Interestring Quartet – Interestring Quartet (2014/2017) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Interestring Quartet – Interestring Quartet (2014/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 46:06 minutes | 334 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © AsiaMuse

Interestring Quartet is formed by four string musicians specialized in a diverse range of music genres. The name of the band Interestring Quartet is a play on word of the term “Perfect Fourth” in Mandarin, which holds a special meaning in the study of Jazz Harmony and further breaks away from the concept of chord build with major or minor third, to explores the new boundaries of melodic and harmony composition.

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Hugh Coltman – Shadows & Live at Jazz a Vienne (2016) [24-44,1]

Hugh Coltman – Shadows & Live at Jazz a Vienne (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:35:15 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Jazz, Blues
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Deluxe reissue of “Shadows: Songs of Nat King Cole” album. This release expanded with 1 bonus track & additionally contains “Live at Jazz à Vienne” as second disc.

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Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls – Sakura Sakura (1965/2016) [HighResAudio 24-88,2]

Hideo Shiraki Quintet + 3 Koto Girls – Sakura Sakura (1965/2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 37:49 minutes | 730 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Adulated in his native Japan, drummer Hideo Shiraki led the most famous Japanese jazz group of the early 60’s. His combining jazz and traditional Japanese music brought him an invitation to the 1965 Berlin Jazz Festival and a record date. Three women playing Koto, the traditional Japanese stringed instrument, accompanied the quintet. The results: world music that works. Known in the West as ‘the Cherry Blossom Song’, the traditional Sakura Sakura finds Shiraki employing mallets, fingers, brushes, and sticks in combination with the Kyoto players as jazz and tradition blend. Yosakoi Bushi means ‘better come at night to make love’. There’s a feel of bluesy early Coltrane in the relaxed swing and soprano solo. Yamanaka Bushi is a song from the Yamanaka Onsen, or hot springs. The quintet bathes in the song’s heat, as a young Terumasa Hino displays why he’s a world-renowned trumpeter. Matsuri No Genzo conjures the images of a rural temple feast. After a haunting Koto refrain, everyone has a taste, and Shiraki’s play makes sure there are no leftovers. Hino takes the melody and solos exquisitely on his ballad Alone, Alone And Alone. Suwa is another Hino piece. The Koto takes on an almost Avant-garde role here, with an electronic-sounding accompaniment to the muted trumpet melody. An amazing coalescence of the serene traditional music of Japan and the youthful vitality of jazz.

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Hans Koller – Vision (1966/2015) [HighResAudio 24-88,2]

Hans Koller – Vision (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 28:40 minutes | 522 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

Vision I portrays canonically overlaid sax parts played at breakneck speed before moving into a relaxed bluesy groove, then turns to blistering multi-horn solos. The dirge-like For Dolphy, with the plaintive vocal cries of the altos, was dedicated to the great alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy. The med swing and skewed bluesy feel of For H.G. features the tenor out front. Tryptichon is a challenging angular composition in 3 parts with free improvisation moving from slow to up-tempo and back. With its Dolphyesque melody, Music For Jule is a frenetic excursion with an oblique reference to Monk. For Koller, Ballad For Marlies evokes the essence of a ballad. A Different Theme comprises three phrases played in different times – perfect food for the soloists. Vision II is a free-form ballad with Rittenbacher doubling piano and Koller’s expressive sax solo.

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Hans Koller – Relax With My Horns (1966/2015) [HighResAudio 24-88,2]

Hans Koller – Relax With My Horns (1966/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 29:41 minutes | 534 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

The re-release of Hans Koller’s 1966 Relax With My Horns (MPS, Germany) shows a master at the top of his game. For the listeners, the disc is composed, arranged and produced with a sense of cheekiness… Trio of jazz musicians, with overdubbing of up to four saxophones on the session. The sum is a tidy little package of swing, blues and multi-tracked sax that echoes the iconic group Supersax.

