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John Coltrane Quartet – Crescent (1964/2016) [AcousticSounds 24-192]

John Coltrane Quartet – Crescent (1964/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:29 minutes | 1,9 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Verve Reissues

John Coltrane’s 1964 album Crescent features his classic quartet of McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on double bass and powerhouse drummer Elvin Jones. This acclaimed set of five Coltrane originals paved the way for Coltrane’s next recording, the landmark A Love Supreme.

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Joe Sherman and The Arena Brass – Promise Her Anything (1966/2016) [AcousticSounds 24-192]

Joe Sherman and The Arena Brass – Promise Her Anything (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 23:09 minutes | 912 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Epic/Legacy

Joe Sherman & The Arena Brass’ soul-jazz album Promise Her Anything. The album features covers of “Fever”, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”, “Band of Gold” and more.

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Joe Chambers – Landscapes (2016) [AcousticSounds 24-48]

Joe Chambers – Landscapes (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 59:56 minutes | 681 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Savant

Ever since Joe Chambers made his recording debut on Freddie Hubbard’s classic LP, Breaking Point! he’s remained a nearly peerless jazz figure in terms of consummate musicianship. His career throughout the 1960s established Chambers as both a noteworthy hard-bop and avant-garde jazz drummer and as an intriguing composer, particularly through his partnership with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Chambers released his debut LP, The Almoravid in 1974 for Muse Records. After recording several other releases for the Denon, Candid and Blue Note labels, Chambers reconnected with Muse’s Joe Fields in 2005 and released The Outlaw in 2006. Here on his newest disc Chambers reflects all of his well-honed talents as superb multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader.

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Jim Snidero – MD66 (2016) [AcousticSounds 24-44.1]

Jim Snidero – MD66 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:52:38 minutes | 598 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Savant

Over the course of the past three decades alto saxophonist and composer Jim Snidero has been constantly pushing himself to explore new territories and expand his outlook. In 1989 (!) his extraordinary album Blue Afternoon made its way into The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums. Later on he made his mark in the sax-with-strings department, not only playing at the top of his game, but also composing and arranging all of the music on the project. Most recently he’s impressed more than a few listeners with a spate of fine albums on Savant. On this his latest release, Snidero tackles open modal forms and uses his unfettered imagination as a portal into free(r) territory, and takes his soloing to the next level by working an inside/outside approach that’s rooted in the structure and style of each song but radical enough to move in wildly unexpected directions. This is a musical promised land where revelations, whether subtle or seismic in nature, are guided by revolution.

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Jerry Bergonzi – Spotlight on Standards (2016) [AcousticSounds 24-96]

Jerry Bergonzi – Spotlight On Standards (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:03:19 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Savant

There’s an old saying that a great jazz musician never plays a song the same way once. That could certainly be said of Jerry Bergonzi. He is an intellectual artist of uncompromising integrity and a bold, original composer. On Jerry’s new Savant recording he returns to the organ-tenor trio format after a long hiatus from it. From the opening track, Cy Coleman’s “Witchcraft” with its hypnotic organ vamp and “bewitching” chord substitutions Jerry gives to the first 8 bars, you know this isn’t going to be your parents’ organ-tenor gig. Bergonzi and his discmates, Renato Chicco on organ and Andrea Michelutti on drums, take these standards down new harmonic paths and use them as a launching pad for fertile and impressive improvisation. The playing is always intense and distinctive, fresh and spontaneous.

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Elvis Presley – Stereo’ 57 – Essential Elvis Vol. 2 (1989/2013) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64]

Elvis Presley – Stereo’ 57 – Essential Elvis Vol. 2 (1989/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:17 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © RCA Records

“Subtitled ‘The Essential Elvis Volume 2,’ and dating from 1989, this set contains 20 tracks that range from gospel to rock ‘n’ roll, astonishing stereo takes that were supposed to have been erased or discarded. As luck would have it, they were saved. The resultant versions of what is otherwise absurdly familiar material will leave you breathless (provided you’re an Elvis fan — and shame on you if you’re not). Thanks to a studio chat, this is glimpse of the past you never expected to share: true stereo, as good as it gets, from a time when mono still ruled. The mono bonus tracks are dandy, too.” — Sound Quality: 92% – Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, November 2013

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Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back! (1960/2012) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64]

Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back! (1960/2012) 
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 32:26 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © RCA Records
Recorded: March–April 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee

Although they have common recording origins, two of the three singles, “It’s Now or Never” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” were very quirky by the standards of Elvis songs at the time — the former inspired by Elvis’s admiration for Tony Martin’s 1949 hit “There’s No Tomorrow,” while the latter was recorded at the request of Col. Parker as a favor to his wife. They add to the diversity of sounds on this record, which shows a mature Elvis Presley. “Dirty, Dirty Feeling” and “It Feels So Right” showed he could still rock out and challenge authority and propriety, while “Reconsider Baby” and “Like a Baby” offer some of his best blues performances; but “The Thrill of Your Love” (a very gospel-tinged number), “Soldier Boy,” “Girl of My Best Friend,” and “Girl Next Door Went a’ Walking,” also displayed the rich, deep vocalizing that would challenge critics’ expectations of Elvis Presley playing rhythm guitar throughout. He also comes off better than on any of his other albums since arriving at RCA, as a musician as much as a “star” (he’d always had a lot more to say about running his sessions than the critics who loathed his RCA years indicated). ~~AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

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Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams – The Wasps; Greensleeves – Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony (2013) [AcousticSounds 24-176.4]

Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams – The Wasps; Greensleeves – Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 01:01:11 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Reference Recordings
Recorded: May 4–6, 2011 Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri

The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.

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Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960.2016) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64]

Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960/2016) 
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 36:27 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | © Columbia Records

Blues In Orbit captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter.
Ellington and company were just back from a European tour when the bulk of this album was recorded. All of the takes were recorded during after midnight sessions recorded over two nights starting on December 2, 1959 in New York at Columbia Record’s studio on East 30th Street. Each night Duke’s late dinner arrived at 2 a.m. – a sizzling steak, a pot of coffee with lemons in it, portions of American cheese, and grapefruits. After dinner, and a breather for the band, the sessions finished around dawn in a swinging fashion.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling – Upward Spiral (2016) [HDTracks 24-88.2]

Branford Marsalis Quartet – Upward Spiral (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 1:10:23 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © Okeh

Legendary jazz greats Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling collaborate for the first time on a full album, Upward Spiral. They ve been talking for a while about making a record together, and finally at the end of 2015 it all came together. They found time to play the new material in the New Orleans Snug Harbor club for four days and then recorded a variety of songs in the studio, all chosen because of their melodic richness and musical quality. Their versions of the chosen material are simply incredible, as the musicality of Branford and Kurt and their deep understanding of these songs shows through immediately.

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