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Asgeir – Afterglow (2017) [Mora 24-44,1]

Asgeir – Afterglow (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:37 minutes | 469 MB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Mora.jp | Front Cover | © One Little Indian/Columbia

Ásgeir is the most recent addition to Iceland’s disproportionately long list of universally popular musical exports. His sophomore, English language album seems like an attempt to grow, both in terms of variety and complexity, at the expense of the folky simplicity that I had come to appreciate from him. Still good overall and great at times, but not great all the time.

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Aruan Ortiz – Cubanism: Piano Solo (2017) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Aruan Ortiz – Cub(An)Ism. Piano Solo (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 51:32 minutes | 425 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Intakt Records

Celebrated pianist Aruán Ortiz, known for his work with Esperanze Spalding, Greg Osby, Andrew Cyrille and Terri Lyne Carringto, presents Cub(an)ism, a solo piano recording that brings together a range of musical idioms from and experiences of Cuba, Spain, France and the USA which have formed Ortiz’s eclectic playing style. These original compositions highlight the pianist’s sensuality and creativity as he moves from heady structure to improvisational surprise.

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Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Hard Drive (1957/2013) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Hard Drive (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:55 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

The Jazz Messengers was a group of young musicians organized by Art Blakey to both inspire and mentor young jazz players, as well as to keep Blakey inspired and full of new ideas. The group went on to serve as a training ground for such luminaries as Hank Mobley and Wynton Marsalis. Hard Drive was recorded in 1957 and was originally released on the Bethlehem label.

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Ariel Pocock – Living In Twilight (2017) [Qobuz 24-96]

Ariel Pocock – Living In Twilight (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:02:25 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Justin Time Records

Jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer Ariel Pocock’s enthralling second album Living in Twilight was recorded in Montréal with producer Matt Pierson at the helm. Ariel teams up with in demand Montréal musicians Jim Doxas (drums) and Adrian Vedady (bass) and special guest, New York based guitarist, Chico Pinheiro. The song selection is original, thoughtful and surprising. Ranging from classic American Songbook fare – Ray Noble’s The Very Thought Of You and Cole Porter’s So In Love to Chick Corea’s 500 Miles and breathtaking interpretations of Adele’s Someone Like You and Sufjan Stevens To Be Alone With You presented here as an instrumental. Other stand outs include the title track by The Weepies, Living in Twilight and the heartbreaking Kate McGarrigle penned Go Leave. Ariel’s chops are also on display with original’s Gonzalo’s Melody – and the reflective So Long.

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Argentina – La Vida del Artista (2017) [HDTracks 24-48]

Argentina – La Vida del Artista (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 1:02:53 minutes | 810 MB | Genre: Latin
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Legacy Recordings

ARGENTINA opens to new sounds and records in La Vida del Artista, his fifth album. The young woman of Huelva is consolidated like emergent star of the flamenco with a new work. Artists like ARGENTINA make flamenco a unique and universal genre. Since it broke out ten years ago with its first album, it has not stopped growing, to become one of the most outstanding figures of the current flamenco. Recorded between Jerez de la Frontera, Buenos Aires and Lisbon, La Vida del Artista is an album in which ARGENTINA puts value in artistic creation in each and every one of its facets.

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Aretha Franklin – Soul ’69 (1969/2012) [HDTracks 24-192]

Aretha Franklin – Soul ’69 (1969/2012) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:42 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front/Rear cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Rolling Stone magazine has declared soul diva Aretha Franklin as one of music’s greatest singers. Her sixth studio recording for Atlantic Records is an intriguing collection of pop standards delivered with her blistering vocals. The album, full of authoritative singing is on par with her greatest works from the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Franklin covers an array of pop-oriented classics from Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me” to Smokey Robinson’s “The Track of My Tears.” Produced by Tom Dowd, the album soared to #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums.

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Aretha Franklin – Live At Fillmore West (1971/2012) [HDTracks 24-96]

Aretha Franklin – Live At Fillmore West (1971/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:07 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Chart History/Awards
Reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
Reached #7 on the Billboard 200.
“Don’t Play That Song” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” reached #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Singles.
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Live At The Fillmore West is Aretha Franklin’s gold-certified masterpiece. The performance captured at the famous venue found Franklin interpreting popular hits and performing her trademark classics. Franklin opened this historic performance with a rendition of Otis Redding’s “Respect.” The album reached #7 on the Billboard 200 and includes the #1 hit R&B singles “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Don’t Play That Song.” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” won Franklin a GRAMMY® for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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Anne-Line – Yiddish Love Songs (1965/2016) [HDTracks 24-192]

Anne-Line – Yiddish Love Songs (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:28 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Monument/Legacy

Anne-Line began singing in small French and Belgian cabarets while still a very young girl. George Brassens, renowed French Singer-Composer, caught her act in Paris and instantly became a great influence on her. Equally a source of encouragement was enthusiastic reaction of the Continental audiences, who were hearing these Yiddish folk songs for the first time.

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Andy Frasco & The U.N. – Songs From The Road (2017) [7Digital 24-44,1]

Andy Frasco & The U.N. – Songs From The Road (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:18:50 minutes | 885 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital | Front Cover | © Ruf Records GmbH

Andy Frasco & The U.N. are an American blues rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2007. Their sound has been described as “blues-rock fueled by reckless abandonment and a disregard for the rules, with witty lyrics to back it all up”. This release is Andy Frasco & the U.N.’s full-throttle, sweat-drenched, smash-and-grab live shows are captured in this live album Songs from the Road, a thrilling follow-up to their 2016 studio album Happy Bastards.

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Andrew McCormack – Graviton (2017) [HDTracks 24-48]

Andrew McCormack – Graviton (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 42:59 minutes | 516 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Jazz Village

Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Andrew McCormack consistently challenges himself to explore new and very different musical styles as an artist. Whether appearing with Kyle Eastwood or Jamie Cullum, with a symphony orchestra or as a solo pianist, at outdoor festivals or an intimate club, you can always expect the highest level of performance. With Andrew’s latest project, Graviton, he has assembled an A-List of the most sought-after musicians in the modern jazz world, all of whom bring something special to the mix. Their music may be best described as a mix of Steve Reich and Tigran Hamasyan, without boundaries.

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