Jul 05

Jherek Bischoff – Cistern (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 43:51 minutes | 851 MB | Genre: Pop, R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | © The Leaf Label

Jherek Bischoff is a multi-hyphenate musician from the Pacific Northwest currently living in Los Angeles. Equal parts composer, producer, performer & film scoring professional. In his 30 odd years of life, he has played in many bands and musical configurations, mostly of the DIY variety, including Parenthetical Girls, the Degenerate Art Ensemble & The Dead Science. Cistern is an album inspired by time Bischoff spent improvising in an empty, two-million-gallon, underground water tank, with a 45-second reverb decay. The unique acoustics of the space forced Bischoff to slow down and adapt his compositional approach – something which, unexpectedly, brought him back to his childhood, and the slow-pace of life he experienced growing up on a sailboat.

With well over a decade as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, arranger, producer, and songwriter/composer under his belt, Jherek Bischoff follows his acclaimed solo breakthrough, Composed, with Cistern. While Composed featured a number of guests (David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, and Nels Cline among them) and an orchestral sound, it was constructed one instrument at a time by Bischoff. Here, he’s joined by the 21-piece chamber ensemble Contemporaneous. An instrumental album, Cistern was borne out of recording experiments in a two-million-gallon water tank beneath Washington’s Fort Warden, a defender of Puget Sound. Bischoff found that if he snapped his fingers or cleared his throat, the reverberation in the empty tank lasted 45 seconds. That fact inspired the title track and influenced the slowed pace of the rest of the album. Its reflective character also draws on memories of his unconventional childhood aboard a sailboat in the Pacific with his parents. Piano tones, strings, an echoing drum, and tambourine open track one, “Automatism.” An atmospheric slow boil, the piece uses repetition and small changes for impact, but tremolos, percussiveness and, at times, performance muscle, keep it from ever drifting into the background. As the title and backstory suggest, reverb is a major player on the record, though it was recorded in a church rather than the underground tank. “Cistern” features a repeated melodic motif that works its way through a string arrangement that incorporates woodwinds, horns, and shimmering bells. Elsewhere, electronics blend with strings and obscure the tempo on “Cas(s)iopeia,” and dissonance creeps about trudging low strings on “The Wolf.” Even without prior knowledge of the composer’s nomadic youth, Cistern evokes adventure and the forces of nature. Landing closer to film scores and instrumental post-rock than to the quirkier chamber pop of Composed, Cistern doesn’t play out like a sequel, but fans of that album may well find themselves still drawn to the musician’s particular spark.

Tracklist:
01 – Automatism
02 – Closer to Closure
03 – Cas(s)iopeia
04 – Headless
05 – Lemon
06 – Attuna
07 – The Wolf
08 – Cistern
09 – The Sea’s Son

Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Jherek Bischoff.
Recorded by Patrick Higgins at Future-Past Studios, NY, except “4” by Robb Kunz.

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Jul 05

Jim Snidero – MD66 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:52:38 minutes | 598 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Savant

Over the course of the past three decades alto saxophonist and composer Jim Snidero has been constantly pushing himself to explore new territories and expand his outlook. In 1989 (!) his extraordinary album Blue Afternoon made its way into The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums. Later on he made his mark in the sax-with-strings department, not only playing at the top of his game, but also composing and arranging all of the music on the project. Most recently he’s impressed more than a few listeners with a spate of fine albums on Savant. On this his latest release, Snidero tackles open modal forms and uses his unfettered imagination as a portal into free(r) territory, and takes his soloing to the next level by working an inside/outside approach that’s rooted in the structure and style of each song but radical enough to move in wildly unexpected directions. This is a musical promised land where revelations, whether subtle or seismic in nature, are guided by revolution.

Tracklist
01. MD66
02. Recursion
03. Free Beauty
04. Unified
05. Who We’ve Known
06. Un4Scene
07. Blue in Green
08. Purge

Musicians
Jim Snidero – alto saxophone
Alex Sipiagin – trumpet
Andy LaVerne – piano
Ugonna Okegwo – bass
Rudy Royston – drums

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Jul 05

Elgar: Symphony No 2 – Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.01 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Decca

Following his critically-acclaimed Elgar Cello Concerto recording with Alisa Weilerstein, Barenboim turns to the symphonies. The Second Symphony is released first, in a 2013 recording with the Staatskapelle Berlin. The First Symphony will follow in 2015.

