Verneri Pohjola – Pekka (2017) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Verneri Pohjola – Pekka (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:04:26 minutes | 391 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Edition Records

“Pekka” is the new, epochal album in Finnish trumpeter/composer Verneri Pohjola’s already illustrious and prolific career. An album that promises to be a defining moment in Finnish culture, “Pekka” reinterprets the music of Verneri’s late father Pekka Pohjola, the internationally acclaimed and revered prog-rock bassist and composer, through the prism of his son’s unique vision. “Pekka” is one of the most anticipated albums to emerge from the Finnish progressive, rock and jazz scenes for some time. Seeking to combine Pekka’s music, adored in Finland and internationally during the last four decades, with Verneri’s powerful sense of music making, “Pekka” is an album that will excite, inspire and move many fans across borders, generations and genres.

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Various Artists – In The Winner’s Circle (1958/2013) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Various Artists – In The Winner’s Circle (1958/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:28 minutes | 829 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Booklet ,Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

This all-star session was put together by Down Beat magazine featuring the winners and runners-up from the magazine’s critic’s poll in 1957. While John Coltrane’s name may leap out at you from the cover art, he only plays his tenor sax on half the songs here. On the remaining material Coltrane leads the orchestra, a new step for him at the time and a glimpse at an interesting early chapter of his history. And what an orchestra it was: composed of the best of the up-and-coming New York jazz scene, the other musicians in the Winner’s Circle here include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Al Cohn on baritone sax, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.

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Various Artists – The Passion Of Charlie Parker (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

Various Artists – The Passion Of Charlie Parker (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:21 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Impulse Records

Impulse!/Verve present “The Passion of Charlie Parker”, an album of iconic Parker songs transformed through the addition of lyrics to create a musical play that narrates Bird’s life. Produced by Larry Klein with lyrics by David Baerwald, the album features actor Jeffrey Wright in the role of Parker as narrator, with vocals provided by Wright, Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Barbara Hannigan, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling and Camille Bertault. (more…)

Various Artists – American Epic: The Best Of Blues (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

Various Artists – American Epic: The Best Of Blues (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:01 minutes | 579 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Columbia/Legacy

Early geniuses of Delta Blues – Robert Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, Son House, Charley Patton and many more have been painstakingly remastered using a mix of analog and digital technology for a hybrid sound that is simultaneously contemporary, immediate but still completely true-to-form.

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Various Artists – American Epic: The Best Of Country (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

Various Artists – American Epic: The Best Of Country (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:39 minutes | 501 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Columbia/Legacy

Early champions of Country Music – The Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, the Massey Family, Jimmie Rodgers and many more – have been painstakingly remastered using a mix of analog and digital technology for a hybrid sound that is simultaneously contemporary, immediate but still completely true-to-form.

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Una Healy – The Waiting Game (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Una Healy – The Waiting Game (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:25 minutes | 486 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Decca

Best known as a member of girl group The Saturdays, Irish singer-songwriter Una Healy strikes out on her own with this debut solo album, a return to her roots that weaves magnetic folk, pop and rock melodies into echoes of the country music she grew up with.

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Ulita Knaus – Love In This Time (2017) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Ulita Knaus – Love In This Time (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:24 minutes | 547 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  Digital Booklet | © MustHaveJazz / Membran

On her seventh album Love in This Time, German jazz vocalist Ulita Knaus presents 10 sensual, sentimental and romantic songs, including a cover of Stevie Wonder’s Visions.

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Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rimur (2017) [ProStudioMasters 24-96]

Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rimur (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:03 minutes | 883 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Digital Booklet | © ECM

Over several summers Trio Mediaeval and trumpeter Arve Henriksen spent many days together by the beautiful Dalsfjorden on the Norwegian west coast, where most of the music on this recording was born. Fascinated and inspired by Icelandic sagas, beautiful chants, folk, religious hymns and fiddle tunes, the quartet has arranged a unique set of songs where improvisation, mediaeval and traditional music from Iceland, Norway and Sweden meet the present. The singers and trumpeter have often performed in live settings, a collaboration called “a richly musical and imaginative encounter” by The Guardian.

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Tony Bennett – At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert (1962/2016) [AcousticSounds 24-96]

Tony Bennett – At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert (1962/2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 1:50:32 minutes | 2.35 GB | Genre: Pop/Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Columbia/Legacy

Available in its entirety for the first time! This legendary ’62 performance was an instant classic when it first came out, but now it’s back with 18 tracks (12 on cassette) that have never been released. Includes Rags to Riches; (I Left My Heart in) San Francisco; That Old Black Magic; Fascinating Rhythm; I’m Just a Lucky So and So, and more.

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Tommy Watt and His Orchestra – Watt’s Cooking (1959/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Tommy Watt and His Orchestra – Watt’s Cooking (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:32 minutes | 719 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Scottish jazz bandleader and pianist Tommy Watt and his big band present this concept album released in 1959 on which all the songs have to do with food. This is Watt’s second US album and features Tubby Hayes, a renowned British multi-instrumentalist best-known for his tenor saxophone playing.

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