29 December, 2009


Gidon Kremer Edition - Historical Russian Archives [10cd Box Set] (2007)

Gidon Kremer Edition - Historical Russian Archives [10cd Box Set] (2007)
classical | 10CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 2350MB
Brilliant Classics | rec 1967-92 | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
For collectors of recordings by Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, this 10-disc set called Historical Russian Archives will be just the thing to fill the stray gaps in his discography. Recorded between 1967 and 1992, the sound here ranges from the acceptable to the outstanding, and featuring works from Bach's Chaconne to Salmanov's Second Violin Sonata, the repertoire ranges from the extremely well known to the almost unknown. But if one collects Kremer, neither the sound nor the repertoire will matter as much as the playing, and in that department these performances never disappoint. Kremer is, of course, a supreme virtuoso and nothing in any of these works is technically above him: not the insanely difficult acrobatics of Ernst's Caprice on Schubert's Erlkönig, not the preposterously demanding extended techniques of Stockhausen's excerpts from Tierkreis, not even the nearly demented expressive content of Schoenberg's Fantasy for violin and piano. Beyond technique, however, Kremer is a supreme interpreter and nothing in works as disparate as Biber's searing Mystery Sonata and Lourié's etiolated Concerto da Camera escapes him. But the best thing about Kremer's playing is his absolute refusal to compromise. Whatever the repertoire, Kremer gives all he has to the music. He is ineffably sweet in Schubert's Trockne Blumen Variations, deeply affecting in Chausson's Poeme, and wildly exciting in Paganini's Caprice No. 17, and just as convincing in Schubert as he is in Stockhausen. While not for everyone, this disc will be mandatory listening for anyone who loves Kremer.

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25 December, 2009


John Coltrane - Impressions (1961)

John Coltrane - Impressions (1961)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 370MB
Impulse! | RAR +5% recovery
One of John Coltrane's great LPs of the early '60s, Impressions might seem like a hodgepodge, with tracks from three different sessions in three different years. The two long tracks--"Impressions" and "India"--come from Coltrane's November 1961 stand at the Village Vanguard, and together they represent the poles of Coltrane's conception at the time."Impressions," a personal variant of "So What" that Coltrane had long explored as a member of the Miles Davis quintet, is an uptempo tenor onslaught, a blistering, sustained exploration in which Coltrane and drummer Elvin Jones established new parameters for intensity and sheer physicality. "India," a variant on the earlier "Mr. Knight," has Coltrane's soprano and Eric Dolphy's bass clarinet keening over two pulsing basses, piano, and drums, pressing jazz toward hypnotic depths. Balancing those extraordinary live performances are more compact studio recordings. "Up 'Gainst the Wall," from 1962, is a tautly convoluted blues without piano. "After the Rain," a gorgeous original ballad, and "Dear Old Stockholm" come from a 1963 session when drummer Roy Haynes had temporarily replaced Elvin Jones. The material is also available on the definitive box sets, Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings and Classic Quartet--Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings, but for listeners not ready for those investments, this is a superb portrait of a multifaceted artist.

(01) India - John Coltrane
(02) Up 'Gainst The Wall - John Coltrane
(03) Impressions - John Coltrane
(04) After The Rain - John Coltrane
(05) Dear Old Stockholm - John Coltrane

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Low - I Could Live In Hope (1994)

Low - I Could Live In Hope (1994)
indie | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 320MB
VYR | RAR +5% recovery

AMG Review:
Like so many of their contemporaries, Low are repeatedly lumped into numerous derivative and nondescript headings intended to encompass slow-paced, instrument-driven music that maintains an indie aesthetic. Quite simply, no category can truly reveal the beauty and glory of Low's debut record I Could Live in Hope. Sad core? Not even close! I Could Live in Hope is an incredibly joyous journey of spirit and songwriting sensibility. The record remains patient and sparse throughout (just guitar, bass, high hat, and snare, and angelic vocals by the husband and wife team of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker), but succeeds beautifully. Low truly behold the gift of understatement.
Working with long-time producer and New York underground mainstay Kramer, Low examine their own fears and haunting experiences, occasionally linking them with Biblical references, while consoling listeners with warm layers of ethereal vocals and waves of guitar reverberation. Tracks are simple one-word titles but that's all that they require -- too much information would spoil the record's elegance. And that's probably why they open the record with "Words," a song about the overuse and misuse of language, that sets the tone for the entire album, right up to their plaintive and passionate cover of "You Are My Sunshine." Every small nuance of production is evident -- Sparhawk's fingers not quite connecting on a chord change or sliding over a fret and echoing infinitely -- making I Could Live in Hope a true testament to both Low and Kramer's penchant for capturing the lushest of soundscapes.

01 - Words
02 - Fear
03 - Cut
04 - Slide
05 - Lazy
06 - Lullaby
07 - Sea
08 - Down
09 - Drag
10 - Rope
11 - Sunshine

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24 December, 2009


John Coltrane - Meditations (1965)

 John Coltrane - Meditations (1965)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 330MB
Impulse! | 20bit SBM | RAR +5% recovery

This CD reissues what was arguably the finest of the John Coltrane-Pharoah Sanders collaborations. On five diverse but almost consistently intense movements ("The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost," "Compassion," "Love," "Consequences" and "Serenity"), the two tenor saxophonists, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and both Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali on drums create some powerful, dense and emotional music. Unlike some of the live jams of 1966, the passionate performances never ramble on too long and the screams and screeches fit logically into the spiritual themes. This would be the last recording of Coltrane with Tyner and Jones.

1. The Father And The Son And The Holy Ghost
2. Compassion
3. Love
4. Consequences
5. Serenity

All Compositions by John Coltrane

John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, percussion (left channel)
Pharoah Sanders - tenor saxophone, tambourine, bells (right channel)
McCoy Tyner - piano
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Elvin Jones - drums (right channel)
Rashied Ali - drums (left channel)

Original sessions produced by Bob Thiele
Reissue produced by Michael Cuscuna
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ on November 23, 1965

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John Coltrane - First Meditations (for quartet) (1965)

John Coltrane - First Meditations (for quartet) (1965)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 322MB
Impulse! | released: 1977 | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Not released initially until 1977, the music on this 1992 CD was the last recording made by the classic John Coltrane Quartet; other slightly later records found the group augmented by additional musicians. Four of the five movements on this release (which are augmented by a lengthier second version of "Joy") would become part of the better-known Meditations album (along with another movement) 21-months later when tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and drummer Rashied Ali temporarily made the group a sextet. Coltrane (sticking here exclusively to tenor) plays passionately, alternating ferocious explorations with more lyrical sections.

01 - Love
02 - Compassion
03 - Joy
04 - Consequences
05 - Serenity
06 - Joy (alternate version)

John Coltrane: tenor saxophone
McCoy Tyner: piano
Jimmy Garrison: bass
Elvin Jones: drums

22 December, 2009


Gidon Kremer - Tango Ballet (1999)

Gidon Kremer - Tango Ballet (1999)
classical | 1CD | EAC Rip | APE+CUE+LOG | cover | 275MB
Teldec | RAR +5% recovery
Violinist Gidon Kremer seems always to exceed our expectations. He's offered us spellbinding recordings of Beethoven's duo sonatas with Martha Argerich, a disc of Valentin Silvestrov's music--even an Arvo Pärt recording. But lately Kremer has focused on one composer: tango master Astor Piazzolla. With Tango Ballet--an early Piazzolla piece written to accompany a short film--we have yet another gem. Divided up into six movements, Tango Ballet slyly melds chamber music and ballet with tango themes (the Argentinean wasn't yet bitten by the jazz bug when he wrote this).The next grouping, Concierto del Angel, is the real show-stopper on this disc. These highlights from Piazzolla's brooding Angel series of compositions erupt in the spirited hands of Kremer and his ensemble. The bandoneon playing of Per Arne Glorvigen adds a sonic depth not found on Tango Ballet and Kremer--especially on Resurreccion del Angel--sounds simply gorgeous. Kremer's 1998 interpretation of Piazzolla's opera Maria de Buenos Aires is also an essential work. This recording features pieces that are less noteworthy, but the playing is just as exquisite. A must-have for Piazzolla fans.

