Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (1963) [Reissue 1999]

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Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (1963) [Reissue 1999]

Herbie Hancock - My Point of View (1963) [Reissue 1999]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 219 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 32 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 21226 2 2)

Takin' Off was an impressive debut effort from Herbie Hancock, and his second record, My Point of View, proved that it was no fluke. Hancock took two risks with the album - his five original compositions covered more diverse stylistic ground than his debut, and he assembled a large septet for the sessions; the band features such stellar musicians as trumpeter Donald Byrd, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, drummer Tony Williams, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Chuck Israels, and trombonist Grachan Moncur III. It's a rare occasion that all seven musicians appear on the same track, which speaks well for the pianist's arranging capabilities…

National Health - Of Queues And Cures (1978) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)

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National Health - Of Queues And Cures (1978) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)

National Health - Of Queues And Cures (1978) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 323 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2130)

Of Queues and Cures is one of the last and finest examples of the instrumental Canterbury sound on record during the 1970s. This somewhat sweeping claim for National Health's second album is made not only because of the complexity and quirkiness heard throughout, but because of the presence - quite rare in the years to follow - of fuzz organ, here played by Dave Stewart prior to his departure from the group and the return of the arguably jazzier and less fuzz-inclined Alan Gowen as sole keyboardist.

Banco De Gaia - 30 Times Around the Sun (2019)

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Banco De Gaia - 30 Times Around the Sun (2019)

Banco De Gaia - 30 Times Around the Sun (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 1,41 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 503 MB | Front cover
Genre: Downtempo, Dub, Tribal, World, Techno, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Disco Gecko

30 Times Around the Sun is a compilation of tracks drawn from the last 30 years of Banco de Gaia, with every track written, recorded or released in different years during that time. In chronological order, the compilation begins with an early experimental live track and ends with Banco’s latest work. The collection spans house, techno, breakbeats, world music, ambient, dub and avant garde, showcasing the wide range of Toby’s (and Andy’s) musical interests. Various guest musicians are featured as well as a variety of remixers who further extend the styles on offer. A lot of ground is covered over the 30 years but there is a consistency at it’s heart, reflecting Toby’s ongoing pursuit of a perfect musical expression whatever the style.

Cabinets of Curiosity - The Chaos Game (2019)

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Cabinets of Curiosity - The Chaos Game (2019)

Cabinets of Curiosity - The Chaos Game (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 411 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 145 MB | Front cover
Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: DM Sound Studio Recordings

The Chaos Game is a mind-bending first full-length effort that deserves its place amongst analogs like Bubblemath, Knifeworld, Diablo Swing Orchestra, and Frank Zappa. Cabinets of Curiosity is a seven-piece ensemble comprised of vocalist Nat Hornyak, bassist Jared Hirst, guitarist Bran Blackmire, keyboardist Justin Jones (who's also in Tungsten, a Philadelphia-based prog metal band), lead guitarist/songwriter James Naprawa, flutist Kristina Bacich, and saxophonist Anthony Warga. They reasonably define their style as "Fragile-era Yes meets Kamelot" and "Frank Zappa meets Fiona Apple"; specifically, Naprawa says that they aim to "touch on what made the classic era of prog so magical," which means merging "super technical" moments in "insane time signatures" with "hummable" musicality.

Swifan Eolh & The Mudra Choir - The Key (2019)

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Swifan Eolh & The Mudra Choir - The Key (2019)

Swifan Eolh & The Mudra Choir - The Key (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 295 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Apollon Records (Arp019CD)

"The Key" is the debut album from Norwegian progressive rock band Swifan Eolh & The Mudra Choir.
This album was executed by the whole band playing live in the studio, keeping the original bass and drum tracks, while later overdubbing vocals, guitars and keyboards. The songs often come to light in a process of combining ideas made by Tom Inge Andersen and Rune Seip Bjørnflaten and arranging them in companionship with the whole band. Each song seems to have a life of their own and is intuitively given their unique form. Lyrics are written by Rune Seip Bjørnflaten. The texts are expressions of a spiritually seeking attitude, finding inspiration in the esoteric traditions, addressing the labyrinths of the mind, still pointing out keys to freedom from the abyss of suffering.

