May 02

Fabienne Ambuhl Trio – Glitterwoods (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:54:51 minutes | 982 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ Traumton Records

Enrico Rava, the Miles Davis-inspired Italian trumpet star and composer, plays with a pedigree transatlantic band on a 2008 New York set devoted to his mix of smoky love-song melodies and startling eruptions. All the pieces are his, save for two slowly weaving on-the-fly group improvisations. Rava is joined by regular pianist Stefano Bollani, with the American contingent represented by Brad Mehldau bassist Larry Grenadier, percussion magician Paul Motian and the sophisticated 1950s Cool-meets-Coltrane tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Rava and Bollani’s delicate agenda of rich tone-colours, illuminated by lightning-strikes of urgent sound, dominates the music. Though there are sporadic diversions into bebop at an uptempo sprint (Outsider), or a mid-tempo canter with hints of Thelonious Monk and Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan (Thank You Come Again), jazzers shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that a rhythm section this hip means all that much grooving. But Motian’s dazzling drumming always swings. Bollani’s piano lines glisten over his springy left-hand chording, and the two horn players – Turner often murmuring around the lower register, Rava splitting long sounds with taut upper-end ascents – both contrast sharply, and intertwine like intimates.

Tracklist:
1. Glitterwoods Part 1 1:45
2. Glitterwoods Part 2 3:42
3. Glitterwoods Part 3 1:29
4. Hang on 3:58
5. Was 5:43
6. Oasis 5:02
7. Black Horses Suite 5:18
8. No Memories 3:35
9. Paths 3:57
10. Sea Son 6:09
11. Inchworms 6:03
12. While we were gone 5:02
13. Between Your Eyes 3:36

Personnel:
Fabienne Ambühl: piano, vocals
Yuri Goloubev: double bass
Asaf Sirkis : drums, hang

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May 02

Garth Knox – Saltarello (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 60:00 minutes | 598 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © ECM

On this brilliant recording, renowned viola player Garth Knox couples works stretching from the 12th century to present day. The album finds Knox surveying various musical events from the past 1,000 years from the likes of acclaimed composers including Hildegard von Bingen, Vivaldi and Guillaume de Machaut. Knox is joined by frequent collaborators, Agnes Vesterman and Sylvain Lemetre. The gifted musicians create rich dusky tones on this highly invigorating recital.

Saltarello is very much a companion album to Irish violist Garth Knox’s first solo recital for ECM, D’Amore, released in 2008 — a richly diverse collection of works for viola d’amore featuring Contemporary and Baroque repertoire as well as music from folk traditions — periods and styles that are also represented on the new album, as well as Medieval vocal and instrumental pieces. On his first album he was joined by cellist Agnès Vesterman, who returns here, along with percussionist Sylvain Lemêtre. Besides viola d’amore, he plays modern viola and folk fiddle. Knox made the arrangements of the folk material and of the Baroque pieces. For the songs by Purcell and Dowland, one of the folk songs, and the Vivaldi Concerto in D minor, he uses viola d’amore and cello; the instruments sound gorgeous together, and he treats them as equal partners, interweaving the roles of solo and accompaniment. The English lute songs make an especially seamless transition to this instrumentation, and Dowland’s Flow my Tears is wonderfully effective and affecting, a highlight of the album. Kaija Saariaho’s Vent nocturne for viola and electronics, which she wrote for Knox, is a mysterious, subtly shaded evocation of the sounds of the night. Knox’s own Fuga libre for solo viola is a skillful and timbrally colorful virtuoso tour de force. The Medieval dances, arranged for fiddle and percussion, are appropriately rambunctious, and in the other pieces for that combination — folk songs and Hildegard’s hymn, Ave Generosa, paired with Machaut’s chanson Tels rit au matin qui au soir pleure — the percussion is deployed with delicacy and discretion. ECM’s sound is characteristically clear, clean, and immediate.