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Sonny Rollins - Volume Two (RVG) (1957)

Sonny Rollins - Volume Two (RVG) (1957)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 293MB
BN | RAR +5% recovery
Review (AMG)
Compared to his Prestige, Riverside and Contemporary recordings of the 1950s, some of Rollins's appearances on Blue Note seemed anticlimactic but none should be overlooked. This unusual album mostly has Rollins in an all-star quintet with trombonist J.J. Johnson, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Blakey but Thelonious Monk sits in on his ballad "Reflections" and on "Misterioso" both Silver and Monk get to take contrasting solos.Of the other selections, Rollins's two originals ("Why Don't I" and "Wail March") are worth reviving and he finds something new to say on "Poor Butterfly" and an uptempo "You Stepped out of a Dream."

1. Why Don't I
2. Wail March
3. Misterioso
4. Reflections
5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6. Poor Butterly

J.J. Johnson- trombone
Sonny Rollins - tenor sax
Horace Silver - piano
Thelonious Monk - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Art Blakey - drums

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Sonny Rollins - Volume One (RVG) (1956)

Sonny Rollins - Volume One (RVG) (1956)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 253MB
BN | RAR +5% recovery

Sonny Rollins' Blue Note years produced some of the quintessential recordings of the post-bop era. The simply titled VOLUME ONE is one such disc that exemplifies the classic swinging quintet format that defined small ensemble performance style from then on. Expertly recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, Rollins and his men--a young Donald Byrd (trumpet), the masterful Wynton Kelly (piano), Gene Ramey (bass) and bebop pioneer Max Roach (drums)--display expert improvisational skills on the bluesy opener "Decision" and the hard-swinging "Bluesnote."
Sounding very much like the famed Miles Davis quintet of the same period, the soft ballad "How Are Things In Glocca Morra" is one of Rollins' most sentimental performances, with graceful support from Kelley. The no-nonsense style of Roach propels the group through the bouncy "Plain Jane," which echoes Rollins' own "Oleo." Finally, the smoking "Sonnysphere" is a fast-paced blowing session for the entire group that rounds out this disc with a bang.

Donald Byrd - trumpet
Sonny Rollins - tenor sax
Wynton Kelly - piano
Gene Ramey - bass
Max Roach - drums

1. Decision
2. Bluesnote
3. How Are Things In Glocca Morra
4. Plain Jane
5. Sonnysphere

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Low - One More Reason To Forget (2000)

Low - One More Reason To Forget (2000)
indie | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 290MB
Bluesanct | rec 1997 | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Live albums have a tendency to be sterile, multi-tracked, overdubbed affairs that aren't a lot different than their studio equivalents. Low avoids that trap with One More Reason to Forget, which was recorded in a church using room microphones, thereby capturing the sound not only of the band but of the room -- an old church -- as well. One More Reason's track listing is a testament to Low's ability to change gears during a set. Sure, most of the songs are quite slow and pretty, but based on these seven tracks, they can hardly be called samey. From the purely pretty ("Venus") to the outright experimental and intense (the 17-minute "Do You Know How to Waltz?"), the band proves that it can more than make up for lack of tempo changes with a group of lovely, vibrant songs performed to perfection.

01 - Be there
02 - Venus
03 - Condescend
04 - Landlord
05 - Over the Ocean
06 - Do you know how to waltz
07 - Shame
08 - If you were born today (song for little baby Jesus)

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John Zorn - Masada v6_Vav (1995)

John Zorn - Masada v6_Vav (1995)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 400MB
DIW | RAR +5% recovery
Recorded at the Power Station in New York in 1995, Masada, Vol. 6 Vav continues Masada's convincing union of Eastern European and Middle Eastern modalities with the freer, post-bop aspects of jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman. John Zorn's writing is particularly focused and well-informed, full of serpentine lines, mixed meters, and sudden shifts in tempo, while leaving plenty of room for collective and individual improvisation. The ensemble and the individual playing are uniformly superb throughout. Like much of Zorn's work, Vav exists in several simultaneous dimensions. For instance, "Debir," "Mikreh," "Nevalah," and "Nashon" showcase intense and intricate ensemble playing over variously fixed or open forms, which inform the generally caustic, playful and/or melodic improvisations. With bassist Greg Cohen in his pocket, Joey Baron's solo on "Nevalah" is one of the album's highlights. Conversely, "Shebuah," "Tiferet," "Avelut," and "Miktav" are generally slower and quieter. On "Shebuah," Cohen freely introduces the theme; on "Avelut" he solos with fragments of another. Trumpeter Dave Douglas' virtuosic playing is particularly effective at the slower tempos; his soulful solo on "Miktav" is another highlight. One of Vav's unifying threads is the ability of Zorn and Douglas — sharpened through years of playing together — to improvise contrapuntal lines together. "Beer Sheba" stands somewhat apart from the rest of the album. Zorn and Douglas slowly and freely state the theme while Baron and Cohen deliver a restless and churning texture. Zorn responds with his now-familiar shrieks over the slowly unfolding music that is reminiscent of his Pain Killer group. Vav is a consummate collection of Zorn tunes played with conviction and empathy by this extraordinary quartet.

1  Debir  8:02 
2  Shebuah  8:09 
3  Mikreh  3:57 
4  Tiferet  4:05 
5  Nevalah 2:10
6  Miktav  9:40 
7  Nashon  8:37 
8  Avelut 7:31
9  Beer Sheba  8:50
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17 December, 2009


Low - The Curtain Hits The Cast (1996)

Low - The Curtain Hits The Cast (1996)
indie | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 330MB
VYR | RAR +5% recovery

AMG Review:
The Curtain Hits the Cast was Low's first "major" album, taking the indie buzz over their early work to a much larger audience. The band didn't lose anything in the process -- the album shows them still firmly entrenched in the epic, slow, lazy dirges that got them started.
The only noticeable changes come in the form of more elaborate production and a shift in the ratio of dark, creepy dirges to pretty, comforting ones (the latter winning out, as evidenced by the album's single, the beautiful "Over the Ocean"). Low is one of those rare bands that has created such a distinct musical world for itself that even major changes can't affect it -- just like every Cocteau Twins album is unmistakably theirs, and always good, listening to any Low recording involves revisiting a wonderful sound that can't be found anywhere else. The Curtain Hits the Cast is more accessible than much of the band's earlier work, but, since it's a Low album, it isn't really that much different -- the album is probably the best introduction to Low's work.

01 - Anon
02 - The Plan
03 - Over The Ocean
04 - Mom Says
05 - Coattails
06 - Standby
07 - Laugh
08 - Lust
09 - Stars Gone Out
10 - Same
11 - Do You Know How To Waltz?
12 - Dark

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Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass (1958)

Sonny Rollins and the Big Brass (1958)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 420MB
Verve | 24bit rem | RAR +5% recovery

Ken Dryden at AMG
Big Brass is an appropiate name for the large ensemble arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins that accompanies the huge sound of Sonny Rollins. The energy within the leader's gospel-flavored shout "Grand Street" is considerable, while a swinging but no less powerful version of George & Ira Gershwin's "Who Cares" features a choice solo by guitarist Rene Thomas. Also added to this compilation are trio recordings with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Specs Wright, including a brilliant leisurely stroll through "Manhattan," along with Rollins' tour de force unaccompanied tenor sax on "Body and Soul." Another bonus is the presence of four tracks recorded at the Music Inn with three-quarters of the Modern Jazz Quartet (without Milt Jackson); an easygoing version of Rollins' well-known "Doxy" and a tense "Limehouse Blues" are especially noteworthy. The alternate endings to "Grand Street" from the mono version of the original LP and a later reissue LP are included only for the most fanatic completists.

