Jun 05

Niccolo Paganini – 24 Caprices, Op.1 – Itzhak Perlman (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:12:24 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | ©  Warner Classics
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, 10 January 1972; Brent Town Hall, London, 11 & 12 January 1972

Along with Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, Paganini’s Caprices represent the ultimate solo challenge to any violinist. Itzhak Perlman is one of those who has taken on both, beginning with the Paganini, very early on in his recording career. In 1965 he set down three of the Caprices for RCA, but it was in January 1972 that he cemented his place in this tradition with a complete set that would make recording history. By strange coincidence, that same year saw the death of his illustrious predecessor Michael Rabin, whose own complete Paganini, made in 1958 for Capitol, was a permanent source of inspiration for the young Perlman. The miracle achieved by the Caprices is that rather than being banal studies in virtuosity, they are a series of genuine masterpieces – a distillation of the composer’s prodigious technical abilities and an endless source of melodic invention. Caprice No.24 is the perfect illustration, its themes having inspired so many other composers: Brahms (the Variations, Op.35), Rachmaninov (the Rhapsody, Op.43), Liszt, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Rochberg, Schnittke and David Baker, among others. Rarely in the history of music has a so-called “minor” composer had such a significant influence on so many of his major colleagues. Mastering the Caprices is a little like climbing Everest. Yet it requires more than technical mastery — a sense of theatricality and imagination is just as necessary when it comes to doing full justice to the melodic invention and fantastical spirit of the writing. The challenges are never-ending — the range of timbres, complex bowing techniques and the need for clear articulation and a purity of intonation and projection. As for risk-taking, it’s the only way to get under the skin of the Caprices’ creator. Perlman’s performance is astonishing for its apparent effortlessness, revealing the charismatic and assured style for which he was to become known. His innate feeling for song and a zest for fun do the rest, giving his interpretation an irresistible charm undimmed by the passing years. –Jean-Michel Molkhou

Tracklist:
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
24 Caprices, Op.1
1 No.1 in E major: Andante 1.40
2 No.2 in B minor: Moderato 2.44
3 No.3 in E minor: Sostenuto — Presto — Sostenuto 2.55
4 No.4 in C minor: Maestoso 6.24
5 No.5 in A minor: Agitato 2.28
6 No.6 in G minor: Lento 3.27
7 No.7 in A minor: Posato 3.53
8 No.8 in E flat major: Maestoso 2.39
9 No.9 in E major: Allegretto 2.32
10 No.10 in G minor: Vivace 2.24
11 No.11 in C major: Andante — Presto — Andante 3.27
12 No.12 in A flat major: Allegro 2.49
13 No.13 in B flat major: Allegro 2.33
14 No.14 in E flat major: Moderato 2.02
15 No.15 in E minor: Posato 2.31
16 No.16 in G minor: Presto 1.26
17 No.17 in E flat major: Sostenuto — Andante 3.10
18 No.18 in C major: Corrente — Allegro 2.25
19 No.19 in E flat major: Lento — Allegro assai 2.47
20 No.20 in D major: Allegretto 3.39
21 No.21 in A major: Amoroso — Presto 2.54
22 No.22 in F major: Marcato 2.29
23 No.23 in E flat major: Posato 4.43
24 No.24 in A minor: Tema con variazioni (quasi presto) 4.28

Personnel:
Itzhak Perlman, violin

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Jun 05

Paganini – Violin Concerto No.1; Sarasate – Carmen Fantasy – Itzhak Perlman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster (2015) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:46:05 minutes | 913 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | ©  Warner Classics
Recorded: Kingsway Hall, London, 9 & 10 August 1971

This flamboyant disc marked the beginning of what was to be a thirty-year partnership between Itzhak Perlman and EMI. The company’s decision to present their new signing as a virtuoso paid off, for the twenty-six-year-old violinist immediately stunned the music world with these exceptionally assured and accomplished performances. Perlman’s recording career had begun back in 1964 with a version of the Tchaikovsky Concerto conducted by Alfred Wallenstein. He had then signed a contract with RCA that gave him the opportunity not only to make a second recording of that particular warhorse, but also to display his full range in the Sibelius Concerto, Prokofiev’s No.2, Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, and a number of chamber works (the sonatas by Prokofiev and Franck, Brahms’s Horn Trio).

