramophone Awards Collection]

Reinhard Goebel & Musica Antiqua Köln - J.S. Bach: Chamber Music (1983) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.78 Gb | Scans ~ 45 Mb | Time: 05:30:57
Genre: Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 476 7117

Having all of these works collected together is a real treasure. It is one of the most beautiful collections I've heard. 5 cd's of all of Bach's chamber music, exquisitely performed by the outstanding soloists of Musica Antiqua Koln. Reinhard Goebel's performance of the violin works is simply perfect. As I've said before, Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord have been in the shadows for too long, they deserve to be heard and this performance proves it. They are a delightful partnership between violin and harpsichord. The tempos are fairly brisk but the performance is so clearly articulated that the result is energetic and very rewarding.

VA - The Best Punk Anthems ...Ever! (1998) 2CDs

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VA - The Best Punk Anthems ...Ever! (1998) 2CDs

VA - The Best Punk Anthems …Ever! (1998) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.13 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 396 Mb | Scans included
Label: Virgin, Circa | # VTDCD 198, 7243 8 46129 2 4 | Time: 02:37:53
Genre: Punk Rock, New Wave, Pop Punk, Post-Punk

The brilliance of this collection is that it combines the standard Brit-punk anthems by the Sex Pistols, the Damned, the Buzzcocks, and Stiff Little Fingers with other great songs that typify the variety and range of punk-era independent music from both sides of the Atlantic. The songs are so well chosen that the punk aesthetic is further revealed by the inclusion of songs that characterize pub rock, new wave, and other related genres. The usual punk suspects ("New Rose," "Anarchy in the UK") are all here, along with many other treasures: Dr. Feelgood's "Milk and Alcohol", Devo's "Mongoloid," Jonathan Richman's "Roadrunner," Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," and Television's "Marquee Moon." The less commonly anthologized punk selections are inspired, too: the Ruts' "Babylon Is Burning," Generation X's "Ready Steady Go," and X-Ray Spex's "Identity," along with the seminal "Sheena is a Punk Rocker." The conception of the genre is expanded further to include Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, XTC, Joe Jackson, the Pretenders, the Tubes, and Blondie, and their presence overcomes the tendency for boring repetition on a very long collection.

David Benoit featuring Jane Monheit - 2 In Love (2015)

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David Benoit featuring Jane Monheit - 2 In Love (2015)

David Benoit featuring Jane Monheit - 2 In Love (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 90 Mb
Label: Concord Jazz | # CRE 37135-02 | Time: 00:39:21
Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz

On his 35th album as a leader, pianist and composer David Benoit changed up his game. Remarkably, 2 in Love is the very first time in his long career that he's worked with a vocalist on an entire album. His chosen collaborator is Jane Monheit, one of the most celebrated mainstream jazz singers. All but one of these ten songs are originals co-written with three different lyricists: Lorraine Feather, Mark Winkler, and Spencer Day. Produced by the pianist, 2 in Love was cut live in the studio – a daunting prospect for most contemporary vocalists. But Monheit is no ordinary singer. Check her delivery on the knotty, Latin-tinged opener "Barcelona Nights." She glides through the changes and imbues her canny phrasing with just a hint of samba, with each articulated syllable entrenched in the song's groove. The sultry passion in her utterance is complemented beautifully by Pat Kelly's nylon-string guitar in the bridge. The title track is a swinging bossa with charging piano and hand percussion. Monheit has demonstrated throughout her career that her grasp on the form is both expert and soulful.