Track list
01. Grand Street
02. Far Out East
03. Who Cares?
04. Love Is a Simple Thing
05. What's My Name?
06. If You Were the Only Girl in the World
07. Manhattan
08. Body and Soul
09. Doxy
10. Limehouse Blues
11. I'll Follow My Secret Heart
12. You Are Too Beautiful
13. Grand Street [Mono LP Ending]
14. Grand Street [Verve LP Ending]

Personnel: Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Ernie Wilkins (arranger, conductor); Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Reunald Jones (trumpet); Nat Adderley (cornet); Jimmy Cleveland, Billy Byers, Frank Rehak (trombone); Don Butterfield (tuba); John Lewis, Dick Katz (piano); Rene Thomas (guitar); Henry Grimes, Percy Heath (bass); Roy Haynes, Connie Kay, Specs Wright (drums).
Producer: Leonard Feather.
Reissue producer: Ben Young.
Recorded at Beltone Studios, New York, New York on July 10, 1958; Metropolitan Studios, New York, New York on July 11, 1958; Music Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts on August 3, 1958. Includes liner notes by Ben Young, Loren Schoenberg and Leonard Feather.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Kevin Reeves (Polygram Studios).
This is part of the Verve Master Edition series.

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John Zorn's Emergency - Live At The Willisau Jazz Festival (2003)

John Zorn's Emergency - Live At The Willisau Jazz Festival (2003)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 395MB
FMF | rec 1999 | RAR +5% recovery

review (Amazon)
John Zorn's Emergency is Zorn on alto sax, John Medeski on organ, Marc Ribot on guitar, and Kenny Wolleson on drums. This particular recording was made at the Willisau Jazz Festival on October 29, 1999 and consists of two lengthy tracks (28 and 27 minutes respectively) and one briefer encore (about 11 minutes) piece. . The music sounds is exciting and powerful-- Zorn is on fire with this group, taking full advantage of his extraordinary technique although sticking somewhat closer to conventional styles. Nonetheless, his playing is superb and seems quite inspired by the band-- Ribot serves as a foil for Zorn, prodding him as necessary and providing some pyrotechnics himself. Medeski seems to be largely holding down the fort in many ways-- his playing remains the most conventional of those on here. Wolleson is a monster-- I've not quite heard such fierceness in his playing, but he's really quite all over the map.

John Zorn - Alto
John Medeski - Keyboards
Marc Ribot - Guitar
Kenny Wollensen - Drums

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15 December, 2009


Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
latin | 1cd | Eac Rip | flac-cue-log-cover | 380MB
WCD | RAR +5% recovery

This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. While bandleader Desi Arnaz became a huge hit in the States, several equally talented musicians never saw success outside their native country, and have had nothing but their music to sustain them during the Castro reign. Ry Cooder went to Cuba to record a musical documentary of these performers. Many of the musicians on this album have been playing for more than a half century, and they sing and play with an obvious love for the material. Cooder could have recorded these songs without paying the musicians a cent; one can imagine them jumping up and grabbing for their instruments at the slightest opportunity, just to play. Most of the songs are a real treasure, traversing a lot of ground in Cuba's musical history. There's the opening tune, "Chan Chan," a composition by 89-year-old Compay Segundo, who was a bandleader in the '50s; the cover of the early-'50s tune "De Camino a la Verada," sung by the 72-year-old composer Ibrahim Ferrer, who interrupted his daily walk through Havana just long enough to record; or the amazing piano playing on "Pablo Nuevo" by 77-year-old Rubén González, who has a unique style that blends jazz, mambo, and a certain amount of playfulness. All of these songs were recorded live -- some of them in the musicians' small apartments -- and the sound is incredibly deep and rich, something that would have been lost in digital recording and overdubbing. Cooder brought just the right amount of reverence to this material, and it shows in his production, playing, and detailed liner notes. If you get one album of Cuban music, this should be the one.

Track listing:
01. "Chan Chan" (Elíades Ochoa) - 4:16
02. "De Camino a la Vereda" (Ibrahim Ferrer) - 5:03
03. "El Cuarto de Tula" (Ry Cooder) - 7:27
04. "Pueblo Nuevo" (Rubén González) - 6:05
05. "Dos Gardenias" (Ibrahim Ferrer) - 3:02
06. "Y Tú Qué Has Hecho?" (Compay Segundo) - 3:13
07. "Veinte Ańos" (Omara Portuondo) - 3:29
08. "El Carretero" (Elíades Ochoa) - 3:28
09. "Candela" (Ibrahim Ferrer) - 5:27
10. "Amor de Loca Juventud" (Compay Segundo) - 3:21
11. "Orgullecida" (Compay Segundo) - 3:18
12. "Murmullo" (Ibrahim Ferrer) - 3:50
13. "Buena Vista Social Club" (Ry Cooder) - 4:50
14. "La Bayamesa" (Manuel Licea) - 2:54


Neil Young - Harvest Moon (1992)

Neil Young - Harvest Moon (1992)
rock | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 305MB
Reprise | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
The year of the 20th anniversary of the release of his most popular album, Harvest, Neil Young released a new album that harked back to that recording, employing many of the same musicians, again dubbed the Stray Gators, as well as arranger Jack Nitzsche and background singers Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. He also used a similar folk-country acoustic style and sang songs that often had a personal, confessional tone. But the similarities were more of form than of content because, while Harvest was the statement of a confused, if earnest, 26 year old, Harvest Moon embodied the ruminations of a somewhat regretful 46 year old. Indeed, the greatest comparison to be made between the two records was that Young tried to use the passage of time as a confirmation of continuity. In the first several songs, he seemed to be trying to reconcile with his wife and revive their love, though he was uncertain that was possible. In "One of These Days," he regretted the loss of friendships over the years. "War of Man" and the long and ponderous "Natural Beauty" concerned environmental preservation, and even the rollicking banjo tune "Old King" was a lament for the death of a faithful dog. "I never tried to burn any bridges," sang an artist whose contradictory instincts to move on and to return found him, by the time of his 27th solo album, trying to get back to the feel of his fourth. If the attempt was not completely successful, nevertheless it was well and honestly made, and Young wasn't alone in his desire. As Hollywood has long since learned, sequels have a built-in audience, and Harvest Moon became Young's best-selling album in 13 years.

01 - Unknown Legend
02 - From Hank To Hendrix
03 - You And Me
04 - Harvest Moon
05 - War Of Man
06 - One Of These Days
07 - Such A Woman
08 - Old King
09 - Dreamin' Man
10 - Natural Beauty

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Goran Bregovic 1993 - Arizona Dream

Goran Bregovic 1993 - Arizona Dream
soundtrack | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 290MB
Mercury | RAR +5% recovery

This is an incredible soundtrack loaded with emotions and feelings ranging from the sweet melodies of "Childhood" to the sound of "Death"! The music of Goran Bregovic really captures amazingly the sensitivity of the film while the Iggy Pop/Goran Bregovic (Yes.."The" Iggy Pop!) tunes underline nicely the humor and madness of this "modern American folk-tale". Bought my copy 10 years ago, still in my CD player or with me when taking a road trip. If you Luuuuv music, don't wait any longer.....get it now....seriously...I'm not kidding...come on!