In committing Paganini’s First Concerto to disc, Perlman was following in the footsteps of the finest virtuosos of the preceding generation, notably Leonid Kogan and Michael Rabin, whose unforgettable recordings many believed would never be surpassed. Such gainsayers had not, however, taken into account the incredible potential of the young Perlman, who proved to possess not only a stunning natural talent and innate sense of bel canto, but also a sense of humour and an instinct for the theatrical, qualities that were to bring an entirely new and lighthearted touch to the work. In his performance of this bravura concerto, which includes Émile Sauret’s famous cadenza, Perlman displayed the boundless technical abilities that he would reaffirm in his subsequent recordings. Coupling the Paganini with Sarasate’s spectacular Carmen Fantasy — the young Perlman’s astonishing rendition of which remains a benchmark today — simply added to the dramatic impact of this first album. EMI’s gamble paid off: this first album raised him instantly to the top rank of violinists, not only of his generation, but of all time. –Jean-Michel Molkhou

Tracklist:
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.6
1 I Allegro maestoso 19.26
Cadenza: Sauret (abbreviated)
2 II Adagio espressivo 5.10
3 III Rondo: Allegro spiritoso 9.43
Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908)
4 Carmen Fantasy, Op.25 11.44

Personnel:
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Foster, conductor

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Jun 05

Oliver Nelson Sextet – Screamin’ The Blues (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1960/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:54 minutes | 498 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: May 17, 1960 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Posterity remembers Oliver Nelson (1932-1975) primarily as an arranger/conductor. When he first began to attract attention with a series of albums for Prestige and its subsidiaries, however, Nelson was hailed as a versatile leader of small groups and a composer/instrumentalist who could refresh the music’s traditional verities while also looking ahead. There is no better showcase for these skills among his initial sessions than Screamin’ the Blues, a rousing set of funky modernism interpreted by a sextet of players who shared Nelson’s allegiance to both virtuosity and vision. The pairing of saxophonist Eric Dolphy with Nelson was particularly inspired as both men were adept on more than one instrument, and allowed this sextet to create an uncommon diversity of colors. Nelson and Dolphy would reunite a year later on both the classic Blues and the Abstract Truth and (with the band heard here minus trumpeter Richard Williams) on the looser yet intense Straight Ahead.

Tracklist:
1. Screamin’ The Blues 11:00
2. March On, March On 04:59
3. The Drive 05:49
4. The Meetin’ 06:43
5. Three Seconds 06:25
6. Alto-Itis 04:58

Personnel:
Oliver Nelson, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Eric Dolphy, bass clarinet, alto saxophone
Richard Williams, trumpet
Richard Wyands, piano
George Duvivier, upright bass
Roy Haynes, drums

Produced by Esmond Edwards
Rudy Van Gelder, engineer

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Jun 05

Omer Avital – Abutbul Music (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:27:19 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Digital Booklet | © Jazz Village
Recorded: Midilive Studios, Villetaneuse, France, on November 8th and 9th, 2015.

Born in Israel to a Moroccan father and a Yemenite mother, now living in the U.S., the bassist, composer, bandleader, Omer Avital, is a major force in the New York music scene for over twenty years. Avital’s genre-defying ensembles are pushing the boundaries of jazz expression with swing and spiritual sustenance in equal measure. On this new album, recorded in Paris, Avital delivers a strong statement, with a powerful sound, joyful rhythms and oriental melodies that draw on gospel and soul. Avital is continually evolving contemporary jazz, rightly being called one of the most unique musicians of his generation.

Thank you to Yonathan Avishai, Asaf Yuria, Alexander Levin and Ofri Nehemya for their beautiful and soulful playing on this album! Thank you to Daniel Freedman, Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Johnathan Blake and Ali Jackson for their musical contributions to this music, to Pini Shavit, Frédéric Gluzman and Pascal Bussy for contributing to the making of this album, and to my beloved wife and son – Liat and Zohar Avital.
Muhammad’s Market is written for and dedicated to my great friend and master jazz musician, Ali Muhammad Jackson Jr. Ramat Gan is dedicated to my beloved mother, Dalia (Meoded) Avital, who was born and raised in the city of Ramat Gan, Israel. New Yemenite Song is dedicated to my beloved father-in-law, Yechiel Yeminy, with whom I share the love and admiration for our traditional Yemenite music. –Omer Avital