“To hear an orchestra with such a distinctive central European sound playing Elgar, and relating his music so securely to the wider late-romantic tradition, is one of the disc’s great pleasures.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian (of the Cello Concerto recording)

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra

Reviews: 

“This is a superb, in fact I feel justified in calling it a great, Elgar Two. It’s difficult to know where to start in listings its excellences…But one must start and finish with Barenboim’s interpretation…this is a marvellously full-blooded reading of the Symphony, full of drama and passion…This must be one of the finest performances currently on offer.”

“The surging, unquenchable energy of this account is obvious from the opening bars, which are borne on an irresistible flood of sound from the Berlin Staatskapelle…Every department of this fabulous orchestra seems to make a telling contribution to this performance at some point or other, and it’s as much a triumph for the Staatskapelle as it is for its conductor”

Tracklist:
1. Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1911; England

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Jul 05

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Big Band Holidays (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:36 minutes | 1,21 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Label: Blue Engine Records

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis holiday album featuring special guests, Cécile Mclorin Salvant, René Marie and Gregory Porter.

Put some swing in your holiday season with Big Band Holidays from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis! The first holiday album ever released by DownBeat Readers Poll’s Best Big Band of 2013 & 2014, Big Band Holidays features original big band arrangements of timeless favorites including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, We Three Kings, and White Christmas. Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO are joined by special guest vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, and René Marie on what’s sure to become a holiday classic.

Tracklist:
01 – Jingle Bells
02 – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (feat. Cécile Mclorin Salvant)
03 – White Christmas
04 – Zat You, Santa Claus? (feat. René Marie)
05 – A Cradle In Bethlehem (feat. Gregory Porter)
06 – We Three Kings
07 – What Child Is This? (feat. Cécile Mclorin Salvant)
08 – Merry Christmas Baby (feat. Gregory Porter)
09 – It’s Easy To Blame The Weather (feat. Cécile Mclorin Salvant)
10 – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (feat. René Marie)
11 – Good Morning Blues (feat. Cécile Mclorin Salvant)
12 – Band Introductions

Sound Engineer: David Robinson. Recording Engineer: James Nichols.
Mixed by: Todd Whitelock. Mastered by: Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, NYC 2015.

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Jul 05

Jane Morgan – In Gold: Today’s Hits… Tomorrow’s Golden Favorites (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 26:24 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Epic/Legacy

Jane Morgan is an American popular music singer. Morgan initially found success in France and the UK before achieving recognition in the United States. She had a quality of voice and style of delivery that was perfectly suited to the “classic pop/great American songbook” type of music.

Tracklist:
01 – A Lover’s Concerto
02 – 1-2-3
03 – Kiss Away
04 – Baby the Rain Must Fall
05 – A Taste of Honey
06 – Queen of the House
07 – Yesterday
08 – Call Me
09 – Summer Wind
10 – What the World Needs Now Is Love

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Jul 05

Jamil Sheriff Trio – Places Like This (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:40 minutes | 615 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Frontcover| © New Jazz Records

Jamil is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception. Carefully developed through-composed elements are interwoven with freer improvisations and swinging solos, showing Sheriff to be an artist with a unique identity. His approach brings together a mixture of influences as he endeavors to find common and genuine ground between a wide ranges of styles. He is a passionate ambassador of creative arts grown in the North of England, and invests much time, as an educator (Head of Jazz at Leeds College of Music) and performer, supporting the development of regional scene.

Tracklist
1. The Contortionist 05:40
2. Blueish 04:52
3. Miss Mae 05:08
4. The New One 08:00
5. Crazy Happy 05:16
6. TP1 07:43
7. Matchstick Man 01:57

Musicians
Jamil Sheriff – piano
Dave Walsh – drums
Pete Turner – bass

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Jul 05

Jeff Bradshaw – Home: One Special Night At The Kimmel Center (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:18:47 minutes | 893 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | Label: Shanachie Entertainment

Acclaimed trombonist Jeff Bradshaw came “home” to The Kimmel Center for a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of great artists from the worlds of R&B, Jazz and Gospel; the resulting concert, presented in all its glory here, delivers electrifying performances by Jeff, Robert Glasper, Marsha Ambrosius, Black Thought of The Roots, Will Downing, Kim Burrell, Bilal, Kenny Lattimore, Tweet, Eric Roberson, Take 6, Najee and Trombone Shorty, all backed by a 20 piece orchestra.