1. 5:13 In the Death Car [perf. by Iggy Pop]
2. 3:34 Dreams
3. 5:04 Old Home Movie
4. 5:19 TV Screen [perf. by Iggy Pop]
5. 4:52 7:8 & 11:8
6. 4:51 Get the Money [perf. by Iggy Pop]
7. 4:46 Gunpowder
8. 3:05 Gypsy Reggae
9. 5:16 Death
10. 4:14 This Is A Film [perf. by Iggy Pop]


Sonny Rollins - The Bridge (1962)

Sonny Rollins - The Bridge (1962)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 280MB
RCA | RAR +5% recovery

Review (Amazon)
Widely acknowledged as the most significant and accomplished tenor saxophonist in the world, Sonny Rollins's recording legacy is nothing short of extraordinary. Beginning as a sideman in the late-'40s, he worked with Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, and Miles Davis. Since recording his first date as a leader in 1954, Rollins has recorded dozens of albums for numerous labels, eventually settling in for a long stay on Milestone. The Bridge, recorded in 1962 for RCA Records, is one of Rollins's most dramatic recordings: it marks a return from three years of self-imposed retirement and its title track is a nod to the stories that Rollins had spent much of that time practicing by himself on the Williamsburg Bridge. The lineup for The Bridge is unusual for the time, a quartet featuring guitar (Jim Hall) instead of piano. The rest of the band serves simply to frame Rollins, whose time off only improved his already awesome abilities. Along with the title track, the album's standouts include "Without a Song" and "God Bless the Child."

1. Without A Song
2. Where Are You
3. John S.
4. The Bridge
5. God Bless The Child
6. You Do Something To Me

Sonny Rollins: tenor saxophone
Jim Hall: guitar
Bob Cranshaw: bass
Ben Riley: drums
Harry T. Saunders: drums(5)

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Kurt Weill - Die Buergschaft (Spoleto Festival, Julius Rudel) (1999)

Kurt Weill - Die Buergschaft (Spoleto Festival, Julius Rudel) (1999)
classical | 2CD | EAC Rip |APE+CUE+LOG | cover | 560MB
EMI | RAR +5% recovery

Recorded live at the Spoleto Festival USA, the Die Burgschaft operatic opus by Kurt Weill 1900-1950) is flawlessly reproduced in stereo for EMI Classics' two CD boxed set format. Listeners will enjoy the passionate, powerful performances Frederick Burchinal, Margaret Thompson, Dale Travis, Joel Sorensen, Peter Lurie, Lawrence Craig, Herbert Perry, Ann Panagulias, Katherine Cleshuski, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Mark Duffin, John Danleckl, The Westminister Choir, and the Spoleto Festive USA Orchestra under the able direction of Julius Rudel. Die Burgschaft is a highly recommended addition to any personal, music school, and public library classical music collection.

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David Bowie 1973 - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2003 Limited Edition)

David Bowie 1973 - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2003 Limited Edition)
rock | 2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 610MB
EMI | 2003 remaster | RAR +5% recovery

Recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 03-07-73. This was the last time we saw Ziggy Stardust.
Reissued in 2003 as a 30th Anniversary Edition (EMI) On the new edition, remixed by Tony Visconti, the original running order was restored, with Changes following Moonage Daydream.
This 2CD set also features the intro and finale music, The Width Of A Circle in its full 15 minute glory, as well as Bowie's complete farewell speech. Songs "The Jean Genie" & "Round And Round" from the concert are still left off the tracklist.
This version is the very limited, red CD special edition boxed set, (EMI 7243 5 82394 2 3) also released as a 2LP red vinyl set.

(PART 1)
1. Intro (1:05)
2. Hang On To Yourself (2:55)
3. Ziggy Stardust (3:19)
4. Watch That Man (4:14)
5. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (3:15)
6. All The Young Dudes (1:38)
7. Oh! You Pretty Thing (1:46)
8. Moonage Daydream (6:25)
9. Changes (3:36)
10. Space Oddity (5:05)
11. My Death (7:20)

(PART 2)
1. Intro (1:01)
2. Cracked Actor (3:03)
3. Time (5:31)
4. The Width Of A Circle (15:45)
5. Let's Spend The Night Together (3:02)
6. Suffragette City (4:34)
7. White Light / White Heat (4:01)
8. Farewell Speech (0:39)
9. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (5:17)

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14 December, 2009


Keith Jarrett - Mozart Piano Concertos I-II (1996 & 99)

Keith Jarrett - Mozart Piano Concertos I-II (1996 & 99)
classical | 2x2CD | EAC Rip | flac+CUE+LOG | cover | 1110MB
ECM | RAR +5% recovery

Review cd 3-4 (AMG)
Keith Jarrett evidently has carte blanche to do anything he wants at Manfred Eicher's ECM label -- and thus encouraged, he takes ample risks in a field that is swamped with able and formidable competitors. Mozart's piano concertos may be relatively easy to play but they are notoriously hard to interpret -- that's where the true music-making comes in -- and brave intentions aside, Jarrett cannot do very much with this music beyond playing the notes accurately and cleanly. [cut]He brings nearly nothing of his own to the "Concerto No. 23"; much of it is precious and monochromatic, though he finally does generate some animation in the "Finale." Jarrett's tempo for the opening movement of the "Concerto No. 27" isn't out of line, it just seems much slower than it actually is due to his stolid, doggedly literal playing; the larghetto is actually a bit fast, and the rondo lacks point and wit. The adagio movement of the "Concerto No. 21" has the tune that became famous after being used in the film Elvira Madigan yet Jarrett resists poetry of any kind, pounding out the chords in the left hand stiffly. Next to Artur Schnabel's old yet still-treasurable recordings of pointed, imaginative eloquence -- or Daniel Barenboim's renderings of expression and depth -- Jarrett is simply a non-starter in numbers 21 and 27. Another problem is the way Jarrett's piano is miked; it sounds distant, with little in the way of dynamic contrast, surrounded with a slight halo of reverb. One wonders if the engineering is actually fighting Jarrett's sporadic attempts to characterize the music. Dennis Russell Davies and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra come off somewhat better in the deal, with streamlined, flowing, somewhat soft-focused introductions influenced ever so slightly by period-instrument bowing practices that became prevalent in the late 20th century. But at least they use modern instruments, for which many now turned off by grating period-instrument recordings should be thankful. The two-CD set is filled out by Davies leading sturdy, moderately paced, very well-played performances of Mozart's magnificent "Symphony No. 40" and the dolorous "Masonic Funeral Music."

Composer:   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Keith Jarrett
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

01 - [K. 488] - I. Allegro
02 - [K. 488] - II. Adagio
03 - [K. 488] - III. Allegro assai
04 - [K. 595] - I. Allegro
05 - [K. 595] - II. Larghetto
06 - [K. 595] - III. Allegro
01 - [K. 477] - Masonic Funeral Music
02 - [K. 467] - I. Allegro maestoso
03 - [K. 467] - II. Andante
04 - [K. 467] - III. Allegro vivace assai
05 - [K. 550] - I. Molto allegro
06 - [K. 550] - II. Andante
07 - [K. 550] - III. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
08 - [K. 550] - IV. Allegro Assai
01 - [K. 466] - I. Allegro
02 - [K. 466] - II. Romance
03 - [K. 466] - III Allegro assai
04 - [K. 453] - I. Allegro
05 - [K. 453] - II. Andante
06 - [K. 453] - III. Allegretto - Finale. Presto
01 - [K. 271] - I. Allegro
02 - [K. 271] - II. Andantino
03 - [K. 271] - III. Rondeau. Presto
04 - [K. 546] - Adagio and Fugue for String Orchestra


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09 December, 2009


Blue Mitchell - Big 6 (1958)

Blue Mitchell - Big 6 (1958)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 220MB
OJC | rar +5% recovery

Trumpeter Blue Mitchell was a virtual unknown when he recorded this Riverside album, his first as a leader. Now reissued on CD in the OJC series, Mitchell is heard in excellent form in an all-star sextet with trombonist Curtis Fuller, tenor great Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. In addition to some group originals, obscurities, and the standard "There Will Never Be Another You," the group also plays the earliest recorded version of Benny Golson's "Blues March," predating Art Blakey's famous recording.