Tracklist:
1. Muhammad’s Market 07:00
2. Three Four 08:35
3. Afrik 08:21
4. New Yemenite Song 10:23
5. Bed-Stuy 07:38
6. Bass Hijaz (intro to Ramat Gan) 04:32
7. Ramat gan 07:45
8. Ayalat Hen 08:55
9. Eser (Middle Eastern Funk) 06:58
10. Zohar Smiles 05:19
11. Dr. Yon 05:16
12. Me and You Tonight 06:36

Personnel:
Omer Avital, double bass
Yonathan Avishai, piano
Asaf Yuria, tenor and soprano saxophones
Alexander Levin, tenor saxophone
Ofri Nehemya, drums

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Jun 05

Pearl Jam – 2016-04-13 – Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:44:04 minutes | 3,39 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: livedownloads.com | © Pearl Jam/Monkeywrench
Recorded live 2016/04/13, Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL

The Pearl Jam 2016 North America Tour is an current concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam. The tour is scheduled to consist of twenty-five shows in the United States and Canada, including appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Bonnaroo Music Festival. This is the first tour following the Latin American Tour that finished in 2015. The first leg of the tour started on April 8 in Sunrise, Florida and is scheduled to finish on May 12 in Toronto. The band are then scheduled to play at the Bonnaroo Festival in June, before playing two shows at Fenway Park, Boston and two shows at Wrigley Field, Chicago in August.
Additional festival appearances at the Ride Festival and the Pemberton Music Festival in July were announced after the arena dates had been published. Rolling Stone listed the tour as one of the 20 hottest tours of 2016.

Tracklist:

Set 1
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Mind Your Manners
Hail Hail
Last Exit
Lightning Bolt
Nothingman
Army Reserve
Given to Fly
Rival
Setting Forth
Corduroy
Even Flow
Of the Earth
Glorified G
Unthought Known
Let the Records Play
Spin the Black Circle
Porch

Encore:
I Won’t Back Down
I Am a Patriot
Just Breathe
Jeremy
Ghost
Do the Evolution
Better Man
Encore 2:
Smile
Once
Black
State of Love and Trust
Alive
Rockin’ in the Free World
Yellow Ledbetter

Personnel:
Jeff Ament – bass guitar
Stone Gossard – rhythm guitar
Mike McCready – lead guitar
Eddie Vedder – lead vocals, guitar
Matt Cameron – drums
Additional:
Boom Gaspar – Hammond B3 and keyboards

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Jun 05

レーベル Sony Music Labels Inc.
配信開始日 2017.02.22
収録曲数 全11曲
販売データ ハイレゾ|FLAC|96.0kHz/24bit

http://mora.jp/package/43000001/4547366299281/

miwa待望の5thアルバム!
NHK紅白歌合戦も4回目の出演を果たし、いまや若手女性シンガーソングライターの代表格となったmiwaの通算5枚目となるフルアルバム。最新曲「結 -ゆい-」(NHK全国合唱コンクール課題曲)はじめ、坂口健太郎とのW主演が話題の映画「君と100回目の恋」の主題歌オリジナルバージョン、andropがレコーディングに参加した劇中歌「アイオクリ」のアルバムバージョン、また配信で大ヒットを記録した「夜空。feat.ハジ→」、ドラマ主題歌「あなたがここにいて抱きしめることができるなら」他新たな境地を開拓したバラエティに飛んだ楽曲を収録。

収録曲

1 – SPLASH – 05:23
2 – 結 -ゆい- – 04:39
3 – Princess – 04:56
4 – 夜空。feat.ハジ→ – 05:11
5 – 君と100回目の恋 – 04:39
6 – アイオクリ – 04:02
7 – シャンランラン – 04:02
8 – ATTENTION – 03:04
9 – 変わらぬ想い with Scott & Rivers – 04:25
10 – 泣恋 – 04:33
11 – あなたがここにいて抱きしめることができるなら – 05:38

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Jun 05

Okinero – Charity Cafe (2005/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:55:40 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © Alfa Music

