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Eric Schaefer with Kazutoki Umezu, Naoko Kikuchi & John Eckhardt – Kyoto Mon Amour (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Eric Schaefer with Kazutoki Umezu, Naoko Kikuchi & John Eckhardt - Kyoto Mon Amour (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Eric Schaefer with Kazutoki Umezu, Naoko Kikuchi & John Eckhardt
Album: Kyoto Mon Amour
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 275 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

From Kyoto with love

Eric Schaefer has been described as the "central shining star of the German jazz scene" by the prestigious weekly Die Zeit, while the Munich broadsheet Sddeutsche Zeitung has referred to the "wide-ranging inspiration that he brings to the jazz world." In "Kyoto Mon Amour" the drummer/composer takes on the challenge of building bridges between Japanese and western music.

"The music, philosophy, religion and culture of Asia have fascinated me for a long time", Schaefer explains. During the past fourteen years he has made three visits to Korea, and stayed in Japan no fewer than six times. "I find myself longing for Asia, it has left its mark on my life." Schaefer practices Zen, that "pathless path" of observing one's own nature in meditation. "Zen-Practice has changed my whole life. The way one handles nature, other people -- and music -- just becomes more discerning and sensitive." The album "Kyoto mon Amour" bears witness to this.

The foundations for this project were laid in 2012 when Schaefer spent three months studying in Japan's old Imperial capital city, Kyoto. He researched Kabuki and N theatre, listened to the ancient Gagaku imperial court music, became familiar with traditional musical instruments such as the shakuhachi (flute), shamisen and biwa (lutes), visited the temples and walked in the surrounding mountains such as Hiei-Zan with its evocative red maple leaves. He made notes of his impressions -- some ideas of sounds and compositional sketches. These experiences were deepened further by meetings, for example with the Shodo (calligraphy) artist Shoshu. His art is a thoroughly appropriate adornment for the album. "That theme just wouldn't leave me alone", reflects Schaefer. All that remained for Schaefer to do was to bring in the right companions.....

The story of how he found them can best be explained in his own words: "When I heard Kazutoki Umezu playing in a radio broadcast, I knew that this was the sound I had been after for "Kyoto mon amour": soft, as flexible as bamboo and yet penetratingly clear. I absolutely wanted Naoko Kikuchi on the album as well, because she has such a deep grounding in the tradition of Japanese koto; she also moved to Germany eight years ago to play European contemporary classical music with Ensemble Modern.

John Eckhardt is also at home in New Music, I already play alongside him in my band The Shredz. Through the earthiness and the variety of tonal colour in his playing, elements from chamber music, Japanese folklore and jazz all coalesce. The exciting thing about this band is the musical openness, and the fascination of how different the other culture is. "

The music of "Kyoto mon Amour" is improvised in both the Japanese and the European way -- and what emerges is something completely new. It is analogous to what happens when everything is pared back to basics in the calligraphy of "Shoshu-san": in the music all the tone-colours and rhythms are subservient to the beauty of the melody. On the 400-year old tune "Rokudan" it is composer Yatsuhashi Kengy whose spirit reigns. The flow of sound from the koto has a clarinet melody as counterpoint. It then gradually and slowly becomes imbued by Schaefer and Eckhardt with more dynamic intensity and swing. One of the pivotal pieces on the album is the slowly evolving "Santoka's Walk" which allows itself to stray off on all sorts of subsidiary paths. It is inspired by an epigram from the Zen monk Santoka Taneda: "On travels touching this and that, recording the minds changing impressions." Schaefer has made this idea into the leitmotif which runs right through the CD. This album bringing together the West and the Far East does not only have reflective and lyrical tracks. On "Ticket To Osaka," for example, Schaefer captures the commotion and bustle of the big city. On "Kansai Two-Face", a nostalgic melody on the koto encounters an urgent and effervescent improvisation from the clarinet which is spurred on by the rhythm players. That very brief moment encompasses the contradictions of present-day Japan, it brings together opulence and simplicity, modernity and tradition in a confined space.

