Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:38 minutes | 608 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Concord Jazz

Jazz saxophonist Melissa Aldana is set to release her first record for Concord Jazz on June 24, 2014. The self-titled album Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio is the first recording of the three band mates together – Aldana, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. Recorded at Sear Sound Recording Studio in New York, the album consists of originals written by all three band members and includes two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now”. (more…)

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Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Yeahwon Shin – Lua Ya (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:28 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin’s ECM debut, “Lua ya” is a gentle album of songs and lullabies, recorded in 2012 in the spacious acoustics of Mechanics Hall, near Boston. It’s a very intuitive set, shaped by “improvising, listening to our childhood memories and letting the music flow”, as Yeahwon says. Shin and pianist Aaron Parks played together just once before the present recording, finding “an instant improvisational connection” which is further explored here. Accordionist Rob Curto shares with Yeahwon an affinity for Brazilian music and has collaborated with her previously (in contexts including her Latin Grammy-nominated album “Yeahwon” on ArtistShare). But this new disc is a project beyond the idiomatic borderlines: Korean children’s songs are amongst the inspirational sources, and jazz has influenced the phrasing and imagination of all three participants, yet “Lua ya” seems to emerge from a place of pure music and a common reservoir of feeling. Yeahwon Shin dedicates the set to mothers and children everywhere. (more…)

Vanessa Paradis – Love Songs (2013) {Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Vanessa Paradis – Love Songs (2013) [Deluxe Edition]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:17:04 minutes | 929 MB | Genre: Pop, Chanson
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet | © Barclay

It’s been six years since Divinidylle, and Vanessa Paradis is making up for lost time with the 22-track Love Songs. The title bears some poignancy — this is her first offering since splitting from Johnny Depp. (He and their daughter Lily Rose get co-writing credits on the dubwise “New Year.”) Benjamin Biolay produced the set, wrote six tunes for it, co-wrote another with Paradis, and performed a duet with her. Biolay may not be the next Serge Gainsbourg, but he is the master’s most logical successor in terms of musical sophistication, writing chops, and a willingness to experiment sonically. Among the other songwriters who contributed material are Mathieu Boogaerts, Mickaël Furnon, BB Brunes’ Adrien Gallo, Marcel Kanche, and Paradis. Opener “L’au-Delà” is a modern French chanson offered in lilting waltz time; guitars and snare drum move directly at the singer who slips them and lets the lyric guide her delivery. The title track single by Biolay caused a discussion between singer and producer — being one of his best songs, she wanted him to keep it for himself, but he insisted she record it. It’s classic French disco, complete with big bassline, spacy strings, Star Wars battle synths, organic and synthetic percussion, wah-wah guitars, and an infectious, hooky, vocal chorus. Paradis’ voice, usually wispy and slight, digs into the lyric with force and delight. “Les Espaces et les Sentiments” is funky pop, where the singer struts atop the bassline, synth pulse, and percussion, and places them in service of her sultry delivery. “Tu pars Comme on Revient,” by Biolay, brings the classic age of French chanson to the indie pop era with a flourish, yet it took this singer to pull it off. “The Dark It Comes” is a duet with ex-Libertines’ Carl Barat; it’s a twisted murder ballad whose narrative stands in sharp contrast to its lush musical arrangement. The tango-gypsy fusion in “Le Rempart” is clever and convincing, as is “Sombreros,” where reggae meets cumbia. “Mi Amor” is Phil Spector rock & roll with 21st century production featuring a dirty bassline vamp and blissed-out guitars in the bridge. It highlights Paradis’ sassy, playful phrasing — she can sing this stuff all day and always sound convincing. She lends a wistful poignancy to her reading of Jacques Brel’s classic “La Chanson des Vieux Cons,” which Biolay illustrates dramatically with a restrained operatic backing choir, organ, and piano. His duet with her on “Les Roses Roses” owes as much to early rock & roll as it does to the breezy sophisti-pop Biolay is famous for. As a result of this collaboration, Love Songs is Paradis’ most heterogeneous album musically — though that is admittedly subtle at first. While Biolay’s importance cannot be overstated, this is the very first Paradis record where she sounds like a full partner with her producer rather than the singer he illuminates. While she doesn’t leave pop behind here, she pushes its envelope — and her own — attaining a diversity that we couldn’t have imagined from her previously.

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:53 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Sub Pop Records

Helplessness Blues is the groundbreaking follow-up to Fleet Foxes’ highly acclaimed self-titled debut. Recorded and mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek, the indie-folk rock band performs with lush harmonies creating a brilliant baroque folk-pop album. Led by lead vocalist Robin Pecknold, the band is comprised of Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson. With hauntingly beautiful instrumentation and riveting acoustic hymns, the band traverses through a rich offering from the jazzy “The Shrine/An Argument” to the tranquil title track, “Helplessness Blues.” The album was highly regarded as one of the best albums of 2011 by Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Uncut, and The Guardian, among others. The record also earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Folk Album. Experience this seminal album as a pristine hi-res download.