Jeff Bradshaw is an award winning trombone player, recording artist and bandleader who has performed and recorded with Jill Scott, Jay Z, Michael Jackson, The Roots, Marsha Ambrosius and many more. Jeff has been at the center of the Neo soul movement that emerged out of Philadelphia, becoming an important influencer of that eclectic scene. Like recent best sellers by Robert Glasper, his two acclaimed solo albums have delivered a unique fusion of R&B, Jazz and Gospel.

For Home, which is co produced by Robert Glasper, Bradshaw brought together a stellar lineup of great vocalists and musicians backed by a killer 20 piece band at Philadelphia s premiere arts venue, The Kimmel Center, for a once in a lifetime performance recorded in front of a rapturous sold out audience. Highlights include Kim Burrell s stunning 9 minute performance of Love, Marsha Ambrosius emotional rendition of a previously unrecorded original song, and Bilal s intense version of the Enchantment s classic Where Do We Go From Here. The album includes a bonus cut studio version of All Time Love featuring Tweet, Robert Glasper and Eric Roberson.

Tracklist:
01 – Open Your Eyes (Intro)
02 – All Time Love
03 – I Do Sincerely
04 – Love
05 – N.O. Groove
06 – Break You Off
07 – All This Love
08 – Where Do We Go From Here
09 – My Forever
10 – Beyond The Stars
11 – What Must I Do
12 – For Grover
13 – The World Is A Ghetto (Outro)
14 – All Time Love (Studio Version)

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Jul 05

Joe Chambers – Landscapes (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 59:56 minutes | 681 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Savant

Ever since Joe Chambers made his recording debut on Freddie Hubbard’s classic LP, Breaking Point! he’s remained a nearly peerless jazz figure in terms of consummate musicianship. His career throughout the 1960s established Chambers as both a noteworthy hard-bop and avant-garde jazz drummer and as an intriguing composer, particularly through his partnership with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Chambers released his debut LP, The Almoravid in 1974 for Muse Records. After recording several other releases for the Denon, Candid and Blue Note labels, Chambers reconnected with Muse’s Joe Fields in 2005 and released The Outlaw in 2006. Here on his newest disc Chambers reflects all of his well-honed talents as superb multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader.

Joe Chambers has always been one hell of a compelling artist – first famously as a drummer on important 60s modern sessions, but over the years also a tremendous leader, and a multi-instrumentalist whose work in a variety of settings never sounds gimmicky or forced at all! That quality really comes through here – as the record’s only a trio date, with Rick Germanson on piano and Ira Coleman on bass – yet Chambers runs through a huge range of moods on instruments that include drums, congas, bongos, vibes, marimba, and piano – sometimes played with overdubs that allow Joe to expand the sound in especially nice ways on some of the more Latin-styled tracks. Joe plays solo piano on the title “Landscapes”, and other trio tracks include “Samba De Marcatu”, “pas De Trois”, “Ecaroh”, “The Outlaw”, and “Havana”.

Tracklist:
01 – Epistrophy
02 – The Outlaw
03 – Never Let Me Go
04 – Havana
05 – Samba de Maracatu
06 – Pas de Trois
07 – Airegin
08 – Ecaroh
09 – Underground (Railroad) System
10 – Landscapes

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Jul 05

Jon Everist – Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Original Soundtrack (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:32:13 minutes | 654 MB | Genre: Score / Electronic, Ambient
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front Cover

“Good soundtracks aren’t always good indicators of good games, but it’s happily the case with Shadowrun: Hong Kong. The artistry of composer Jon Everist’s work reveals itself in the opening titles, and maintains an atmosphere of subdued mystery through character creation and beyond – spilling over into the first conversations and battles effortlessly and memorably. ” –IGN

Tracklist:

01. Heoi (05:48)
02. Bad Qi (04:34)
03. Deck Con (02:51)
04. Exit Stage Left (04:24)
05. Ghoul Noir (04:12)
06. Grendel (04:31)
07. Hard Landing (02:51)
08. Is0bel (03:12)
09. Kindly (01:57)
10. Plague of Rats (03:29)
11. Prosperity (04:54)
12. Redemption (04:53)
13. SINless from Seattle (02:34)
14. Smash and Grab (03:56)
15. Take Cover (03:11)
16. The Ancient Mirror (03:24)
17. The House of Sparrows (03:13)
18. Welcome to the Grid (03:44)
19. Matrix (Combat) (03:44)
20. The Rat King (03:15)
21. The Walled City (04:11)
22. Whistleblower (02:08)
23. Lightninghoooooold (03:32)
24. Hack Job (01:36)
25. The Plastic Faced Man (01:30)
26. Shangri La (01:48)
27. Reliable Matthew (00:51)
28. Club 88 (02:00)