Nancy Kelly - Born To Swing (2006)

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Nancy Kelly - Born To Swing (2006)

Nancy Kelly - Born To Swing (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 358 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 153 MB | Covers (17 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Amherst Records (AMH 4422-2)

Nancy Kelly has paid her dues over her career and produced her best CD as a result of her hard work. She benefits considerably from the presence of tenor saxophonist Houston Person on this studio date, as he provides the perfect foil for her sassy vocals. Her regular rhythm section - consisting of pianist Dino Losito, bassist Neil Minor, and drummer Mark Taylor - also provides strong support. Seven of the dozen tracks she chose are standards from the 1930s through the 1950s, including a spirited take of "I've Got the World on a String," a midtempo bossa nova setting of "Like Someone in Love" (with Losito switching to electric piano), and a driving "Falling in Love with Love," the latter two with Person sitting out…

Anathema - Judgement (1999) [Limited Edition]

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Anathema - Judgement (1999) [Limited Edition]

Anathema - Judgement (1999) [Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 387 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 143 MB | Covers - 38 MB
Genre: Psychedelic/Atmospheric Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Music For Nations (CDMFNX 250)

After the mildly disappointing Alternative 4, Anathema strikes back with Judgement. Upon first listen, the music and message seem a bit mellow for these doomy metal moguls. Second listen is like a magical rediscovery of a lost art form, the art of creating simple, depressing hard rock that is so emotionally expressive that it bends one's own constitution. Quiet and introspective on songs like "One Last Goodbye" and "Anyone, Anywhere," Anathema has the ability to spew forth raw, volcanic pain on cuts like "Judgement" and "Pitiless" - the last of which contains the most heart-wrenching solo the Cavanagh brothers have ever penned…

Art Pepper - Art Pepper + Eleven (1959) [Reissue 1998]

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Art Pepper - Art Pepper + Eleven (1959) [Reissue 1998]

Art Pepper - Art Pepper + Eleven (1959) [Reissue 1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 360 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 148 MB | Covers (18 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICJ-60245), Japan

This is a true classic. Altoist Art Pepper is joined by an 11-piece band playing Marty Paich arrangements of a dozen jazz standards from the bop and cool jazz era. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon has a few solos, but the focus is very much on the altoist who is in peak form for this period. Throughout, Pepper sounds quite inspired by Paich's charts which feature the band as an active part of the music rather than just in the background. Highlights of this highly enjoyable set include "Move," "Four Brothers," "Shaw Nuff," "Anthropology," and "Donna Lee," but there is not a single throwaway track to be heard. Essential music for all serious jazz collections.

FM - Black Noise (1977) [Japanese Edition 2013]

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FM - Black Noise (1977) [Japanese Edition 2013]

FM - Black Noise (1977) [Japanese Edition 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 269 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 150 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Arcangelo (ARC-8076)

Mixing cold, mechanical instrumentation with the sizzle of keyboards, FM played an irregular style of progressive music that sounded isolated and pleasantly hollow. Even the warmth of Cameron Hawkins voice can't take away the harshness in the sound, which is why this album portrays mood so effectively. "Phasors on Stun" sounds like it's sung from the blackness of space, with piercing laser blasts shooting through the body of the song. "Hours" is a stellar array of synth, drums, and "effects" that musically casts an image of time travel, while "Slaughter in Robot Village" uses glockenspiel, electric violins, and mandolin to illustrate a battle between gigantic metal beasts. Nash the Slash uses his voice and his violins to conjure up a science fiction motif that is convincing through all eight songs…

Isao Tomita - Moussorgsky-Tomita: Pictures At An Exhibition (1975) [Japanese Edition 2014]

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Isao Tomita - Moussorgsky-Tomita: Pictures At An Exhibition (1975) [Japanese Edition 2014]

Isao Tomita - Moussorgsky-Tomita: Pictures At An Exhibition (1975) [Japanese Edition 2014]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 251 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 124 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Modern Classical, Electronic | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Denon/Nippon Columbia (COGQ-67)

Originally released in 1975, follow up to Snowflakes are Dancing. Versions of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Carefully and painstakingly constructed with a bigger sound than before. Comes with bonus track of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and J.S. Bach's The Sea Named Solaris.