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The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Qualitons – Panoramic Tymes (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 38:36 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Funk, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © Tramp Records

The story of The Qualitons began in 2007 when DJ/producer Kanada Káosz, after several years of organizing “What Da Funk” events in Budapest, was invited to DJ at the Berlin Soul Ascension Festival (SAF). As a real fan of live Funk and R&B bands he had always thought that it was a shame that Hungary didn’t have a single band in these genres. When he saw some of the greatest funk/soul/beat bands playing at the SAF, he went back to Budapest inspired to organize such a band in Hungary. He went to dozens of concerts to hand-pick musicians for this project. Those who he asked were totally up for the idea and surprisingly told him that they had always wanted to play in such a band but no one never asked them! All of them had attended and graduated from the Department of Jazz at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, the most prestigious college of music in Hungary. (more…)

VA – Woodstock: Music From The Original Soundtrack And More (1970/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

V.A. – Woodstock: Music From The Original Soundtrack And More (1970/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 2:18:48 minutes | 5,34 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Originally released in 1970 as a triple-LP, Music From The Original Soundtrack and More: Woodstock topped Billboard’s pop album chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the “Woodstock Generation.” Rhino’s deluxe, 40th anniversary 2CD reissue of this sprawling and era-defining sonic document – featuring CSN&Y, The Who, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and much more – is remastered from the original analog soundboard tapes. It’s the ideal way to take a trip back to Yasgur’s farm and performances that shaped music and popular culture for years to come. (more…)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt – J.S. Bach: John Passion – Reconstruction Of Bach’s Passion Liturgy (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Dunedin Consort – JS Bach: John Passion – Reconstruction Of Bach’s Passion Liturgy (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192 kHz | Time – 138:43 minutes | 5,36 GB |  Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: LinnRecords.com | Covers & Digital Booklet

For the first time on record, listeners can experience Bach’s gripping John Passion within its original liturgical context. This recording of Bach’s John Passion gives listeners a refreshing outlook, shining a new light into one of the best known pieces of the choral repertoire. John Butt recreates the Good Friday Vesper liturgy of a passion performance during Bach’s time at Leipzig; in addition to the Dunedin Consort performance of Bach’s composition, this recording features music from an original Leipzig hymn book with works by Jacob Händl, J. H. Schein and J Crüger performed by a congregational choir and the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir. (more…)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt – J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor (Breitkopf & Härtel Edition) (2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Mass in B Minor (Breitkopf & Härtel Edition)
Dunedin Consort & Players / John Butt
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz: 1,87 GB | Artwork |  Genre: Classical, Sacred | Style: Baroque, Vocal
Label/Cat#: Linn Records # CKD 254 | Country/Year: UK 2006 | Source: Linn

There are few who strive sincerely to juxtapose the bedfellows of academic rigour and inspired musicianship. Given his recent Handelian activity at the helm of the Dunedin Consort and Players, some might have forgotten that John Butt is a Bach research specialist and author of the Cambridge Handbook on the Mass in B minor. In the booklet he explains his thoughts about historically informed performance practice (one voice per part, following the evidence outlined in the writings of Joshua Rifkin and Andrew Parrott), and discusses his choice to make the first recording of Rifkin’s recent edition (which reconstructs Bach’s score c1749, without later accretions). Butt’s interpretation owes firm allegiance to the “OVPP” creed that will not please everyone (even if detractors have not yet produced a single scrap of proof to refute it), but the Dunedin Consort and Players are never perfunctory or merely dogmatic. This performance demands to be heard. (more…)

David Chesky – The New York Rags {Binaural+} [2013] [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

David Chesky – The New York Rags {Binaural+} [2013]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:30 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Chesky Records

David Chesky’s series of 18 modern virtuoso solo piano rags are inspired by life in the bustling and intense metropolis of New York City, a place he has called home since 1974. The work seems to owe as much to Henry Cowell and Charles Ives’ use of dissonance, Elliott Carter’s atonalism, Conlon Nancarrow’s experimental piano rolls, Leonard Bernstein’s syncopation, and Cecil Taylor’s whirlwind free jazz as they do to Joplin’s ragtime classics. These pieces are taken from Chesky’s unique rhythmic and harmonic style of composition, fused together with stride piano and ragtime to capture the everyday life of modern pulsating New York City. This album was recorded in Binaural+ for both speaker and 3D headphone playback and has EXTREME dynamics, so please set your playback levels carefully. (more…)