1 Blues March 10:23
2 Big Six 6:42
3 There Will Never Be Another You 4:59
4 Brother 'Ball 7:21
5 Jamph 3:46
6 Sir John 8:05
7 Promenade 1:40

Curtis Fuller; Trombone
Johnny Griffin; Saxophone (Tenor)
Philly Joe Jones; Drums
Wynton Kelly; Piano
Blue Mitchell; Trumpet
Wilbur Ware; Bass

Recording Date
Jul 2, 1958; Jul 3, 1958

08 December, 2009


John Coltrane - The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane (1964)

John Coltrane - The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane (1964)
jazz | 1cd | eac rip | ape-cue-log | cover | 340MB
Impulse! | rec. 1961-64 

Review (AMG)
"Gentle" is a relative term, for while this collection of material is mostly pitched at a slower set of tempos and a more lyrical frame of mind, John Coltrane was no less passionate in a ballad as he was in a roaring frenzy. Originally issued on two LPs, and now as an excellent value on a single CD, The Gentle Side draws nine tracks from the legacy of the classic Coltrane quartet (with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones), adding a pair of tracks each from his collaborations with Duke Ellington and Johnny Hartman.
You can say all you want about how a collection like this disregards the musical flow of the original albums -- which is true -- and still be caught up helplessly in the staggering emotional power of this man's playing. Even when heard in this context, performances like "After the Rain" and "Welcome" remain breathtaking in their spiritual beauty, and the combination of Coltrane's eloquence and the warm, masculine baritone of Hartman can still break your heart with their most-likely-untopped interpretation of "My One and Only Love." Above all, if you know anyone who has resisted Coltrane because of the fearsome reputation of his more agitated music, lay this CD on them.

1 Soul Eyes
2 What's New
3 Welcome
4 Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
5 My Little Brown Book
6 Wise One
7 Lush Life
8 Alabama
9 My One And Only Love
10 After The Rain
11 In A Sentimental Mood
12 Dear Lord
13 I Want To Talk About You


Neil Young - Landing On Water (1986)

Neil Young - Landing On Water (1986)
rock | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 270MB
Geffen | 2000 remaster | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Backed only by co-producer Danny Kortchmar on guitar and Steve Jordan on drums, with all three playing synthesizers, Neil Young turns in an album that attempts to mix the raunchy rock thrust of his Crazy Horse-style music with contemporary trends in pop, especially the tendency to turn the drums way up in the mix. It's an uneasy combination in which Jordan's forceful drumming dominates the tracks, with Young's vocals nearly buried.[cut] But that only means that the production has ruined a group of songs few of which were any good anyway. The only one that offers the promise of being one of Young's better efforts is "Hippie Dream," a sober criticism of what became of '60s idealism in general and Young's erstwhile bandmate David Crosby in particular. But if Landing on Water was not a good album, at least it seemed to point Young away from the stylistic dabbling of his last three albums and back toward the kind of rock he did best, and at least some of his fans returned as a result, giving him a slight uptick in sales.

1. "Weight of the World" – 3:40
2. "Violent Side" – 4:22
3. "Hippie Dream" – 4:11
4. "Bad News Beat" – 3:18
5. "Touch the Night" – 4:30
6. "People on the Street" – 4:33
7. "Hard Luck Stories" – 4:06
8. "I Got a Problem" – 3:16
9. "Pressure" – 2:46
10. "Drifter" – 5:05

* Neil Young – lead guitar, synthesizer, vocals
* Steve Jordan – drums, synthesizer, vocals
* Danny Kortchmar – guitar, synthesizer, vocals
* San Francisco Boys Chorus – vocals on tracks "Violent Side" and "Touch the Nigh

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06 December, 2009


Nils Petter Molvaer - Khmer (1997)

Nils Petter Molvaer - Khmer (1997)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 250MB
ECM | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Khmer is surely the most unusual album ever released by ECM -- unusual because the label, which is best known for elevated chamber jazz, presents the solo debut of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer as a production that plays with modern electronica methods while not eschewing the well-known ECM aesthetic. Molvaer's music is somewhere between scary and majestic, and changes between ominous ambient sounds and hard breakbeats, along which atonal screeching guitars combined with melancholic melodies, create a fascinating melange.
Above all this thrones Molvaer's trumpet: lyrical, hectic, calm and sad, trembling and screaming. Molvaer is one of the most progressive and intelligent voices in jazz today, and with Khmer he's recorded one of the best jazz albums of the '90s. Two CD singles were released in addition to this album. The first, "Khmer: The Remixes," contains three remixes of Khmer songs (an ECM novum, too), from Rockers Hi-Fi among others; the second, "Ligotage," offers a new track and another remix. The first CD single was included in the U.S. release of Khmer.

01 - Khmer
02 - Tlon
03 - Access , Song of sand I
04 - On stream
05 - Platonic years
06 - Phum
07 - Song of sand II
08 - Exit

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Nils Petter Molvaer - Solid Ether (2000)

Nils Petter Molvaer - Solid Ether (2000)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 360MB
ECM | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Like 1998's Khmer, Solid Ether is an unusual addition to the ECM catalog, reflecting the Norwegian trumpeter's continued fascination with drum'n'bass, jungle, and other underground club genres. Molvaer's work in this idiom is indicative of a new wave sweeping Europe and Scandinavia, where boundaries between jazz and electronica are being creatively blurred by a growing number of forward-thinking artists.
(The trend is catching on in the States as well.) Molvaer's trumpet is consistently in the forefront, as is the case in the music of his French contemporary, Erik Truffaz. This will inevitably prompt comparisons with Miles Davis, and Molvaer indeed credits Davis as a major influence in his musical development. The music on this record, however, sounds nothing like Davis ever played nor could have foreseen. (That said, in all likelihood he would have heartily approved.) With its driving beats, spare-to-barren harmonies, and dense atmospherics and samples, Solid Ether breaks completely with traditional notions of jazz performance. Most of its tracks segue directly from one to the next, creating a seamless "mix" in the style of much experimental dance music. While ten guest artists are credited in addition to Molvaer (including guitarist Eivind Aarset and DJ Strangefruit, aka Paal Nyhus), they don't often play clearly delineated "parts" or solos. One exception is the two-part "Merciful," which pairs Molvaer's piano with the vocals of Sidsel Endresen, bringing Annette Peacock to mind. Not everyone will "get" this kind of music, and die-hard jazzers might laugh it off as an inconsequential fad. But it's actually a seismic innovation that is just getting started.

