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McCoy Tyner – Sahara (1972) [MFSL 2006] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

McCoy Tyner – Sahara (1972) [MFSL 2006]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 47:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,92 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,0 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2029 | Genre: Jazz

After the death of John Coltrane, his longtime pianist McCoy Tyner was in something of a musical quandary. Keeping up with his mentor through the incredible explorations of the early ’60s, he seemed to have some difficulty navigating the even further out territories explored in the two or three years before Coltrane’s death in 1967. His subsequent albums as a leader were solid, enjoyable efforts but seemed oddly retrograde, as though he needed time to settle back and re-digest the information handed down to him. With Sahara, Tyner found the precise perfect “middle ground” on which to stand, more structured than late Coltrane, but exploding with a ferocity and freedom of sound that made it simply one of the greatest jazz recordings of the decade. None of the other members of his quartet ever sounded so inspired, so liberated as they do here. Sonny Fortune threatens to tear the roof off the joint on more than one occasion, Calvin Hill is more than rock-solid on bass, his roots arcing deeply into the earth, and as for Alphonse Mouzon, well, no one familiar with his later vapid meanderings in fusion would begin to recognize him here, so incendiary is his playing. And Tyner develops so much pure energy, channeled with such pinpoint precision, that one worries about the physical stability of any piano under such an assault. From the extraordinarily intense “Ebony Queen” through the ruminative solo “A Prayer for My Family, the equally intense “Rebirth,” and the concluding, side-long title track, there’s not a misstep to be heard. “Sahara,” over the course of its 23 minutes, covers vast ground, echoing the majesty and misery of the geographical area with percussion and flute interludes to some of Tyner’s very best playing on record. Even something that could have resulted in a mere exercise in exotica, his koto performance on “Valley of Life,” exudes both charm and commitment to the form. Tyner would go on to create several fine albums in the mid-’70s, but never again would he scale quite these heights. Sahara is an astonishingly good record and belongs in every jazz fan’s collection.

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McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster (2000) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

McCoy Tyner, Stanley Clarke, Al Foster – McCoy Tyner with Stanley Clarke and Al Foster (2000)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:14 minutes | Scans included | 2,65 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,13 GB
Genre: Jazz

No longer trying to push the envelope of innovation, Tyner settles down with a pair of experts and carves out a very nice, fairly orthodox piano trio album. This is Tyner reaffirming most of his strengths: the massive tone quality, the two-handed control over the entire keyboard, and the generally uplifting attitude conveyed through the shape of his melodic invention. He does so in a program of six originals, three standards, and one tune by Stanley Clarke, mixing modal tunes, blues, funk, ballads, and a mildly Caribbean ringer. Only once does he evoke memories of the classic John Coltrane Quartet – not in “Trane-Like” but in “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.” Clarke takes a break from the film studios and turns in one of his rare sessions on acoustic double bass, producing solid, faultless, relatively conventional support. He doesn’t leave the electric bass entirely at home, however; his funky side bumps through one of the two versions of “I Want to Tell You ‘Bout That,” and he exercises low-key, electric subtleties on his “In the Tradition Of” and “Caribe.” Foster throws himself skillfully into every situation; he is at ease in all idioms. The sound is excellent, with each instrument, even Tyner’s formidable piano, in perfect balance.

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Bernstein, NYPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (2007) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] 
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 69:20 minutes | 3,49 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1.28 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1963, 2007 | 3% Recovery Info

“Astonishing sound quality. I wish all producers and engineers would listen to masters like this and apply the miraculous remastering that they did to the previous release’s imaging and SQ. This is a great recording that will show you exactly how good your system is!

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Bernstein, NYPO – Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (2007) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 – Bernstein, NYPO (2007) [2.0 & 5.1] 
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:38 minutes | 4,0 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 0.99 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1966, 2001 | 3% Recovery Info

“This performance remains one of the most thrilling and committed performances of “The Titan” to be issued. The DSD/SACD remastering is excellent I look forward to the entire Sony cycle in this wonderful high resolution format.”

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Leonard Bernstein – Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Kindertotenlieder (2007) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Kindertotenlieder – Bernstein (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:312minutes | 4,14 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1.0 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1974/5, 2007

One can hardly believe the SACD sound Sony has achieved here, trumping even the “Carnegie Hall Presents” remaster! It is almost unbelievable that the original sound we were able to hear back in the 60s and 70s has been so revived from those original recordings in New York’s CBS Studios and Tel Aviv.