イタリアのTV番組の音楽を数多く手掛け、弦楽器とのグループやアコーディオンとのデュオ等のプロジェクトでも精力的に活動しているクラリネット奏者マリオ・ディ・マルコと、ギタリストのジャンカルロ・エヴァンゲリスティの2人が中心となって結成されたグループの’05年に発表されたアルバム。クラリネット、ギター、フルート、ベース、ドラムの5人組の編成となっている。
プログレッシブで緊張感溢れるナンバー等テクニカルな要素も多く含むが、全体的には地中海を思わせるようなカラッとした陽気なトーンが全体を包み込んでいる。その中でもクラリネットの澄みつつも激しさも垣間みれる感情的で印象的なトーンが非常に素晴らしく、耳に突き刺さってくる。他のメンバーも全体のサウンドを支えつつも時折見せるインタープレイでは味わい深いプレイをたっぷりと見せてくれる。メンバー全員が友人ということもあってかアンサンブルも鉄壁で、非常に高度なテンポチェンジを見せたり、アイデアの応酬が楽しい展開の多さなど、バンド全体のサウンドもかなりの引き出しの多さを見せてくれ、実に聴いていて飽きのこない音世界が繰り広げられている。鉄壁のアンサンブルと陽気な空気感のサウンドが楽しめる、聴きごたえたっぷりの力作!

Tracklist:
1. Dodecafunk: 8:07
– Diagonale quattro
– Dodecafunk
– Data morbida
– Stop Benny
2. Com-pat 3:09
3. Tre Quarti Latino: 8:19
– Tre quarti latino
– Session Wood
– Idea di Velluto
4. Straniera 5:36
5. Per Silvia 3:42
6. Beat-rice 2:52
7. Latin Nature 4:06
8. Ocho Rios 3:51
9. I’m Calling You 3:30
10. Interferenze: 12:31
– Charity Samba
– Marco’s time
– Strablues
– Sette quarti
– Gae in latin

Personnel:
Mario Di Marco, clarinet
Giancarlo Evangelisti, guitar
Giulio Ceccacci, bass
Carmine Chiappettam drums
Francesco Leonardi, flute (#1,3,5)

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Jun 05

Rob Thomas – …Something To Be (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 50:03 minutes | 644 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | © Atlantic Records

…Something to Be is the debut solo album from the Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. The album was released on April 5, 2005, and it debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, knocking out Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi. This marked the first time that a male artist from a rock or pop group has debuted at number one with his first solo album since Billboard introduced the chart 50 years ago.

Since Matchbox Twenty is a faceless group, recognizable for its hits rather than its image, it’s easy to assume that the band is nothing more than a solo project in disguise for its frontman, lead singer and chief songwriter Rob Thomas (who should not be confused with Rob Thomas, the creator of UPN’s 2005 cult TV series Veronica Mars). Not only is he prominent in the band’s videos and press, but he scored the biggest hit of his career with “Smooth,” a song he penned and sung for Santana’s 1999 comeback, Supernatural. Even though Matchbox Twenty’s 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, was a big hit and spawned four radio hits, “Smooth” was bigger than any of them, making Thomas famous, if not exactly a star. Instead of striking out for a solo career in 2000, he returned to his band, releasing Mad Season that year and More Than You Think You Are two years later. While both records had different moods — the former was polished and radio-ready, the latter hit a little harder — both found Thomas working as part of a unit, not as a flashy frontman. This may have illustrated how Matchbox Twenty worked as a band; in particular, More Than You Think You Are sounded like the work of a driven, cohesive unit, even the songs weren’t quite up to snuff — but they also had to sound a little workmanlike, and certainly not the product of the savvy cross-cultural crossover creator of “Smooth.” Given the relatively lackluster reception of More Than You Think You Are, the timing was right for Thomas to launch his official solo career in the spring of 2005. It was time to give his music a new coat of paint, similar to how “Smooth” spun his career in a different direction, and that’s exactly what his solo debut, Something to Be, is: a slick new variation on Thomas’ signature sound.
With its anthemic choruses and achingly sincere sentiments, Something to Be is clearly the work of the lead singer/songwriter of Matchbox Twenty, yet it lacks the lean rock-oriented sound of the group’s albums, even if it is helmed by Matt Serletic, who has produced all three of the band’s records. Serletic and Thomas have made a conscious attempt to have this solo album feel lighter, brighter, and a little hipper than Matchbox Twenty’s music, adding slight drum loops and electronic elements to the rhythms while taking Thomas away from strictly guitar-based arrangements. Heavy on keyboards, elastic guitars, horns, insistent rhythms, and even the occasional gospel-inspired backing chorus or worldbeat inflection, this is a far splashier affair than the average Matchbox Twenty album, and that alone would make Something to Be a noteworthy solo record, since it is indeed a different beast than Thomas’ regular gig, but the fresher sound is married to a strong set of songs that play to his strengths as a craftsman of big, anthemic post-alternative mainstream rock. This isn’t edgy work by any means — and for as hooky and chorus-driven as it is, it’s music that becomes memorable through repeated plays, never quite catching hold upon the first listen — but it’s more colorful and well-constructed than a lot of contemporary mainstream rock in the mid-2000s, and it’s arguably more appealing than Matchbox Twenty’s earnest guitar rock, which can occasionally seem rather drab. With Something to Be, Thomas delivers an album that is at once familiar and fresh. It may not be something to win over the doubters, but it’s enough to give him a promising new beginning to the second decade of his recording career, not unlike how “Smooth” helped propel him through the post-grunge fallout of the new millennium. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1 This Is How A Heart Breaks 3:51
2 Lonely No More 3:46
3 Ever The Same 4:17
4 I Am An Illusion 4:51
5 When The Heartache Ends 2:52
6 Something To Be 4:30
7 All That I Am 4:29
8 Problem Girl 3:56
9 Fallin’ To Pieces 4:12
10 My, My, My 4:18
11 Streetcorner Symphony 4:08
12 Now Comes The Night 4:55

