Jul 09

Joe Sherman and The Arena Brass – Promise Her Anything (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 23:09 minutes | 912 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front cover | © Epic/Legacy

Joe Sherman & The Arena Brass’ soul-jazz album Promise Her Anything. The album features covers of “Fever”, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”, “Band of Gold” and more.

Tracklist:
01 – Fever
02 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
03 – A String of Pearls
04 – Makin’ Whoopee!
05 – Kiss of Fire
06 – Paradise
07 – Marriage Italian Style
08 – Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
09 – Band of Gold
10 – More

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Jul 09

Kany Garcia – Limonada (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:13 minutes | 409 MB | Genre: Latin Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Sony Music Latin

Limonada is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Kany García. The album was released on May 20, 2016. It debuted at number one on the United States Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, selling over 2,000 copies in its first week.The album subsequently became García’s first number one album.The album remained at the top of the charts for 2 straight weeks.

Kany talks about the album, “Limonada is the most refreshing beverage and this is the most refreshing album that I have made. The album is about having a positive outlook in life, and how you can fight your battles making the best lemonade with the lemons life gives you in this journey.”

Tracklist:
1 Mio 03:01
2 De Verano a Invierno 03:26
3 Perfecto para Mi 02:53
4 El Mejor 03:08
5 Aqui 03:13
6 Peligro de Extincion 02:49
7 Me Pregunto 02:56
8 Como Decirle 04:01
9 Yo Quiero Bailar 02:47
10 Libre 02:38
11 Limonada 03:21

Personnel:
Kany García – Vocals, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (Background)
Rusty Anderson – Guitar
Maricarmen Bou – Vocals (Background)
Norwood Fisher – Bass
Phillip Fisher – Drums
David Kahne – Guitar, Keyboards
Will Lee – Bass
Lionel Maldonado – Vocals (Background)
Josué Ortiz – Vocals (Background)
Shawn Pelton – Drums
Andres Perez – Vocals (Background)
Abel Pintos – Featured Artist
Pablo Preciado – Guitar (Acoustic)
Alejandro Reglero – Vocals (Background)
Cristian F. Rivera – Guitar (Acoustic)
Marcos Sanchez – Keyboards
Tommy Torres – Piano
Jocelyn Trochez – Vocals (Background)

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Jul 09

Ludomir Rozycki – Piano Concertos – Jonathan Plowright, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:08 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: hyperion-records | Digital Booklet | © Hyperion Records

Ludomir Różycki, a composer who remains frustratingly obscure outside of his native Poland. On this exciting disc, pianist Jonathan Plowright is the soloist in Różycki’s three works for piano and orchestra, accompanied by Łukasz Borowicz leading the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. These pieces showcase a composer with an accomplished ear for instrumental color, whose late-nineteenth-century musical language responds to the horrors of two world wars with an irrepressible spirit.

Changes are you haven’t heard of Ludomir Różycki (1883-1953). He is forgotten not because he wrote inferior music, but because of the simple fact that there’s too much repertoire to discover in one’s lifetime, plus concert halls tend to present the same well-known works. For those looking for something new, Różycki offers a fascinating and rewarding world waiting to be discovered. This Polish composer wrote concertos for the super-virtuosos, scattering tunes, harmonies and brilliant orchestrations all over every page.

Jonathan Plowright and Lukasz Borowicz, ably abetted by the BBC Scottish Orchestra and the recording engineers, work the sort of magic associated with Sir Thomas Beecham in making the good second-rate sound first-rate: these are attractive performances of three works which span four decades but which all qualify as late-romantic, even the two concertos dating from the two World Wars. It seems hardly credible that such optimistic music as the second concerto could have been written when Różycki’s native Poland was under Nazi occupation. The second movement of Concerto No 1 is very moreish, as is the whole album.

Those new to this Hyperion’s “Romantic” series will be won over when they hear the formidable Jonathan Plowright tackle these original compositions.

Tracklist:
01 – Ballade in G major, Op. 18 (1904)
02 – Piano concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 43 (1917-18) – I. Andante – Allegro
03 – Piano concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 43 (1917-18) – II. Andante con moto
04 – Piano concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 43 (1917-18) – III. Allegro giocoso
05 – Piano Concerto No. 2 (1941-42) – I. Moderato in tempo
06 – Piano Concerto No. 2 (1941-42) – II. Allegro giocoso

Produced by Jeremy Hayes. Engineered by David Hinitt & Mike Panayiotis.
Recorded in August 2014 at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland.

Jonathan Plowright – piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Łukasz Borowicz.

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Jul 09

Karl Jenkins – Cantata Memoria For The Children (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:55:48 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: prestoclassical.co.uk | © Deutsche Grammophon

Cantata Memoria commemorates through new music the Aberfan tragedy of October 21, 1966, when 116 children and 28 adults tragically lost their lives as a coal tip enveloped Plant Glas school, together with some houses, in Aberfan, South Wales.

This large-scale choral work in English, Welsh and Latin has been commissioned by S4C, the Welsh language TV channel, to mark the 50th anniversary of what has become known to subsequent generations both in the UK and around the world as the Aberfan Disaster.

The work will be premiered with the exact-same cast as on the record at the official Aberfan Charitable Trust Memorial Concert, to be held at the Wales Millennium Centre, on October 8, 2016.

The first half features music by Karl Jenkins and others, and words/poetry read by actress Sian Phillips and actor Michael Sheen, whilst the second half will premiere Cantata Memoria.

Though written to commemorate a specific and profoundly sad event, the emotions and themes housed within this special music can resonate beyond: Loss, then the transition from darkness into light are truly universal occurrences.