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Loggins And Messina – Loggins And Messina (1972) [Audio Fidelity 2015] {SACD-R + DSF DSD64}

Loggins And Messina – Loggins And Messina (1972) [2015 Audio Fidelity AFZ5 216]
Sony PS3 SACD to ISO | DSD 1bit-2822,4kHz 2.0/4.0 | 2.8GB | 37:51/36:59 minutes
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | 1.5 GB  | 37:47 minutes
Genre: Rock | Label: AudioFidelity | Catalog Number: AFZ 216 | Recorded: Columbia Studios, Los Angeles

While Loggins and Messina created many fine albums this one stands out as most representative of their impact. In the early ’70s the duo pioneered true country/rock and showcased it with style and near-flawless performances.

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Loggins & Messina – Sittin’ In (1971) [Audio Fidelity 2016] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Loggins and Messina – Sittin’ In (1971) [Audio Fidelity 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:26 minutes | Scans included | 1,38 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 935 MB
Mastered by Kevin Gray / Audio Fidelity # AFZ-228 | Genre: Rock

This debut album was credited to Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina because the project had begun as a solo record by Loggins being produced by Messina. By the time it was finished, however, Messina had written or co-written six of the 11 songs, contributed “first guitar,” and shared lead vocals on many tracks. Messina’s “Nobody but You” and “Vahevala,” co-written by Loggins’ second cousin, Dave Loggins, were the singles chart entries, but today everybody remembers the album for Loggins’ “House at Pooh Corner,” which had earned Loggins his record contract, and “Danny’s Song,” which Anne Murray took into the Top Ten the following year. The only thing wrong with this record is that it was too perfect – with their infectious blend of country, folk, rock and Caribbean music, L&M started out at the top of their game, and although they were able to match some of the material and performances on later records, the team never got any better than this.

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Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue (1963) [Analogue Productions 2010] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue (1963) [Analogue Productions 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:44 minutes | Scans included | 1,77 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 870 MB
Genre: Jazz

Midnight Blue is a 1963 album by Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga, and is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note. Jazz Improv Magazine lists the album among its top five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that “f you need to know ‘the Blue Note sound’, here it is”. In 2005, NPR included the album in its “Basic Jazz Library”, describing it as “one of the great jazzy blues records”.

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Jennifer Warnes – The Hunter (1992) [Reissue 2015] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Jennifer Warnes – The Hunter (1992) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:56 minutes | Scans included | 1,85 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 852 MB
Genre: Rock, Pop

It took Jennifer Warnes five years to construct a follow-up to Famous Blue Raincoat, and she still wasn’t able to come up with a unifying concept as simple and workable as recording a set of songs by Leonard Cohen. She did find some excellent covers, including Todd Rundgren’s “Pretending To Care” and The Waterboys’ “The Whole Of The Moon,” that may have been new to her listeners, and she got a song from Donald Fagen (“Big Noise, New York”). She also did some of her own writing, and got participation from Cohen on “Way Down Deep.” All of which is to say that there are some worthy selections on The Hunter, but on the whole, this record doesn’t match its illustrious predecessor.

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Janet Feder – Thisclose (2015) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88,2}

Janet Feder – T H I S C L O S E (2015)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:45 minutes | Scans | 3,95 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 755 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround sound | Genre: Avant-Garde, Acoustic, Classical, Folk

Colorado-based guitarist Janet Feder has developed a highly personal musical language, drawing inspiration from folk, jazz, minimalism, classical, avant-garde and even pop. Since the early nineties she began experimenting with her guitar, preparing it in different tunings, attaching objects to the strings, developing a unique original sound of her own. “T H I S C L O S E”, her fifth solo album, is Feder’s most fully realized album, featuring nine haunting songs. She manages to create a intimate sonic atmosphere in each of these songs, still, each sounds as a distilled essence of a much larger and deeper musical idea, leaving the listener with lingering thoughts. In these songs, Feder explores the timbral scope of her prepared guitars, let these instruments resonate in the studio space, surrounding the guitars with delicate handmade and found sounds and minor instrumental contributions from an impressive set of supporting musicians.

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