Personnel:
Rob Thomas – piano, lead vocals
Mike Campbell – guitar, soloist
Kyle Cook, Kevin Kadish, John Mayer, Rick Marty, Wendy Melvoin, Heitor Teixeira Pereora, Jeff Trott – guitar
Jill Dell’Abate – horn contractor
Mike Elizondo – bass guitar
Brandon Fields – saxophone
Gordon Gottlieb, Jonathon Haas, Joe Passaro, Eric Poland, Benjamin Herman – bells, marimba
Gary Grant – trumpet
Jerry Hey – trumpet, horn arrangements
Gerald Hayward – drums
Hasan Isakkut – kanun
Frank London – shofar
John O’Brien – programming
Robert Randolph – lap steel guitar
Matt Serletic – keyboards, background vocals
Shari Sutcliffe – horn contractor
Dan Tyminski, Cassidy, Greater Anointing, Pat Enright, Anika Ellis, Harley Allen, Matt Beck – background vocals
Dan Willis – dudok
Reginald Young – trombone

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Jun 05

Pearl Jam – 2016-04-18 – Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:07:53 minutes | 3,9 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: livedownloads.com | © Pearl Jam/Monkeywrench
Recorded live 2016/04/18 – Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

The Pearl Jam 2016 North America Tour is an current concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam. The tour is scheduled to consist of twenty-five shows in the United States and Canada, including appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Bonnaroo Music Festival. This is the first tour following the Latin American Tour that finished in 2015. The first leg of the tour started on April 8 in Sunrise, Florida and is scheduled to finish on May 12 in Toronto. The band are then scheduled to play at the Bonnaroo Festival in June, before playing two shows at Fenway Park, Boston and two shows at Wrigley Field, Chicago in August.
Additional festival appearances at the Ride Festival and the Pemberton Music Festival in July were announced after the arena dates had been published. Rolling Stone listed the tour as one of the 20 hottest tours of 2016.

Tracklist:

Set 1
Why Go
Mind Your Manners
Corduroy
Brain Of J.
Faithfull
I Am Mine
Jeremy
Setting Forth
Not For You
Even Flow
Daughter
Long Road
Wishlist
Sirens
Habit
Given To Fly
Lukin
Rearviewmirror

Encore:
I Am A Patriot
Sleeping By Myself
Come Back
Sad
Lightning Bolt
In My Tree
Breath
Do The Evolution
Porch

Encore 2:
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Inside Job
Black
Alive
Rockin’ In The Free World
Indifference

Personnel:
Jeff Ament – bass guitar
Stone Gossard – rhythm guitar
Mike McCready – lead guitar
Eddie Vedder – lead vocals, guitar
Matt Cameron – drums
Additional:
Boom Gaspar – Hammond B3 and keyboards

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