Lee Morgan – Candy (1957/2014) [Acoustic Sounds 24-192]

Lee Morgan – Candy (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:11 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: Acoustic Sounds

Candy was recorded by Lee Morgan in 1958 and was produced by Alfred Lion. Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ, the album features performances by Morgan, Sonny Clark, Doug Watkins and Art Taylor.

Recorded when he was only 19, Candy was one of the first albums (along with The Cooker, recorded the same year) where Lee Morgan showed his own unique style. His prodigal technical virtuosity had already been proven at this time in the Dizzy Gilliespie band, but Morgan’s first solo ventures had been remarkable only because of his young age. Here, the influence of some of Morgan’s mentors can be seen, but instead of just emulating the style of older trumpeters like Clifford Brown, he has begun absorbing bits and pieces of the phrasing and style of a wide range of musicians, from Gillespie to Miles Davis, then using them to forge his own sound. Morgan places himself front and center here — there are no other horns to carry the melodic lines, leaving him quite exposed, but he manages to perform beautifully. Not merely a technical marvel, his tone on this album was sweet and his playing fluid, infused with joy and crisply articulated emotion. Morgan would later turn out to be an expert songwriter, but here songs like Buddy Johnson’s “Since I Fell for You,” and Jimmy Heath’s “C.T.A.” gave him ample space to show off his talents.

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Laurence Equilbey, Insula Orchestra – Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2014) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Laurence Equilbey, Insula Orchestra – Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K.626 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:44 minutes | 459 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet | Source:Q0buz

Laurence Equilbey’s 2014 Naïve release of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s unfinished Requiem in D minor belongs to the category of historically informed performances, both in the actual execution and in the intentions of the performance. Obviously, presenting the Requiem with her hand-picked choir Accentus, and Insula, a small orchestra that uses original 18th century instruments, defines it as a period interpretation, and all the stylistic norms are observed. From the glossy senza vibrato of the strings to the crisp drum strokes of the timpani, and from the pure, fluid counterpoint of the small choir to the tasteful embellishments of the vocal soloists, everything sounds correct and polished to perfection. Yet Equilbey goes beyond the latest ideas of period practice to something more germane to the historical context, because she uses the oldest performing version that exists, the much-disparaged completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr. Hearing this version played in authentic Classical style (with only the slightest modifications for better voice-leading and orchestration), it is actually more convincing than several modern revisions, not merely because of the established provenance — we know that Mozart gave instructions to Süssmayr, and presumably, they were followed closely — but because no hypothetical sections or cleverly refashioned movements have been added. Ultimately, Süssmayr’s completion works brilliantly when played well in period style, and the idea that Mozart communicated the essential music to his student seems to be validated in this extraordinary reading. Equilbey has complete control over the performance, and her gradations of dynamics and sectional balance prove that the Süssmayr version can be wonderful when the right artists perform it. Naïve’s sound is a little variable at times, but over all, the balance between the singers and the orchestra is carefully maintained.

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Lamont Dozier – Out Here On My Own (1973/2014) [HDTracks 24-192]

Lamont Dozier – Out Here On My Own (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:58 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover | Source: HDTracks

A classic 70s soul record, Out Here On My Own was released by Lamont Dozier in 1973. Dozier is a master songwriter and performer, and this album is not to be missed.

Some strong ’70s R&B from the great songwriter Lamont Dozier. It was one of the better combinations of socio-political commentary and urgent soul vocals done in the period. The title cut, as well as the single “Fish Ain’t Bitin” and “Out Here On My Own,” were sizable hits.

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Lamont Dozier – Black Bach (1974/2014) [HDTracks 24-192]

Lamont Dozier – Black Bach (1974/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:12 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover | Source: HDTracks

American singer-songwriter Lamont Dozier’s mid-70s release, Black Bach, is his soulful interpretation of songs based upon baroque stylings. The groove is undeniable, and mixed with strings it brings the record to a new level never before demonstrated by Dozier.

A well-sung but uneven album from legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier. Dozier didn’t get his momentum going as a solo act until the next album. This was his introductory vehicle, and it served to let him work out the kinks. Everything except the lyrics was first-rate; his vocals, the production, and the arrangements worked, and Dozier sounded convincing on the uptempo tunes and compelling on the ballads.