At first sight, the final track, Ravel's "Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant" from "Mother Goose" might seem a surprise, but there is a context: around 1900 the French impressionists in both art and music fell under the spell of "japonisme," and their enthusiasm gave rise to work of enduring quality. Eric Schaefer's quartet has found fascinating ways to carry this lineage forward into our time.

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28Apr/17Off

Trombone Shorty – Parking Lot Symphony (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Trombone Shorty
Album: Parking Lot Symphony
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 309 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Trombone Shortys' Blue Note-debut, Parking Lot Symphony, captures the spirit and the essence of The Big Easy, while redefining its sound. Blazing through 70s Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B, Parking Lot Symphony was produced by Chris Seefried (Andra Day, Fitz and The Tantrums) and features songs co-written by Aloe Blacc, and Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros).

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Ulf Wakenius & Eric Wakenius – Father and Son (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Ulf Wakenius & Eric Wakenius - Father and Son (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Ulf Wakenius & Eric Wakenius
Album: Father and Son
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 269 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

One Father, One Son, Two Guitars

"He plays the guitar like he was born with it already in his hands" was how John McLaughlin once praised Ulf Wakenius. What is true for the father might be even more true for Ulf's guitarist son Eric, who probably was quite literally born with one....

"Eric really is a blessing", says Ulf Wakenius. "We have shared many concerts all over the world and it has always been a pure joy!" So the time is clearly right to document this family saga: "Father And Son" is a virtuoso conversation in the art of contemporary jazz guitar. This duo can launch into swing mode, or strut out towards rock, they are capable of being both lyrical and percussively extrovert, they can dream ballads or go at breakneck speed. And whether they are telling tales of exotic lands or contemplating their native Sweden, the pair --- with their instinct for atmosphere, their sensitivity to acoustics and balance --- make soul-stirring, affecting and compelling music, in which the listener can detect the closeness of their connection to each other.

The musical backgrounds of father and son are very different. Ulf Wakenius had ten years as a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet and also worked with the two legends of the bass, Ray Brown and Niels-Henning rsted Pedersen. He is known for his collaborations with great jazz figures such as Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Michel Legrand, and of course for his work with the singer Youn Sun Nah. He is not just one of the most busy and in-demand players, but also the most creative jazz guitarists of our era. His son Eric, by contrast was born in 1988 and surrounded as a teenager by the rock and pop music of the nineties. After that, he spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, where he picked up many different stylistic directions from that city's musical melting pot. "He has played a lot of electric guitar", explains Wakenius, "but --- like me --- he has fallen in love with the acoustic guitar and its many possibilities."

The two guitarists take the opportunity on "Father And Son" to explore and to exploit these multiple possibilities to the full: "Irish Vagabond" combines full-on Irish folk music with Arabic elements. "Mistral" is rhythmically punchy, almost like a rock tune, and also has echoes of Al Di Meola. In this tune Ulf Wakenius recounts an experience he had while on tour with Youn Sun Nah. At the Avignon Festival, a powerful wind from the South "almost blew me off the stage, so I decided to write a song about it." Their "Eleanor Rigby" is captivating; as they honour the Beatles, they achieve a sonority remarkably close to a string quartet. "Paco's Delight" pays tribute to the unforgettable Paco de Luca, but their Spanish flamenco technique is also imbued with the buoyancy and verve of Django Reinhardt's Hot Club swing. With their arrangement of the jazz-fusion classic "Birdland", Ulf and Eric Wakenius remember another of the pantheon of musical immortals, Joe Zawinul. And finally, Eric Wakenius takes the listener by surprise as a highly persuasive singer in the album's title track by Cat Stevens, which deals with a tricky father-son relationship. "Eric and I are luckier - we don't have those problems," says Ulf Wakenius. The song also justifies its place in the selection because Cat Stevens has a Swedish mother and a close connection to Sweden.