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Hank Jones & Tommy Flanagan – I’m All Smiles (1984/2015)) [HighResAudio 24-88,2]

Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan – I’m All Smiles (1984/2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 47:17 minutes | 734 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS Classical

„Although Tommy Flanagan tended to refer to two-piano dates as a gimmick, that’s hardly the case during this superb 1983 concert in Germany with Hank Jones. The two pianists have the kind of feel for one another’s playing that avoids the crash of egos and instead inspires the give and take necessary for each performance to reach its full potential. Immediately, the two veterans captivate their audience with a stunning aggressive improvisation upon Charlie Parker’s ‘Relaxin’ at Camarillo,’ then immediately quiet them with a soft, lyrical interpretation of the gorgeous ballad ‘In a Sentimental Mood.’ They’re clearly having a lot of fun during their upbeat waltz through the popular ballad ‘Someday My Prince Will Come.’ The rest of the concert is every bit as fulfilling, with an inspired treatment of ‘Rockin’ in Rhythm’ getting the nod as the highlight of a memorable evening.“ (Ken Dryden, AMG)

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Hamilton De Holanda Quintet – Casa De Bituca: Music Of Milton Nascimento (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

Hamilton De Holanda Quintet – Casa De Bituca (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 47:11 minutes | 955 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Adventure Music

Hamilton de Holanda is widely considered as the best Brazilian mandolin player and as one of the greatest virtuosos of bandolim of all times. Casa De Bituca sees Latin Grammy award-winning Hamilton de Holanda and his quintet joined by singer-songwriter and guitarist Milton Nascimento to perform compositions by that legendary musician. Coinciding with Nascimento’s 75th birthday and presenting reimagined versions of songs from early in his career, this is a true celebration of classic Brazilian music, complemented by two original compositions from de Holanda.

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Hadouk – Le Cinquieme Fruit (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Hadouk – Le cinquième fruit (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 50:34 minutes | 537 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Naive

Hadouk is the quartet lead by French virtuoso wind player Didier Malharbe with Loy Ehrlich, Éric Löhrer and Jean-Luc Di Fraya. The quartet released their debut album, “Hadoukly Yours” on the Naïve label in 2013. In March 2017 follow the second album “Le cinquième fruit” on Naïve label.

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Dexter Gordon-Sophisticated Giant-REISSUE-CD-FLAC-2016-NBFLAC

Dexter Gordon-Sophisticated Giant-REISSUE-CD-FLAC-2016-NBFLAC Download

Release Name: Dexter_Gordon-Sophisticated_Giant-REISSUE-CD-FLAC-2016-NBFLAC
Artist: Dexter Gordon
Album: Sophisticated Giant
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2016
Tracks: 8
Duration: 00:55:54
Size: 319.9 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Dexter Gordon – Laura – 7:41 (712 kbps , 39.08 MB)
  2. Dexter Gordon – The Moontrane – 6:39 (865 kbps , 41.14 MB)
  3. Dexter Gordon – Red Top – 8:53 (804 kbps , 51.09 MB)
  4. Dexter Gordon – Fried Bananas – 7:54 (823 kbps , 46.56 MB)
  5. Dexter Gordon – You’re Blase – 9:52 (747 kbps , 52.77 MB)
  6. Dexter Gordon – How Insensitive – 4:56 (759 kbps , 26.83 MB)
  7. Dexter Gordon – Diggin’ In (Bonus Track) – 4:51 (871 kbps , 30.22 MB)
  8. Dexter Gordon – It’s Only A Paper Moon (Bonus Track) – 5:10 (871 kbps , 32.2 MB)

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Gregory Porter – Water (2010) [HDTracks 24-88,2]

Gregory Porter – Water (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 1:09:13 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Booklet, Front Cover | © Motema

On Water, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter’s eloquent baritone voice reveals influences from Kurt Elling to Nat King Cole and Donny Hathaway. The album consists of 13 original tunes written by Porter. Highlights include “Illusions”, “Magic Cup”, and “1960 What”. Porter is an up-and-coming vocalist in the jazz world and has been called “a fantastic young singer” by Wynton Marsalis. Water is a strong opening statement from an artist that we will most certainly hear from in the future.

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