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Kjetil Huseboe – Sources (2013) [Gubemusic 24-96]

Kjetil Husebø – Sources (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:30 minutes | 939 MB | Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: Gubemusic

Pianist and live electronics engineer Kjetil Huseboe releases his new solo album September 13th 2013. On the new album entitled “Sources” Kjetil further develops his concept and the expression of the previous album Contradictions (2012). All About Jazz wrote the following about the previous solo album Contradictions: “… the success of this album is based on the cumulative effect of his disarming, innocent and highly melodic ambiance, wooden lingers long after the album has finished. An intriguing musical journey”.

Norwegian pianist and live sampling master Kjetil Husebø continues to develop his highly personal sonic language on his sophomore solo release after last year’s solo debut Contradictions (Optical Substance, 2012). Husebø explores the grand piano as a sound source—acoustic or enhanced with live sampling and electronics. Both treatments of the piano sound organic even in its most abstract moments, and all blur the distinctions between jazz improvisation, contemporary music, acoustic ambiance, and electronic textures.

All ten pieces were performed, and improvised live at the studio with no overdubbing. The music was captured and mastered beautifully by sound engineer/drummer Audun Kleive and sound sculptor/guitarist Helge Sten.

The expanded sonic palette of the grand piano stress its timbral qualities and as a rhythmic instrument on the two versions of “Sources.” The intertwining fractured rhythms are blended with fractured melodic lines, suggesting a tensed coexistence between these two completing sonic poles. On “Pledge” and “Panta Rei” the acoustic keyboard is secondary to the electronic disturbing sounds, punctuating the mysterious cinematic narrative on the former or add echoing marks to the enigmatic drone on the latter. “Ignorabimus” exposes the basic wooden ingredients of the grand musical instrument and its sonic characteristics in its most primitive form.

Husebø acoustic pieces, as “Transit” and the following “Festina lente,” are lyrical and contemplative. Both unfold patiently and sketch dramatic stories. Only the short “Breather” is based on simple melodic theme, beautifully articulated by Husebø, using the full sonic spectrum of the grand piano and the studio space.

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Keith Jarrett – Hamburg ’72 (1972/2014) [HDTracks 24-96]

Keith Jarrett – Hamburg ’72 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:25 minutes | 1,15 GB | Gerne: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Source: HDTracks

The legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, playing live at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg. The trio with Haden and Motian – formed in 1966 – was Jarrett’s first great band, his choice of players a masterstroke. With the bassist who had learned his craft in Ornette Coleman’s band, and the drummer from Bill Evans’s ground-breaking trio, Jarrett was able to explore the full scope of modern jazz, from poetic balladry to hard-swinging time-playing to ferocious and fiery free music, the improvisation including episodes with Keith on soprano sax. The interaction between the three musicians is uncanny throughout, reaching a peak in an emotion-drenched performance of Charlie Haden’s “Song for Che”. ECM set up the 1972 tour of the Jarrett Trio, including the German radio concert from which this album is drawn. Manfred Eicher returned to the original tapes, remixing the music for this edition in Oslo in July 2014, together with Jan Erik Kongshaug.

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Kalafina – The Best ‘Red’ (2014) [Victor Studio Japan 24-96]

Kalafina – The Best “Red” (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 71:17 minutes | 2,3 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Genre: JPop

Kalafina is a Japanese neoclassical pop group produced by composer Yuki Kajiura under Sony Music Associated Records Inc., best known for performing all seven theme songs for the Kara no Kyoukai animated movie series and the ending themes to the Madoka Magica animated series and movies.

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Kalafina – The Best ‘Blue’ (2014) [Victor Studio Japan 24-96]

Kalafina – The Best “Blue” (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 76:41 minutes | 2,47 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Genre: JPop

Kalafina is a Japanese neoclassical pop group produced by composer Yuki Kajiura under Sony Music Associated Records Inc., best known for performing all seven theme songs for the Kara no Kyoukai animated movie series and the ending themes to the Madoka Magica animated series and movies.

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VA – Technics Jazzport (2000) [DVD-AUDIO ISO]

VA – Technics Jazzport
Artist: Various Artists | Album: Technics Jazzport | Style: Jazz | Year: 2000 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 192kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 9 surround + 3 stereo + 3 videoclips + 1 stereo bonus track | Size: ~3.87 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Panasonic Marketing Europe GMBH, 2000 | Note: Not Watermarked

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