Since this album is a family matter, it feels natural for both men to show their affection for their native country. They do that in a respectful, Nordic and melancholy way in "Meine schne Heimat / Vem kan segla frutan vind", but they also remember the most significant Swedish jazz musician of recent times, Esbjrn Svensson who died so tragically early. Ulf Wakenius was the first musician to do a tribute album ("Love is Real") in 2008, while the pianistic genius Svensson was still alive. That was an album full of surprise; the ways Wakenius found to bring the e.s.t. compositions so convincingly into the sphere of the guitar were astonishing. The medley of "Dodge The Dodo" and "When God Created The Coffee Break" which Eric and Ulf play as a duet here is stupendous. And it all sounds far easier than it is. As Wakenius has remarked: "to master an acoustic guitar is really to tame a beast, but if you succeed, the rewards are tremendous!" In "Father And Son", the listener can now also reap those remarkably rich rewards.

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28Apr/17Off

Diana Krall-All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio)-PROPER-CD-FLAC-1996-SPUN

Diana Krall-All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio)-PROPER-CD-FLAC-1996-SPUN Download

Diana Krall-All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio)-PROPER-CD-FLAC-1996-SPUN

Release Name: Diana_Krall-All_For_You_(A_Dedication_To_The_Nat_King_Cole_Trio)-PROPER-CD-FLAC-1996-SPUN
Artist: Diana Krall
Album: All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio)
Genre: Jazz
Year: 1996
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:59:11
Size: 259.3 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Diana Krall - I'm An Errand Girl For Rhythm - 2:56 (669 kbps , 14.05 MB)
  2. Diana Krall - Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You - 4:07 (601 kbps , 17.72 MB)
  3. Diana Krall - You Call It Madness - 4:37 (590 kbps , 19.5 MB)
  4. Diana Krall - Frim Fram Sauce - 5:01 (645 kbps , 23.13 MB)
  5. Diana Krall - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - 6:27 (592 kbps , 27.33 MB)
  6. Diana Krall - Baby Baby All The Time - 3:36 (612 kbps , 15.76 MB)
  7. Diana Krall - Hit That Jive Jack - 4:17 (735 kbps , 22.48 MB)
  8. Diana Krall - You're Looking At Me - 5:33 (583 kbps , 23.16 MB)
  9. Diana Krall - I'm Thru With Love - 4:26 (551 kbps , 17.46 MB)
  10. Diana Krall - Deed I Do - 3:32 (605 kbps , 15.26 MB)
  11. Diana Krall - A Blossom Fell - 5:13 (571 kbps , 21.3 MB)
  12. Diana Krall - If I Had You - 4:57 (621 kbps , 21.99 MB)
  13. Diana Krall - When I Grow Too Old To Dream - 4:35 (615 kbps , 20.16 MB)

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27Apr/17Off

Kenny Burrell with Coleman Hawkins – Bluesy Burrell (1963/2014) [Jazz, HDTracks, FLAC 44.1kHz/24bit]

Artist: Kenny Burrell with Coleman Hawkins
Title: Bluesy Burrell
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1963/2014
Label: Prestige Records
Duration: 1963/2014
Quality: FLAC 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

Kenny Burrell performs with Coleman Hawkins and his rhythm section. Burrell is in optimum form on all the numbers and in their varied expressions. The leading neo-bop guitarist, he is capable of a far reaching range of expression. His chords can be as lush as, say Johnny Smith's can, but his lines are always rhythmically spirited by a very powerful jazz energy and blues-in-formed charge that I think no contemporary guitarist can equal.

"... (Hawkins) clearly enjoys playing with Burrell, as much as you'll enjoy playing the record.""
---All About Jazz

Features the BONUS TRACK "I Never Knew."