Tracklist:
01 – Black Brittany
02 – Music for a While
03 – Concerto for viola d’amore in d-minor RV 393: I. Allegro
04 – Concerto for viola d’amore in d-minor RV 394: II. Largo
05 – Concerto for viola d’amore in d-minor RV 395: III. Presto
06 – Fuga libre
07 – Ave, generosa – Tels rit au ma(t)in qui au soir pleure
08 – Vent nocturne: I. Sombres miroirs (Dark Mirrors)
09 – Flow my Tears
10 – Vent nocturne: II. Soupirs de l’obscur (Breaths of the Obscure)
11 – Three Dances: Saltarello I – Ghaetta – Saltarello II
12 – Pipe, Harp and Fiddle

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May 02

Gene Simmons – Kiss: Gene Simmons (1978/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:59 minutes | 1,52 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | © Island Def Jam

Gene Simmons was released in 1978 along with solo albums by the other members of the hard rock band KISS. The album was produced by Gene Simmons and Sean Delaney, and peaked at #22 on the US Billboard albums chart.

Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band’s hardest-rocking compositions; after all, he’s responsible for such heavies as “Watchin’ You,” “Calling Dr. Love,” “Larger Than Life,” and “Goin’ Blind.” So many Kiss fans must have been surprised when they heard Gene’s diverse 1978 solo album, with songs that contained choirs and string arrangements, plus elements of Beatles pop, ’70s funk/disco, and feel-good rock & roll. Granted, there are a few heavy rockers (such as the single “Radioactive,” “Burning Up With Fever,” and “See You in Your Dreams”), but Simmons was always a closet Beatles fan, as evidenced by “See You Tonite,” “Always Near You,” “Man of 1,000 Faces,” and “Mr. Make Believe.” The only real misstep is a preposterously embarrassing cover of the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star” (complete with Disney-esque sound effects/music). But Simmons made sure that the top artists of the day lent a hand (Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Donna Summer, Cher, Bob Seger, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Helen Reddy, and Janis Ian), which makes Gene’s solo album an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release. –AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

Tracklist:
1 Radioactive 03:51
2 Burning Up With Fever 04:22
3 See You Tonite 02:28
4 Tunnel Of Love 03:53
5 True Confessions 03:29
6 Living In Sin 03:51
7 Always Near You / Nowhere To Hide 04:12
8 Man Of 1,000 Faces 03:18
9 Mr. Make Believe 04:02
10 See You In Your Dreams 02:50
11 When You Wish Upon A Star 02:43

Personnel:
Gene Simmons – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, co-producer
Neil Jason – bass guitar
Elliot Randall – guitar
Allan Schwartzberg – drums
Sean Delaney – percussion, backing vocals, co-producer
Ron Frangipane – symphonic arrangements and conductor of Members of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras
Gordon Grody, Diva Gray, Kate Sagal, Franny Eisenberg, Carolyn Ray – backing vocals
Eric Troyer – piano and vocals on “Radioactive” & “Living in Sin”
Steve Lacey – guitar on “Radioactive”
John Shane Howell – classical guitar, segue between “Radioactive” & “Burning Up with Fever”
Richard Gerstein – piano on “True Confessions” & “Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide”
Joe Perry – guitar on “Radioactive” & “Tunnel of Love”
Bob Seger – backing vocals on “Radioactive” & “Living in Sin”
Rick Nielsen – guitar on “See You in Your Dreams”
Helen Reddy – background vocals on “True Confessions”
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – guitar on “Burning Up with Fever”, “See You Tonite”, “Tunnel of Love” & “Mr. Make Believe”
Donna Summer – background vocals on “Burning Up with Fever,” & “Tunnel Of Love”
Janis Ian – backing vocals on the “Prelude to Radioactive”
Cher – spoken word phone call on “Living in Sin”
Mitch Weissman & Joe Pecorino (Beatlemania) – backing vocals on “Mr. Make Believe”, “See You Tonite” & “Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide”
Michael Des Barres – background vocals on “See You in Your Dreams”
Ritchie Ranno – guitar on “Tunnel of Love”
The Citrus College Singers – chorus on “True Confessions” & “Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide”

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May 02

Evelyn Glennie & Jon Hemmersam – Sound Spirits (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 73:27 minutes | 734 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: bowers-wilkins.com

Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance. Evelyn is the leading commissioner of around 170 new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers. As a double Grammy award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. With over 86 international awards to date Evelyn continues to feed the next generation through advice and guidance.

Tracklist:
01 – Andalusian Dream
02 – Sound Spirits, part 1
03 – Sound Spirits, part 2
04 – Heart Cinema
05 – Touch
06 – Water Crystals
07 – Heart to Heart
08 – Roundabout
09 – Bloom, part 1
10 – Bloom, part 2
11 – Glass Mountain

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