Tracklist:

01. Pitran, Patran
02. Then Silence
03. Cortège
04. Lament For The Valley
05. Lacrimosa Lullaby
06. Did I Hear A Bird?
07. Satin Feathers
08. And-A-Half
09. And Once Upon A Time
10. When The Shadow Dies
11. Lux Aeterna

Personnel:

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)
Catrin Finch (harp)
David Childs (euphonium)
Joo Yeon Sir (violin)
Jody Jenkins (percussion)
Sinfonia Cymru
Karl Jenkins (conductor)

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Jul 09

Kenny Clarke – Bohemia After Dark (1955/2012) 
DSD64 2.0 Mono (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:41:58 minutes | 1,65 GB | Genre: Jazz
Source: SHM-SACD Nippon Columbia COGY-1040 | © Savoy Records

An excellent hardbop session from the glory days of the Savoy label – easily one of the label’s key 50s classics! Drummer Kenny Clarke’s at the front of the group – but all players are great, and the set features work by Cannonball Adderley on alto, Jerome Richardson on tenor, Donald Byrd on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, Hank Jones or Horace Silver on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass. The Adderley brothers sound especially great – and the young Cannonball has a quality here that’s more soulful and sharp-edged than his work on Mercury – much more in a Prestige blowing session style! Titles include “Late Entry”, “Chasm”, “Bohemia After Dark”, and “Hear Me Talkin To Ya”.

Along with Max Roach, Kenny Clarke was one of the definitive drummers of jazz’s original bebop movement. By the time of the Bohemia After Dark sessions (in June 1955), Clarke was firmly established as a bandleader. He probably didn’t know it at the time, but he also made jazz history here, as Bohemia marks the recording debut of the soulful Adderley brothers — alto sax heavyweight Cannonball and ace cornetist/composer Nat. The brothers also contributed several tunes as well. This session is earnestly swinging bop with very good early career work from pianist Horace Silver and bassist Paul Chambers. —AllMusic Review by Mark Keresman

Tracklist:
1. Bohemia After Dark 6:06
2. Chasm 4:18
3. Willow Weep For Me 6:18
4. Late Entry 6:56
5. Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya 3:12
6. With Apologies To Oscar 9:06
7. We’ll Be Together Again 5:42

Personnel:
Kenny Clarke, drums
Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, alto sax (#1-5,7)
Nat Adderley, cornet (#1-2,4-7)
Donald Byrd, trumpet (#1-2,4-5)
Jerome Richardson, tenor sax, flute (#1-2,5,7)
Horace Silver, piano (#1-5,7)
Hank Jones, piano (#6)
Paul Chambers, bass

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Jul 09

John Lee Hooker – It Serves You Right To Suffer (1966/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:37 minutes | 642 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Pono Music |  © Impulse! Records/Geffen Records

Anyone hearing this 1966 album for the first time may well be startled at the unfiltered passion and power of John Lee Hooker in his earlier days; a surprise when comparing Hooker’s later recordings with those made in the 1960s. His unmistakable raw voice has fully matured here, but his incantory style of singing appears markedly finer and more flexible. And then there is the perfect gem of a rhythm group whose sinewy sounds fill the grooves with merciless gravitational force: Barry Galbraith on second guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, William Wells on trombone and David “Panama” Francis on drums.

Given Hooker’s unpredictable timing and piss-poor track record recording with bands, this 1965 one-off session for the jazz label Impulse! would be a recipe for disaster. But with Panama Francis on drums, Milt Hinton on bass, and Barry Galbraith on second guitar, the result is some of the best John Lee Hooker material with a band that you’re likely to come across. The other musicians stay in the pocket, never overplaying or trying to get Hooker to make chord changes he has no intention of making. This record should be played for every artist who records with Hooker nowadays, as it’s a textbook example of how exactly to back the old master. The most surreal moment occurs when William Wells blows some totally cool trombone on Hooker’s version of Berry Gordy’s “Money.” If you run across this one in a pile of 500 other John Lee Hooker CDs, grab it; it’s one of the good ones. ~~ AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

Tracklist:
1 Shake It Baby 4:23
2 Country Boy 5:40
3 Bottle Up And Go 2:28
4 You’re Wrong 4:22
5 Sugar Mama 3:16
6 Decoration Day 5:09
7 Money (That’s What I Want) 2:26
8 It Serves You Right To Suffer 5:08

Personnel:
John Lee Hooker – vocals, guitar
Barry Galbraith – guitar
Milt Hinton – bass
Panama Francis – drums
William Wells – trombone on “Money”

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Jul 09

Jerry Bergonzi – Spotlight On Standards (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:03:19 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Savant

There’s an old saying that a great jazz musician never plays a song the same way once. That could certainly be said of Jerry Bergonzi. He is an intellectual artist of uncompromising integrity and a bold, original composer. On Jerry’s new Savant recording he returns to the organ-tenor trio format after a long hiatus from it. From the opening track, Cy Coleman’s “Witchcraft” with its hypnotic organ vamp and “bewitching” chord substitutions Jerry gives to the first 8 bars, you know this isn’t going to be your parents’ organ-tenor gig. Bergonzi and his discmates, Renato Chicco on organ and Andrea Michelutti on drums, take these standards down new harmonic paths and use them as a launching pad for fertile and impressive improvisation. The playing is always intense and distinctive, fresh and spontaneous.

Tracklist
1. Witchcraft
2. Bi-Solar
3. Blue Cube
4. First Lady
5. Gabriella
6. Dancing in the Dark
7. Out of Nowhere
8. Come Rain or Come Shine
9. Stella by Starlight

Musicians
Jerry Bergonzi – tenor sax
Renato Chicco – B-3 organ
Andrea Michelutti – drums

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