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Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue (1963/2012) [Jazz, HDTracks, FLAC 96kHz/24bit]

Artist: Kenny Burrell
Title: Midnight Blue
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1963/2012
Label: Blue Note Records
Duration: 35:38
Quality: FLAC 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4123 (mono) and BST 84123 (stereo)

"In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you've set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder's studio!" -- Blue Note President, Don Was.

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Kenny Burrell – God Bless The Child (1971/2013) [Jazz, e-Onkyo, FLAC 192kHz/24bit]

Artist: Kenny Burrell
Title: God Bless The Child
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1971/2013
Label: CTI
Duration: 37:51
Quality: FLAC 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo

Kenny Burrell's guitaristry is well-documented in his years with Oscar Peterson and on his first dates as a leader on the Blue Note label, but God Bless the Child, his only date for CTI in 1971, is an under-heard masterpiece in his catalog. Burrell's band for the set includes bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Ray Barretto, Richard Wyands on piano, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and drummer Billy Cobham. CTI's house arranger, Don Sebesky, assembled and conducted the strings in a manner that stands strangely and beautifully apart from his other work on the label. Sebesky understood Burrell's understated approach to playing guitar. Burrell didn't belong with the fusioneers, but he could groove better than any of them. Sebesky built a moody, atmospheric soundscape behind him, one that was as impressionistic as it was illuminating of a player who could dig in and chop it up --- as he does on his own composition "Love Is the Answer" and "Do What You Gotta Do" --- and stroke it smooth and mellow as on the title track, the truly sublime "Be Yourself," and Thad Jones' "A Child Is Born." The Legacy CD remaster also includes the only three outtakes from the session, an alternate of the Jones tune, and two brief but gorgeous solos on "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and on Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars." This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent.

27Apr/17Off

Kari Bremnes – Og sa kom resten av livet (2012) [Jazz, Gubemusic, FLAC 96kHz/24bit]

Artist: Kari Bremnes
Title: Og sa kom resten av livet
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2012
Label:
Duration: 44:19
Quality: FLAC 96kHz/24bit
Source: Gubemusic

The Golden voice of Norway:
Norwegian born singer and songwriter Kari Bremnes was born in 1956 in Lofoten. Her career as a performer was delayed by her desire to finish university (she earned a Master's Degree) and a short stint as a journalist. Eventually, the call of the stage won out, and in 1987 she released her first album, Mitt Ville Hjerte. From there, Bremnes went on to release more than ten full-lengths over the next 20 years, as well as a number of successful --- in Norway and in other European nations --- singles.

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Kandace Springs – Soul Eyes (2016) [Jazz, Pono, FLAC 96kHz/24bit]

Artist: Kandace Springs
Title: Soul Eyes
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2016
Label: Blue Note Records
Duration: 42:50
Quality: FLAC 96kHz/24bit
Source: Pono

Singer-pianist Kandace Springs debut Soul Eyes was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock). It s an album of soul & pop that channels her jazz influences (Norah Jones, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone) & her Nashville upbringing. Guests include trumpeter Terence Blanchard & guitarist-songwriter Jesse Harris. Her EP landed her on Letterman, Kimmel, Fallon, Bonnaroo & made fans like Prince. She supported Gregory Porter on his massive UK tour.

24Apr/17Off

Jean-Christophe Cholet & Matthieu Michel – Whispers (2016) [Jazz, HighResAudio, FLAC 88.2kHz/24bit]

Artist: Jean-Christophe Cholet & Matthieu Michel
Title: Whispers
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2016
Label: La Buissonne
Duration: 52:01
Quality: FLAC 88.2kHz/24bit
Source: HighResAudio

At the intersection of classical music and jazz, the French composer and pianist Jean-Christophe Cholet is a master in making small intense parts, without artifice. Whispers on it revives Matthieu Michel, his partner of 20 years, to put together the foundations of a hushed but profound dialogue as a long continuous breath.

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