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Ravel – Orchestral Works – NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Vladimir Ashkenazy (2003/2013) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Maurice Ravel – Orchestral Works – NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Vladimir Ashkenazy (2003/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:33:31 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Artwork: Front cover | © Exton
Recorded: 20,21 Jun. 2003 (DSD Recording)

This CD presents acclaimed conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy with the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo performing Maurice Ravel’s most famous orchestral works. The violinist Mayu Kishima joins the orchestra to perform the Tzigane. Ravel created this piece to suggest a Hungarian rhapsody, with a slow tempo in the first movement and a fast-paced second movement, Initially written for violin and piano, Ravel left this later arrangement for orchestra. Also included is the Bolero, Ravel’s last work for orchestra.

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Grover Washington Jr. – Winelight (1980/2012) [e-Onkyo 24-192]

Grover Washington Jr. – Winelight (1980/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:11 minutes | 1,50 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Artwork: Front cover | © Elektra Records

Winelight is a smooth, well produced groove, that flows together nicely. It is an album good for waking up to on a Sunday morning, or playing while enjoying a bottle of wine late Saturday night. The songs feature enough tempo changes to keep things interesting, and Grover extends several of his solos, often playing beyond the context of the song. Ralph MacDonald’s percussion is particularly effective throughout the album.

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Grieg & Weber – Piano Concertos – Annerose Schmidt, Dresdner Philharmonie, Kurt Masur (1969/2013) [e-onkyo 24-192]

Grieg & Weber – Piano Concertos – Annerose Schmidt, Dresdner Philharmonie, Kurt Masur (1969/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:54 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-onkyo | Front Cover | © King Record Co., Ltd
Recorded: 1969 at Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, GDR

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Chihiro Yamanaka – Guilty Pleasure (2016) [e-Onkyo 24-192]

Chihiro Yamanaka – Guilty Pleasure (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 52:10 minutes | 1,84 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Artwork: CD Artwork | © Blue Note Records

Chihiro Yamanaka is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer. Guilty Pleasure her post bop recording released in 2016 on Blue Note Records in Japan…

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Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future (2016) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future (2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:51:38 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Beat Records

While Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have retained what was special about their greatest triumphs – Dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest in the Infants were two of the most revered dance albums of the 1990s – Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is never weighed down by its makers’ history. Karl Hyde’s “found” lyrics (using snippets of overheard conversations) are affecting, fractured evocations of the disorientations of modern urban life. Even the album’s title is a real-life utterance, a phrase Hyde’s father said to his mother shortly before he died. Opening track I Exhale has the sleazy ambience of David Bowie’s Lodger, its “blah, blah, blah” motif echoing the “far, far, far, away” refrain of Red Sails. But that and If Rah aside, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is dreamy and unabrasive. Gently menacing instrumental Santiago Cuatro has a Middle Eastern feel, while the smooth synthpop texture of the closing track Nylon Strung reaches a state of bliss. ~~ www.theguardian.com

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Gabriele Coen Jewishexperience – Golem (2009/2014) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Gabriele Coen Jewishexperience – Golem (2009/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:14 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Alfa Music
Recording: Riff Raff Jazf Studio & AlfaMusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Raimondo Mosci & Alessandro Guardia

Se si legge il titolo “Golem” e poi si scorge il nome della formazione “Jewish experience” si corre il rischio di pensare immediatamente ad una operazione realizzata sulla scia e ad imitazione di una delle mode caratterizzanti questi ultimi anni: il klezmer attualizzato. Per completare il quadro il leader, Gabriele Coen, suona il clarinetto come Don Byron, musicista noto per aver ripercorso la musica della cultura ebraica in dischi storici come “Play the music of Mickey Katz” o come David Krakauer altro esponente di spicco del jazz intriso di elementi klezmer. A conti fatti anche il modello del “John Zorn-Masada” viene alla memoria, a priori, prima dell’analisi del disco. Insomma la possibilità di trovarci di fronte ad un prodotto confezionato in modo “provinciale”, alla maniera di…c’è tutta. Invece, aprendo la copertina, si scopre che le note sono firmate da Gianfranco Salvatore, giornalista geniale, attento, rigoroso e poco incline a “regalare” giudizi positivi a chiunque pubblichi cd di genere o di confine. Ascoltando il disco, poi, cadono tutti i pregiudizi.

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Dino & Franco Piana Septet – Seven (2012/2014) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Dino & Franco Piana Septet – Seven (2012/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:07 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Alfa Music
Recordings, Mixing and Mastering: Forward Studios – Grottaferrata, Rome, Italy by Alessandro Guardia

This all-star aggregation features some of the most prominent names on Italy’s modern jazz scene, including trumpeters Enrico Rava and Fabrizio Bosso, drummer Roberto Gatto, superb pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and the father-son team of valve trombonist Dino Piana and his gifted offspring, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Franco Piana. The four-movement Open Dialogues bears the harmonically rich stamp of Gil Evans and includes expressive solos from each of the band members; their collective swing factor is evident on the exhilarating final movement of this impressive 24-minute suite, which includes a bold tenor sax solo from Max Ionata and an adventurous plunger solo from Bosso (who nonchalantly drops in a quote from Monk’s “Nutty” along the way). “Your Smile” is a gorgeous vehicle for Franco’s lyrical flugelhorn playing, and the uptempo burner “Eighty and One” is another swinging showcase with solo-section fireworks. “Asimmetrico” is a tip of the hat to Monk, while the beautiful ballad “Sunlight” has Pieranunzi channeling Bill Evans. Trumpet great Rava appears on one track, the buoyant calypso-flavored closer, “Step by Step.” Classy mainstream jazz at its finest. ~~Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

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Carol Sudhalter – Shades Of Carol (2005/2015) [e-Onkyo 24-96]

Carol Sudhalter – Shades Of Carol (2005/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:13 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Alfa Music
Recorded: Guardia at Alfamusic Studio; Bips Studio, Milano; Jazzand Recording, US

This beautifully orchestrated set showcases Carol Sudhalter, who plays saxophones and flute, in a compilation of four sessions with different musical groupings. It gets off to a jumping, upbeat start with Cedar Walton’s “Firm Roots, immediately showing off her roots firmly in happy, mainstream swing, Andrea Torozzi’s piano providing exhilarating company for the warm tenor sax.

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