Hansheinz Schneeberger, Daniel Cholette - Charles Ives: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)

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Hansheinz Schneeberger, Daniel Cholette - Charles Ives: Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)

Charles Ives - Sonatas for Violin and Piano (1999)
Hansheinz Schneeberger, violin; Daniel Cholette, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:57
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1605, 449 956-2

Whereas most musicians seem to emphasize the music's reflective, nostalgic elements, Schneeberger and Cholette are more attuned to the abstract qualities in the music. On balance, I find that I still prefer the traditional approach, exemplified by Shannon and Fulkerson. To my ears, these artists manage to capture something wonderfully magical and mysterious that just eludes Schneeberger and Cholette. However, I should note that some critics have given high praise to this ECM disc. For example, it was awarded five stars in a BBC Music Magazine review. Another bonus: The ECM recording squeezes all four sonatas on a single disc.

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Volume 4: Soul (1994)

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VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Volume 4: Soul (1994)

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Volume 4: Soul (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb
Label: Rhino | # R2 71604 | Time: 00:55:17 | Scans ~ 41 Mb
Instrumental Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Early Pop/Rock

The most consistently enticing disc in the Rock Instrumental Classics series, this is both a great party and driving record and a window on the rhythms that powered soul music in the '60s (and early '70s, in two cases). In addition to some obvious choices (the four Booker T. & the MG's tracks, the Mar-Keys' "Last Night"), it also offers some left-field picks, such as the varied approaches to Latin music offered by Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, and El Chicano. The stock of virtuoso performances here is all but endless: the bass-and-drums breakdown on Cliff Nobles and Co.'s "The Horse," the glinting guitar solo on the Bar-Kays' "Soul Finger," Hugh Masekela's questing trumpet on "Grazing in the Grass".

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)

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VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)

VA - Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 5: Surf (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Genre: Surf, Instrumental Pop/Rock | Label: Rhino | # R2 71605 | Time: 00:42:11

Rhino closes its five-volume rock instrumentals series with an 18-track outing devoted to surf guitar. This fast-paced, prickly, and frequently exciting form may not be among the most diversified structurally, but if does offer some surging playing from its practitioners. They range from founding father Dick Dale to its most popular bands, the Surfaris, Belairs, Ventures, and Chantays. While not particularly a hardcore surf collection, this disc certainly outlines its virtues, and the tunes were long enough to display guitar proficiency, but short enough to prevent self-indulgence and repetition.

Sir Neville Marriner, Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Boult - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (1999) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Sir Neville Marriner, Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Boult - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (1999) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (1999) 2CDs
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner
New Queen's Hall Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 644 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 347 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Orchestral | Label: Decca | # 460 357-2 | Time: 02:25:54

This two-CD collection offers a strong, masterfully performed selection of Vaughan Williams' shorter orchestral works. All the best-known pieces are here–the Tallis Fantasia, the Fantasia on Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending, Dives and Lazarus–as well as lesser-known but equally beautiful works such as the Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, the Concerto Grosso and the Oboe Concerto. Disc One is devoted to performances by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; on Disc Two, Barry Wordsworth and the New Queen's Hall Orchestra take over, except for one selection–the fiercely dramatic Partita for Double String Orchestra–performed by Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic. I did not think there could be a more beautiful performance of The Lark Ascending than the one by Boult and Hugh Bean, but the recording here by Marriner and Iona Brown is at very least its equal. For anyone who loves the music of Vaughan Williams, or for anyone who wants to get acquainted with this great and underrated composer, this double-CD set is a must.

Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection (2003) Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

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Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection (2003) Deluxe Edition [Re-Up]

Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos Collection (2003) Limited Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 493 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Time: 01:18:51
DVD5 | NTSC | 4:3 (720x480) VBR | AC3, 6 ch 448Kbps / LPCM, 2 ch, 1536 kbps | 00:29:38 | ~ 1.3 Gb
Label: Atlantic | # 7567-83658-5 | Scans ~ 99 Mb
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter

The first compilation of Tori Amos hits from her multi-platinum catalog… Remixed. Re-Mastered. Revealed. She has sold fifteen million records worldwide, done numerous sold-out world tours, and has amassed one of the most loyal followings in contemporary music. Now Tori Amos gives her fans more of the soul-searching lyrics and complex melodies that her devotees have come to live and breathe for. Sixteen of her most popular songs…plus two re-recorded rarities and two brand-new tracks heard here for the very first time. Twenty songs in all – plus a bonus DVD featuring three newly filmed live songs, and two additional Remixed 5.1 Audio Tracks – forging the first-ever definitive Tori Amos Collection.

Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set

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Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set

Duane Eddy - The Very Best Of Duane Eddy (2015) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 969 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 415 Mb | Scans included
Label: Not Now Music | # NOT3CD200 | Time: 02:57:39
Genre: Rock & Roll, Instrumental Pop/Rock

Now well into his eighth decade, Duane Eddy is still on the road and continues to make records with a new generation of players; these include Richard Hawley, who produced the 'Road Trip' album for him in 2011, the same year he played Glastonbury. Enjoy this unique individual back in his heyday with this 3CD set, and, as the opening track so eloquently puts it, dance with the guitar man!

Ray Barretto & New World Spirit - Taboo (1994)

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Ray Barretto & New World Spirit - Taboo (1994)

Ray Barretto & New World Spirit - Taboo (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included
Label: Concord Picante | # CCD-4601 | Time: 00:54:23
Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, World Fusion

Ray Barretto's Taboo features a new, smaller version of his New World Spirit ensemble. Hector Martignon, who composes along with Barretto, is still here, as are Satoshi Takeishi, Ray Vega, and Jairo Moreno. Saxophonist Adam Kolker takes the sax chair vacated by Jay Rodriguez, and guitarist Alfredo Gonzales has not been replaced. The material is far jazzier on Taboo. Barretto explored the roots of Latin jazz as it transformed itself into the New York version of son and salsa on 2003's Hot Hands: Ancestral Messages, and Taboo serves as a guidebook to present and future tenses of Latin jazz. For starters, one can read between the lines that Ray Vega's charts have moved far a-field of the standard notions surrounding big band arrangements. Everything here feels fluid and relaxed; the playing leaves spontaneity in the air whether it is on a Barretto or a Martignon original, such as on "Bomba-Riquen," "99 MacDougal St," or something from the hard bop cannon by Nat Adderley and Oscar Brown, Jr., such as the classic "Work Song," or a modal tune like McCoy Tyner's "Effendi".

Andras Schiff & Peter Serkin - Music for Two Pianos: Mozart, Reger, Busoni (1999) 2CDs

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Andras Schiff & Peter Serkin - Music for Two Pianos: Mozart, Reger, Busoni (1999) 2CDs

András Schiff & Peter Serkin - Music for Two Pianos: Mozart, Reger, Busoni (1999) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb | Time: 01:32:17
Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1676/77, 465 062-2

Andras Schiff and Peter Serkin, internationally celebrated and multi-award winning classical soloists, make their New Series debuts with Music for Two Pianos. Regarded as 2 of the greatest pianists of our time, Schiff and Serkin are very seldom heard - as they are here - as piano duo. With this recording, ECM begins a long-term relationship with Andras Schiff, a musician described by Gramophone magazine as "a unique poetic voice among the pianists".

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part (2001) 2CD Limited Edition [Re-Up]

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part (2001) 2CD Limited Edition [Re-Up]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part (2001) 2CD Limited Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 428 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb
Bonus Data (audio & video) ~ 224 Mb | Scans ~ 137 Mb
Alternative Rock | Label: Mute | # LCDStumm164 | Time: 01:16:55

No More Shall We Part is the eleventh studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 2 April 2001 in the UK (and 10 April in the US). The album came after a 4-year gap from recording, following the much acclaimed album The Boatman's Call. Cave had to overcome heavy heroin and alcohol addictions in 1999-2000 before starting work on the album. It was met with mostly positive reviews. This is Limited Edition with Two Bonus Tracks and a Cdrom with Exclusive Footage of the Band. The Bonus Tracks Are 'bless his Ever Loving Heart' and 'grief Came Riding'.