01 - Dead indeed
02 - Vilderness 1
03 - Kakonita
04 - Merciful 1
05 - Ligotage
06 - Trip
07 - Vilderness 2
08 - Tragamar
09 - Solid ether
10 - Merciful 2

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Dave Matthews Band - Live At Folsom Field (2002)

Dave Matthews Band - Live At Folsom Field (2002)
rock | 2CD | EAC Rip | APE+CUE+LOG | no cover | 1080MB
RCA | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Even after Dave Matthews scuttled recording sessions with producer Steve Lillywhite in 2000 and turned to Glen Ballard to co-write and produce what became Everyday, he and his band performed songs from the abortive sessions in concert, and they eventually reworked the material into the 2002 album Busted Stuff. This, the fourth Dave Matthews Band live double CD, catches the group on July 11, 2001, filling its two-and-a-half-hour set with songs from the Lillywhite sessions and Everyday, even though the former were unknown to the band's audience at the time (at least, those members of the audience who hadn't downloaded the then-unreleased material).
In fact, "JTR," the second song here, didn't make it onto Busted Stuff and is thus earning its first legitimate release on this album. Busted Stuff songs "Big Eyed Fish," "Bartender," and "Digging a Ditch" work well in their concert treatments and come off as excellent additions to the band's live repertoire. The eight Everyday songs are another matter. As they do on the album, they sound distinctly different from the band's other material, thrusting Matthews forward and revealing tighter song structures (which, in the DMB world, is not always a good thing). But the good news is that, as opposed to the abbreviated studio album arrangements, the performances here are more stretched out, giving the band more to do. Of course, the concert also features older Matthews material, and that brings listeners into the Grateful Dead world of multiple performances on record. This is the fifth time that "Crash into Me" and "All Along the Watchtower" have turned up on a Matthews disc, and for some listeners, that's at least a couple too many. But don't try to tell the band's fans that.

Disc one
1. "Don't Drink the Water" - 9:10
2. "JTR" - 6:52
* with The Lovely Ladies
3. "When the World Ends" - 3:46
4. "So Right" - 6:15
5. "Big Eyed Fish" - 7:08
6. "Bartender" - 9:54
7. "What You Are" - 6:56
8. "Crash into Me" - 5:57
9. "Everyday" - 8:42
* with The Lovely Ladies
10. "I Did It" - 3:44
* with The Lovely Ladies
11. "If I Had It All" - 4:31
* with The Lovely Ladies

Disc two
1. "Angel" - 14:29
* with The Lovely Ladies
2. "Warehouse" - 9:25
3. "Recently" - 4:12
4. "Digging A Ditch" - 5:33
5. "What Would You Say" - 4:53
6. "All Along the Watchtower" (Dylan) - 9:24
* with Butch Taylor
7. "The Space Between" - 5:00
* with The Lovely Ladies
8. "Stay (Wasting Time)" - 7:47
9. "Two Step" - 9:18
10. "Ants Marching" - 7:55

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05 December, 2009


Nils Petter Molvaer - ER (2005)

Nils Petter Molvaer - ER (2005)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | APE+CUE+LOG | cover | 300MB
ECM | RAR +5% recovery

Review (AMG)
Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvar made his small mark on fans and critics alike in the United States with his fine pair of ECM recordings. After a couple of years working in Europe, he returned to the release scene in the U.S. with An American Compilation in June of 2006. That disc was a selection of tracks from this album, his remix disc, and live cuts of tunes from the ECM period. In fact, ER is being issued simultaneously with Streamer, the live CD.
Molvar is now on the Thirsty Ear imprint and these recordings are being issued via the label's Blue Series, which is curated by Matthew Shipp. Some have questioned whether the trumpeter and composer's work is actually "jazz." Interestingly, the Europeans don't give it a second thought. Who cares anyway? What the tracks on ER point to is what a compelling musician and writer Molvar is. In association with guitarist Eivind Aarset, bassist Ingebrigt Flaten, drummer Rune Arnesen, vocalist Sidsel Endresen, and a host of other sidemen who do everything from programming to organic percussion to playing pianos and other keyboards, Molvar has created a dreamy, seductive, and utterly compelling brand of new electronically kissed jazz. Rhythms are everywhere to be found, from drums and percussion instruments to loops and samples. Molvar's trumpet is warm, rounded, played sparely. He's not looking for fire; he's content with the smoldering smoke. Check tracks like the utterly beguiling "Only These Things Count," fronted by the trumpeter and Endresen's gorgeous yet plaintive vocal. On "Darker," the trumpeter's melody is the only thing that keeps the track in a groove as cross-cutting -- yet sparsely programmed -- loops cross hairs in the middle. Aarset's guitar playing is heavy on atmosphere and void of any instrumental masturbation disguised as guitar heroics. Elsewhere, such as on the shimmering "Water," Endresen's all but wordless vocals in three ranges appear and slip into the ether, and Molvar's trumpet is more reminiscent of Jon Hassell. Rhythmic invention is created despite the programming. Dynamics shift and flow with rhythmic tensions, and the whole thing feels like an enchanting dream. The set concludes with the spaced-out and melodically inventive "Dancer," where drones of trumpet, keyboards, and guitar are matched by organic percussion, a drum kit, and vinyl channeling. The drums and percussion instruments chant their rhythms as Molvar floats around them with a skeletal yet pronounced melody. He's the singer in the tune as Aarset hovers, gracing the proceedings with another sonic dimension. In sum, it's a gorgeous set and one of Molvar's best. ER is a welcome return, and hopefully listeners won't have to wait years to get caught up on his activities from now on.

1. Hover 7:22
2. Softer 5:14
3. Water 6:20
4. Only These Things Count 6:03
5. Sober 3:25
6. Darker 5:20
7. Feeder 4:28
8. Dancer 7:52

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03 December, 2009


Gidon Kremer - Hommage a Piazzolla (1996)

Gidon Kremer - Hommage a Piazzolla (1996)
classical | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 420MB
AMG review:
From the violinist and Piazzolla fanatic Gidon Kremer comes this album of works by Piazzolla, along with one song in tribute to the legend. He covers a decent range of Piazzolla's work, moving equally well between slower milongas and faster tangos. The album starts out with the relatively somber, but quite dramatic "Milonga en re." It then moves on to a more upbeat set with "Vardarito" and the grandiose "Oblivion." Then comes "Escualo," which has something nearly akin to a march driving it. The more nostalgic tone of "Café 1930" immediately follows, snapping the listener back into a somber mood. The grand "Concierto para quinteto" makes an appearance, followed by "Soledad" and the deeper, darker sound of "Buenos Aires hora cero." "Celos" follows, to be followed itself by Jerry Peterburshsky's tribute to Piazzolla, "El sol sueno." Many of the attributes of Piazzolla's compositions make themselves apparent in this tribute, though the strings are in places somewhat more standard than Piazzolla's music might normally lead one to be accustomed to. The album finishes on the aptly titles "Grand Tango," for simply violin and piano. Kremer is among a small handful of musicians that are able to aptly evoke the power of the music of Piazzolla to come along since the death of Piazzolla (Yo-yo Ma's masterful album of Piazzolla works also numbers with Kremer). The passion and emotion created by Piazzolla's tangos are performed nearly to perfection here, with the only downside being the absence of Piazzolla himself. The ensemble of Russians and Eastern Europeans makes a surprisingly good stab at Argentine music here, showing if nothing else the universality of Piazzolla's work. Pick it up as a fan of Piazzolla, but pick up some actual Piazzolla first as a newcomer.

01 - Milonga En Re
02 - Vardarito
03 - Oblivion
04 - Escualo
05 - Cafe 1930
06 - Concierto Para Quinteto
07 - Soledad
08 - Buenos Aires Hora Cero
09 - Celos
10 - El Sol SueNo
11 - Le Grand Tango

02 December, 2009


John Coltrane - Jupiter Variation (1967)

John Coltrane - Jupiter Variation (1967)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 280MB
Impulse! | RAR +5% recovery

Rashied Ali - Drums
Alice Coltrane - Piano
John Coltrane - Sax (Tenor)
Charlie Haden - Bass
Pharoah Sanders - Tambourine, Flute (Wood), Shaker

1 - Number One (11:58) John Coltrane
2 - Peace On Earth (7:12) John Coltrane
3 - Jupiter (variation) (6:49) John Coltrane
4 - Leo (11:02) John Coltrane

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30 November, 2009


Curtis Fuller - Imagination (1959)

 Curtis Fuller - Imagination (1959)
jazz |  1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 230MB
Review (AMG)
Prior to the official formation of the Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer, trombonist Curtis Fuller and tenorman Benny Golson made several albums together, usually with other trumpeters.
This somewhat rare date has trumpeter Thad Jones, bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Dave Bailey, and, most significantly, pianist McCoy Tyner in his recording debut completing the sextet. Fuller arranged all five of the songs, four of which were his originals. Although the material (other than the lone standard "Imagination") is unfamiliar, the chord changes inspire the players to create some fine solos. Easily recommended to hard bop fans lucky enough to find this album.

