Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Very Thought Of You (2007/2015) [HRA DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Very Thought Of You (2007/2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 58:18 minutes | 2,3 GB \ Genre: Jazz
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 58:18 minutes | 1,07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HighResAudio | Artwork: Digital booklet | ©  2xHD

Here’s another gem from Emilie-Claire Barlow, a jazz singer whose unique voice and personal interpretations warmly embrace this collection of classic standards, many from the American songbook. On this occasion, Emilie-Claire chose to include the often ignored verses in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet. This album was nominated ‘Vocal Jazz Album of the Year’ at the Juno Awards.

Named after the 1934 Ray Noble-penned standard made famous by Bing Crosby, The Very Thought of You is the sixth studio album from Canadian jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. Released in 2007, it features silky-smooth renditions of Nat King Cole’s “Almost Like Being in Love,” Billie Holiday ‘s “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” and Mama Cass’ “Dream a Little Dream of Me” alongside interpretations of hits from various musicals including Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, and Pennies from Heaven.

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Emilie-Claire Barlow – Live in Tokyo (2014/2015) [HRA DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Emilie-Claire Barlow – Live In Tokyo (2014/2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 50:33 minutes | 2,05 GB | Genre: Jazz
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 50:33 minutes | 972 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HighResAudio | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ 2xHD

Live in Tokyo will make you relive the beauty and the absolute joy of an Emilie-Claire Barlow concert experience..

Canada’s incomparable vocal-jazz jewel is dazzling the world and her energetic live performances have been thrilling sold-out audiences from Tokyo to Montréal. This Juno Award and National Jazz Award winning starlet leads her world class band through innovative arrangements of American-songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads. Fresh off a career year, including a Juno win for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Emilie-Claire’s sultry, “smooth as fine silk” voice and playful humour keep the audience glowing throughout her beautiful and mesmerizing performances.

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Emilie-Claire Barlow – Clear Day (2015/2016) [HRA DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Emilie-Claire Barlow – Clear Day (2015/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 66:43 minutes | 2,64 GB | Genre: Jazz
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 66:43 minutes | 1,17 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Artwork: Digital booklet | ©  2xHD

Emilie-Claire Barlow continues to endear herself with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour, and a VOICE OF UNFORGETTABLE BEAUTY. Canada’s incomparable vocal jazz jewel, Emilie-Claire Barlow’s 10th album is all about big change. It has a big sound, backed by Netherland’s 69-musician-strong Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, which accompanies Barlow’s five-piece band. This album is fresh, it sounds big, arranged to perfection, record & mastered with surgical precision but at the end of the day it is all about Emilie’s flawless voice.

The Juno award-winning Emilie-Claire Barlow is now clearly established as one of Canada’s very best jazz vocalists. She has also developed into an ace arranger, and both talents coalesce to stunning effect on Clear Day, the most ambitious offering yet in a prolific discography (it’s her 11th album). Her interpretive gifts and pure vocals are displayed in fresh versions of tunes from a wide range of artists (Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Van Morrison to Coldplay, David Bowie and Queen, and Pat Metheny). All the songs were chosen to help tell the chronological story of a recent emotionally turbulent period in her life. Barlow and co-producer Steve Webster recruited Amsterdam’s world-renowned 70-piece Metropole Orkest (Elvis Costello) and conductor Jules Buckley to bring some of these songs a gloriously rich orchestral sound.

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Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Beat Goes On (2010/2015) [ProStudioMasters DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Beat Goes On (2010/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 54:39 minutes | 2,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded: 2009 at Doane LeBlanc studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

„The Beat Goes On“ is the eighth album in a recording career that now spans 12 years, and it is a record of which she is justifiably proud. Emilie-Claire Barlow’s charm, vocal chops, song selection and great taste in side men allows her concerts to consistently access the elegance of jazz while sweeping away any cobwebs that could cloud a listeners experience of jazz pop today.

 

The potent combination of well-honed vocal and musical chops and a charming stage presence has earned Emilie-Claire Barlow a size-able and loyal following worldwide.

„With “The Beat Goes On” Toronto-based jazz singer Emilie-Claire Barlow has done what a few wise singers are doing these days, namely looking to more recent eras and songwriters for fresh material rather than the overdone American Songbook. This time out, Barlow has focused her considerable talents and jazz sensibilities on the 60s. The opening track sets the tone for the album as Kelly Jefferson provides nuanced sax fills on a swingy 6/8 version of Bacharach’s Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. Barlow has written all the arrangements herself and the stripped down instrumentation that predominates fits her light, pretty voice like a Pucci print dress. We feel transported to a Yorkville coffeehouse as just bass and congas (Ross MacIntyre and Davide Direnzo) accompany These Boots Were Made for Walkin’. Very groovy. Iconic sounds of the 60s bubble up in the woodwinds on Soul Bossa Nova as it’s mashed up with the classic Sonny & Cher title track.“
„An exploration of the 60s wouldn’t be complete without a journey to that hotbed of musical innovation, Rio de Janiero, and the cover of O Barquinho (My Little Boat) featuring Reg Schwager’s nylon string guitar skills perfectly evokes a carefree Brazilian day. Barlow’s specialty is bossa nova (do yourself a favour and find her version of O Pato on YouTube) so when she surprisingly imposes that style on Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright it actually works.“ –Cathy Riches, theWholeNote

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Emilie-Claire Barlow – Seule ce soir (2012/2015) [ProStudioMasters DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Emilie-Claire Barlow – Seule ce soir (2012/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 55:44 minutes | 2,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Recorded: The Drive Shed Recording Studios, Toronto, Canada.

What started as a simple French compilation turned into a full-fledged French album that includes all the francophone songs Emilie-Claire Barlow had recorded on her previous albums, re-arranged and re-recorded, plus six brand new songs.

 

Winner of the Juno award Vocal Jazz Album of 2013, Toronto-born singer and voice actress Emilie-Claire Barlow got an early start to her prolific career, as her professional musician parents encouraged her to sing and study several instruments, including piano, cello, clarinet and violin.
Barlow started doing radio jingles and television voice-overs at the age of 7. Since 1998 she’s released a string of albums, hypnotizing critics and audiences alike with her pitch perfect ethereal voice. In 2008 Barlow was named female artist of the year at the National Jazz Awards. The Beat Goes On album came out in the fall of 2010. The all-French album Seule ce soir followed two years later.

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Emilie-Claire Barlow – Live in Tokyo (2014) [ProStudioMasters DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Emilie-Claire Barlow – Live in Tokyo (2014/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 52:06 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters |  ©  2xHD
Recorded live at Cotton Club, Tokyo on October 14 & 15 2013 by Taro Moriyama. 2xHD DSD mastering by René Laflamme.

Juno and Felix Award winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow returns to the iconic Cotton Club to produce an artistically conceived and expertly delivered LP. Live in Tokyo includes 11 songs performed, by Emilie-Claire and her musicians, to a captivating Tokyo audience during a breathtaking live performance recorded in 2013. Join them in the warm, sophisticated atmosphere of the Cotton Club.

 

Live in Tokyo will make you relive the beauty and the absolute joy of an Emilie-Claire Barlow concert experience. Canada’s incomparable vocal-jazz jewel is dazzling the world and her energetic live performances have been thrilling sold-out audiences from Tokyo to Montréal. This Juno Award and National Jazz Award winning starlet leads her world class band through innovative arrangements of American-songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads. Fresh off a career year, including a Juno win for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Emilie-Claire’s sultry, “smooth as fine silk” voice and playful humour keep the audience glowing throughout her beautiful and mesmerizing performances.

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