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Jul 05

Jonas Kaufmann – Dolce Vita (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – :06:57 minutes | 2,17 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital booklet | © Sony Classical

Italy! Like nowhere else on earth – the sunshine and sea salt, the smell of citrus and coffee, a flirtatious glance, an incomparable song drawn deep from the heart. Italy and its immortal music have a magical pull on people like no other culture – and Jonas Kaufmann feels this particularly keenly. The new album Dolce vita is his tribute to this culture, this way of life that has conceived one immortal melody after the other for the tenor voice and influenced him so much. Now Sony Classical is proud to present this special collection of timeless Italian songs – sung by “The world’s greatest tenor” (The Daily Telegraph).

Jonas Kaufmann has had a special bond with Italy since his youth. Growing up in Germany’s most southern city – Munich, locally known as “the most northern city of Italy” – meant that holidays in Italy were just a car ride away for him and his family. Since spending these childhood holidays playing with local bambini, Jonas Kaufmann has absorbed much more than just the Italian language: long familiar with Italy’s ways, its southern temperament, its love of good food, and its fashion and flair, Jonas feels very much at home in this adopted culture. Naturally, much of the magic and authority that Jonas brings to the opera stage stems from his passion and understanding of this Mediterranean land and its music.

But the opera stage is not the only place where the magic of an Italian tenor melody is to be found. Many wondrous songs were written so perfectly for great tenor voices throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, such as Mattinata, which was dedicated to Enrico Caruso; Non ti scordar di me, which was first sung by Beniamino Gigli in the 1935 movie of the same title; and Parlami d’amore, Mariù, written for the future film director Vittorio De Sica to sing in the comedy Gli uomini, che mascalzoni. The passion and beauty of Italian melody can also be heard in such Neapolitan hits as Torna a Surriento, Core ’ngrato and Passione. Even some of today’s pop songs display the unmistakable stamp of italianità, as for example in Un amore così grande, which was first sung and recorded by Mario Del Monaco in 1976, or in Lucio Dalla’s Caruso and Romano Musumarra’s Il canto, written expressly for Luciano Pavarotti.

Now Jonas presents his own personal homage to a culture where the influence and beauty of opera are felt far beyond the walls of the opera houses. Jonas recorded the album in Palermo with conductor Asher Fisch and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, who bring their innate Italian flair to this music.

Tracklist:

01. Caruso
02. Mattinata
03. Parla più piano
04. Passione
05. Un amore così grande
06. Il canto
07. Voglio vivere così
08. Catari’, Catari’ (Core ‘ngrato)
09. Ti voglio tanto bene
10. Non ti scordar di me
11. Fenesta ca’ lucive
12. Musica proibita
13. Parlami d’amore Mariù
14. Torna a Surriento
15. Volare
16. Rondine al nido
17. Con te partirò
18. Il Libro dell’ Amore

Personnel:

Guglielmo Cottrau
Stanislao Gastaldon
Ernesto de Curtis
Salvatore Cardillo
Ernesto De Curtis
Stephin Raymond Merritt
Christopher Alder
Francesco Sartori
Cesare Andrea Bixio
Domenico Modugno
Giovanni D’Anzi
Asher Fisch
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Vincenzo De Crescenzo
Lucio Dalla
Ernesto Tagliaferri
Guido Maria Ferilli
Romano Musumarra
Nino Rota
Nicola Valente
Andreas Tarkmann, Arranger
Philip Siney, Engineer
Ennio Neri, Lyricist
Lucio Quarantotto, Lyricist
Domenico Furnò, Lyricist
Luigi Sica, Lyricist
Franco Migliacci, Lyricist
Giovanni Battista de Curtis, Lyricist
Riccardo Cordiferro, Lyricist
Libero Bovio, Lyricist
Giandomenico Boncompagni, Lyricist
Zucchero, Lyricist
Tito Manlio, Lyricist
Luca Barbarossa, Lyricist
Antonella Maggio, Lyricist
Matthias Spindler, Preparer
Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor

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