1. Kachin'
2. Bang Bang
3. Imagination
4. Blues de Funk
5. Lido Road

28 November, 2009


Duke Ellington 1969 - All-Star White House Tribute (BN)

Duke Ellington 1969 - All-Star White House Tribute (BN)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover
Blue Note | RAR +5% recovery | 480 MB

Recorded live at the White House, Washington, D.C. on April 29, 1969. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.
Recorded at The White House on Duke Ellington's 70th birthday, when he was awarded the Medal Of Freedom by President Richard M. Nixon

Duke Ellington (piano)
Mary Mayo, Joe Williams (vocals)
Paul Desmond (alto saxophone)
Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone)
Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Bill Berry (trumpet)
Urbie Green, J.J. Johnson (trombone)
Earl Hines, Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Billy Taylor (piano)
Jim Hall (guitar)
Milt Hinton (bass)
Louie Bellson (drums)

track list:
01. Take the "A" Train [0:02:39.10]
Medley 1:
02. I Got It Bad [0:02:15.41]
03. Chelsea Bridge [0:02:06.59]
04. Satin Doll [0:02:42.12]
05. Sophisticated Lady [0:01:51.06]
06. Just Squeeze Me [0:03:18.31]
07. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart [0:01:00.42]
08. Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me [0:00:54.72]
09. Don't Get Around Much Anymore [0:00:55.01]
10. In a Mellow Tone [0:07:04.58]
End of Medley 1:
11. In a Sentimental Mood [0:01:55.27]
12. Prelude to a Kiss [0:03:56.60]
13. Ring Dem Bells [0:02:16.03]
Medley 2:
14. Drop Me Off in Harlem [0:02:23.33]
15. All Too Soon [0:01:56.04]
16. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) [0:02:18.06]
End of Medley 2:
17. Things Ain't What They Used to Be [0:04:28.53]
18. Perdido [0:02:09.11]
19. Warm Valley [0:03:33.40]
20. Caravan [0:05:22.64]
21. Mood Indigo [0:03:45.19]
Medley 3:
22. Prelude to a Kiss [2] [0:02:11.09]
23. I Didn't Know about You [0:02:38.39]
End of Medley 3:
24. Praise God and Dance [0:02:26.59]
25. Come Sunday [0:02:28.10]
26. Heritage [0:02:13.13]
27. Jump for Joy [0:01:56.47]
28. Pat [0:02:56.40]

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Gerry Mulligan 1960-62 - Complete Verve G M Concert Band Sessions (MOSAIC) 4cd

Gerry Mulligan 1960-62 - Complete Verve G M Concert Band Sessions (MOSAIC) 4cd (flac)
jazz | 4CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover
MOSAIC records | RAR +5% recovery | 1700 MB

This four disc-set contains all of the existing Concert Band Sessions from May 1960 to December 1962, and makes available for the first time five previously unreleased performances.

1 Sweet and Slow Dubin, Warren 5:17
2 Bweebida Bobbida Mulligan 5:47
3 Manoir de Mes Ręves (Django's Castle) Reinhardt 3:49
4 You Took Advantage of Me Hart, Rodgers 4:39
5 Out of This World Arlen, Mercer 3:50
6 My Funny Valentine Hart, Rodgers 5:03
7 Broadway Bird, McRae, Wood 5:21
8 I'm Gonna Go Fishin' Ellington, Lee 5:54
9 I Know, Don't Know How Mulligan 4:38
10 Barbara's Theme Mandel 5:08
11 Sweet and Slow [First Version] Dubin, Warren 4:25
12 Out of This World [First Version] Arlen, Mercer 3:38

13 Go Home Mulligan, Webster 7:45
14 Barbara's Theme Mandel 5:32
15 Theme from "I Want to Live" Mandel 7:11
16 The Red Door Mulligan, Sims 5:45
17 Come Rain or Come Shine Arlen, Mercer 4:55
18 Apple Core Mulligan 4:16
19 Go Home Mulligan, Webster 5:55
20 As Catch Can Mulligan 6:38
21 Young Blood Mulligan 5:21
22 Blueport Farmer 10:06

23 Blueport Farmer 10:57
24 Body and Soul Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour 5:44
25 Black Nightgown Mandel 4:07
26 Come Rain or Come Shine Arlen, Mercer 5:35
27 Lady Chatterley's Mother Cohn 6:15
28 Let My People Be Mulligan 8:03
29 All About Rosie Russell 9:46
30 Weep McFarland 6:02
31 I Know, Don't Know How Mulligan 5:24
32 Chuggin' McFarland, Mulligan 4:46
33 Summer's Over Holliday, Mulligan 4:35
34 Israel Carisi 3:10

35 Little Rock Getaway Sullivan 3:06
36 Ballad Mulligan 4:16
37 Big City Life Brookmeyer 5:23
38 Big City Blues Brookmeyer 5:44
39 My Kinda Love Alter, Trent 3:55
40 Pretty Little Gypsy McFarland 3:37
41 Bridgehampton South McFarland 4:27
42 Bridgehampton Strut McFarland 3:56
43 Chant Mulligan 3:35
44 Ballad [alternate take] Mulligan 4:28
45 Bridgehampton South [alternate take] McFarland 5:13
46 Bridgehampton Strut [alternate take] McFarland 3:51

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Neil Young - Trans (1982)

Neil Young - Trans (1982)
rock | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover |300MB
Geffen | RAR +5% recovery
Review (AMG)
When it was released, Trans was Neil Young's most baffling album. He had employed a vocoder to synthesize his voice on five of the album's nine tracks, resulting in disembodied singing, the lyrics nearly impossible to decipher without the lyric sheet.[cut]
And even when you read the words, "Computer Age," "We R in Control," "Transformer Man," "Computer Cowboy," and "Sample and Hold" seemed like a vague mishmash of high-tech jargon. Later, Young would reveal that some of the songs expressed a theme of attempted communication with his disabled son, and in that context, lines like "I stand by you" and "So many things still left to do/But we haven't made it yet" seemed clearer. But the vocoder, which robbed Young's voice of its dynamics and phrasing, still kept the songs from being as moving as they were intended to be. And despite the crisp dance beats and synthesizers, the music sounded less like new Kraftwerk than like old Devo. A few more conventional Young songs (left over from an earlier rejected album) seemed out of place. Trans had a few good songs, notably "Sample and Hold" (which seemed to be about a computer dating service for robots), a remake of "Mr. Soul," and "Like an Inca" (an intended cross between "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer"?), but on the whole it was an idea that just didn't work.