Oscar Peterson Trio - Complete 1952 Verve Studio Sessions with Lester Young (2001) (Repost)

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Oscar Peterson Trio - Complete 1952 Verve Studio Sessions with Lester Young (2001) (Repost)

Oscar Peterson Trio - Complete 1952 Verve Studio Sessions with Lester Young (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 241 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 149 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Definitive Records (DRCD11235)

The strong, powerful pianism of a great virtuoso, accompanying the Father of Cool Tenors Lester Young with guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown and drummer J. C. Heard. A splendid and enjoyable repertoire of great classical American standards as such Just You Just Me, Tea For Two, Indiana, These Foolish Things, I Can't Get Started, Stardust, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Almost Like Being In Love, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, There Will Never Be Another You, I'm Confessin', among others.

Éléphant Tôk Project - Sitting with Bull (2018)

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Éléphant Tôk Project - Sitting with Bull (2018)

Elephant Tok Project - Sitting with Bull (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 315 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Covers - 72 MB
Genre: Avant-Prog, Zeuhl, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: D3P Records (D3P03)

A French Zeuhl project Elephant Tok (Éléphant Tôk) have been founded originally as a saxophone / bass / drums-based trio by a drummer Daniel Jeand'heur (ex-One Shot, Pienza, B12 4tet etc. etc.). With getting massively influenced by 70s progressive rock combos like Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Lifetime, and especially Magma they have launched their originally structured music full of improvisational riffs. Soon after that they changed their formation into septet with a great support of a rapper / comedian Sebastien "Onan" Morin…

The Montgomery Brothers - Groove Yard (1961) [Reissue 1994]

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The Montgomery Brothers - Groove Yard (1961) [Reissue 1994]

The Montgomery Brothers - Groove Yard (1961) [Reissue 1994]
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 234 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 97 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Original Jazz Classics/Riverside (OJCCD-139-2, RLP-9362)

Wes Montgomery was reunited with his brothers Monk and Buddy on this 1961 Riverside session, which also features drummer Bobby Thomas. The guitarist and his brothers are in great form throughout the session in spite of the less-than-ideal piano provided. According to producer Orrin Keepnews, Buddy Montgomery originally intended to split his time on the date between vibes and piano, but the failure of the motor on the former instrument caused him to spend most of his time at the keyboard. The highlight of the evening in the studio is a foot-tapping version of Carl Perkins' "Groove Yard," followed closely by a wild ride through Harold Land's "Delirium." The leader contributed the soulful hard bop work "Doujie." The pianist wrote the driving "Just for Now" and the easygoing blues "Bock to Bock."

The Tangent - Down And Out In Paris And London (2009) [Limited Edition] (Repost)

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The Tangent - Down And Out In Paris And London (2009) [Limited Edition] (Repost)

The Tangent - Down And Out In Paris And London (2009) [Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 455 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 151 MB | Covers - 34 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: InsideOut Music (0505042)

Down And Out In Paris And London is not only a very fine studio work, but also probably their most inspired since the terrific A Place In The Queue. There were some radical line up changes that made a bit aware of it too. After all Andy Tillson dropped all the swedish connections now, at least the phisical ones. Gone are the members or ex members of the Flower Kings replaced by an all english line up. Now with Paul Burguess (Camel, Jetrho Tull, 10cc) on drums and Jonathan Barrett (from Tillson´s other project Parallel Or 90 Degrees) on bass and without a lead guitarrist (a good thing, since their last guitar player did not fit well at all). But stylistic speaking, their sound remains as close to TFK as ever…

Rosemary Clooney - The Very Best Of Rosemary Clooney (1992)

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Rosemary Clooney - The Very Best Of Rosemary Clooney (1992)

Rosemary Clooney - The Very Best Of Rosemary Clooney (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 288 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 160 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Heartland Music (HD 2040)

Iconic American vocalist of the 1940s and '50s blurred the line between pop and jazz.
Before the rock & roll revolution, Rosemary Clooney was one of the most popular female singers in America, rising to superstardom during the golden age of adult pop. Like many of her peers in the so-called "girl singer" movement - Doris Day, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, et al. - Clooney's style was grounded in jazz, particularly big-band swing. She wasn't an improviser or a technical virtuoso, and lacked the training to stand on an equal footing with the greatest true jazz singers. However, she sang with an effortless, spirited swing, and was everything else a great pop singer of her era should have been…