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16 November, 2009


Gerry Mulligan 1992 - Re-Birth Of The Cool

Gerry Mulligan 1992 - Re-Birth Of The Cool (GRP)
jazz | 1CD | EACRip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover
GRP records | RAR +5% recovery | 320 MB

01 - Israel.flac
02 - Deception.flac
03 - Move.flac
04 - Rouge.flac
05 - Rocker.flac
06 - Godchild.flac
07 - Moon Dreams.flac
08 - Venus De Milo.flac
09 - Budo.flac
10 - Boplicity.flac
11 - Darn That Dream.flac
12 - Jeru.flac


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12 November, 2009


Astor Piazzolla - Suite Punta del Este (1982&84)

Astor Piazzolla - Suite Punta del Este (1982&84)
classical | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 220MB
Personality | RAR +5% recovery

This is one of the most interesting CD's available of music by the great Argentinean composer, Astor Piazzolla, being the only recorded version in existence of his 17 minutes long "Suite Punta Del Este".
Those of us who have seen the excellent Terry Gilliam movie, 12 monkeys, might recall the eerie musical piece which opens the movie, and is apparent throughout the film. This is the first chapter of the suite, which, for those who haven't heard it, is not too dissimilar to the harsh Bandoneon line which follows the piano introduction in "Adios Nonino". I guess it's surprising that such a memorable piece is relatively unknown, but Piazzolla, being such a prolific composer, has seen fit to perform those compositions which were more suitable to his own "band" - being usually a quintet. Obviously, although this suite is one of his best compositions, he didn't find the time to record it again with a full orchestra.
The suite suffers here from both a poor recording, at least by today's western world standards, and a less than able orchestra. However, as this is the only recording of the suite available, we can say it's also the best...
Apart for the suite, this CD also contains other pieces played live by Piazzolla on several occasions. One of the most notable of these being "Chin chin", which is dedicated to the sharks Astor used to fish in the ocean. A brave man indeed!
This is an important CD which is recommended for all lovers of Piazzolla. We can only thank Mr. Gilliam for directing such a good film (although inferior to Marker's original: "La Jetee"), and for deciding to use this less known composition by Piazzolla.

1. Adios Nonino
2. Mumuki
3. Verano Porteno
4. Chin Chin
5. Libertango
6. Suite Punta del Este: Introduccion
7. Suite Punta del Este: Fuga
8. Suite Punta del Este: Coral

Piazzolla (Astor) - bandoneon
Ziegler (Pablo) - piano
Suarez Paz (Fernando) - violin
Lopez Ruiz (Oscar) - guitar
Console (Hector) - bass

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11 November, 2009


Pepper Adams 1983 - Conjuration_Fat Tuesday's Session

Pepper Adams 1983 - Conjuration_Fat Tuesday's Session
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 485MB
Reservoir Music

This 1983 live set, recorded at Fat Tuesday's in New York City finds Pepper Adams leading a quintet with Kenny Wheeler on brass, Hank Jones on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Now that he's recorded with Hank Jones, Adams has gone on record as a leader/co-leader with all three of the Jones brothers - the other two being Thad Jones ("Mean What You Say"), and Elvin Jones ("Encounter").

Track Listing
2.Alone Together
3.Diabolique II
4.Claudette's Way
5.Dylan's Delight
6.Dr. Deep
7.Old Ballad
8.Quittin' Time


Tibetan Buddhism Tantras of Gyuto (1972)

Tibetan Buddhism Tantras of Gyuto (1972)
world | 1cd | eac rip |flac-cue-log | cover | 305MB
Very rare chant of vajra meditation.
Review by Eugene Chadbourne (AMG)
Maybe the music itself just wasn't mysterious enough for the Nonesuch label, so on a subsequent reissue of this title all that was reissued was the title itself, but the recording featured is actually different than the material that was included on this, the original album version. Major recorded documentation took place in Bhutan in both the early '60s and early '70s; when producer David Lewiston actually did his recording of these Gyuto monks is not something the busy producer of world music recordings seems to have wanted to share with his audience, not even as a reward for squinting at the liner notes. The sloppiness of the vinyl pressing did nothing to help this particular series of releases, which were first of all mastered with an extremely wide dynamic range, then pressed on the el cheapo side, because after all, this was a budget label. Thus both a pristine copy and one wedged out from the bottom of the used-record pile will no doubt have a supply of surface noise that will seriously compete with the extended chanting and beautiful held notes of the monks, although nothing -- that is, nothing -- will drown out the clattering handheld cymbals accompanied by brief bass drum thumps. Even in ideal circumstances the volume contrast between the cymbals and the voices will be bothersome to some listeners, although one can't imagine the producer having altered it in any way. These two extended pieces are intense and absorbing, although these collections lack the excitement of the Lyrichord and Baren Reiter series.

1. Sangwa Dupa 41:37
2. Mahakala 18:33

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Gerry Mulligan - What Is There To Say (1959)

Gerry Mulligan - What Is There To Say (1959)
jazz | 1CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover
Columbia/Legacy | RAR +5% recovery | 300MB

Review (AMG):
The last of the pianoless quartet albums that Gerry Mulligan recorded in the 1950s is one of the best, featuring the complementary trumpet of Art Farmer, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Dave Bailey along with the baritonist/leader. This recording is a little skimpy on playing time but makes every moment count. Virtually every selection is memorable, with "What Is There to Say," "Just in Time," "Festive Minor," "My Funny Valentine," and "Utter Chaos" being the high points. Highly recommended both to Mulligan collectors and to jazz listeners who are just discovering the great baritonist.

Track listing
1. "What Is There to Say?" – 4:03
2. "Just in Time" – 4:11
3. "News from Blueport" – 5:03
4. "Festive Minor" – 6:14
5. "As Catch Can" – 3:54
6. "My Funny Valentine" – 4:06
7. "Blueport" – 8:47
8. "Utter Chaos" – 4:23

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10 November, 2009


Bartok 1920-45 - Bartok At The Piano 6cd

Bartok 1920-45 - Bartok At The Piano 6cd
classical | 6CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover 
Hungaroton | RAR +5% recovery | 1600 MB

Bartok Bela play the piano! rec: 1920-45

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Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes (1972)

Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes (1972)
contemporary | 2CD | EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | cover | 420MB
Mantra | rec. 1971 & 72 | RAR +5% recovery

Persian Surgery Dervishes is a minimalist recording of two live solo concerts, the first held in Los Angeles on (18 April 1971) and the second in Paris on (24 May 1972), by avant-garde minimalist composer Terry Riley.
The two very different performances of the same composition "Persian Surgery Dervishes" are meant to show the importance of improvisation in Riley's music. Riley plays a modified Yamaha electric organ tuned in just intonation.
The original double-record version was released by legendary French label Shandar, then republished by Mantra Records, first, and Dunya Records later. There existed also a single-record version, also on Shandar, containing just the Paris concert, which had been sponsored by the label itself.
Parts of this album served as soundtrack for a French film released in 1973, named "La chute d'un corps" and directed by a renowned French columnist, fr:Michel Polac.

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Tabla Beat Science - Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove (2002)

Tabla Beat Science - Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove (2002)
world | 2cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 725MB

What do you get when you mix tablas and turntables? One answer is Tabla Beat Science. This double-CD live effort proves that Indian classical and modern electronic-based music can cohabitate, particularly when the talented likes of tabla great Zakir Hussain and sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan (both exponents of Indian classical music) combine with bassist Bill Laswell, drummer Karsh Kale (both involved in modern world music fusions), and several other guests.
Laswell is an expert at organizing these kinds of musical mash-ups, but he's done something special here: his dubby bass lines sound great next to hyperpercussive tabla beats, and the voices of Khan and rising Ethiopian siren Gigi meld together particularly well on such tracks as "Nafeken" and "Mengedege." The tunes here are more jam-oriented than on the group's studio album Tala Matrix, but this only further illuminates the trancelike quality that brings these different schools together. Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove is a prime example of what can be accomplished with an open mind and formidable musical skills.

01 - Taaruf
02 - Sacred Channel
03 - Nafekeń
04 - Ap Ke Baras
05 - Magnetic Dub
01 - Satellite (Show Me The Worth Of The World)
02 - Tala Matrix
03 - Trajic
04 - Mengedegna
05 - Devotional Dub



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