Mar 22

The Swallow Quintet – Into The Woodwork (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 56:19 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © XtraWATT

Praising a previous incarnation of Steve Swallow’s quintet, The Times described the band “as near a perfect display of small-group jazz – robust yet exquisitely poised”. The description holds true for the latest edition of the bassist’s quintet and its album Into the Woodwork. Swallow leads the group – including his longtime partner in music and life, Carla Bley, on organ – in multi-hued performances of a dozen original compositions from his pen. Recorded in the south of France, the album accommodates atmospheric grace and loping grooves, wry humour and understated virtuosity.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Steve Swallow has consistently redefined the electric bass as a jazz instrument. More importantly, he has taken any and every opportunity along the way to deepen his craft as a composer. His self-discipline in this regard has made every album seem at once a culmination and a stepping stone into greater futures. Into The Woodwork is no exception.

For this latest incarnation of his quintet, Swallow has chosen a lineup worthy of the subtlety on which these 12 original tunes nourish themselves. The tenor of reedman Chris Cheek, who made a noticeable ECM appearance as part of the Paul Motian Band on Garden of Eden, brings the smoke before the fire in “From Whom It May Concern,” a ballad that tilts its own thematic mirror toward artful reflection. Cheek also plays beautifully in “Unnatural Causes,” from the paint-by-number simplicity of which he unpacks the robustness of an unexpected spectrum. This tune is further notable for the contributions of guitarist and fellow Motian associate Steve Cardenas, whose unforced geometries settle us into the album’s intimacies by way of “Sad Old Candle.” Cardenas, in fact, proves to be the quintet’s greatest converser, whether exchanging remarkable banter with Cheek (“The Butler Did It”) or playing in duet with Swallow (“Suitable For Framing”). His lyricism pairs well, too, with the organ of Carla Bley, whose own omnipresence reveals another defining mastery in tunes like “Never Know,” “Still There,” and “Grisly Business.” The latter’s gentle carnivalesque is ideally suited to her touch at the keys.

Drummer Jorge Rossy is a constant thread to which the band looks for guidance, but especially in the more energetic turns such as “Back In Action” and “Exit Stage Left.” His understated groove actualizes Swallow’s ethos of less as more, and demonstrates that self-assured music need never be arrogant. And then there’s Swallow himself, whose first true solo doesn’t come until the album’s ninth track, “Small Comfort” fans the embers. The edge of his new custom bass sounds already finely aged over this bed of organ and cymbals, exposing a little more of his inner workings as brushed snare and tenor pull back the curtain to clarity.
In contrast to the steadied pacing of Swallow’s ECM outings, many tunes on Into The Woodwork flow into the next without break, thus keeping his atmospheric integrity in constant check. Like the title track itself, the album as a whole finds balance between the grounded and the free, always keeping one arm around the listener’s shoulder. The fact that this music doesn’t overtly challenge is a challenge in and of itself to experience its strengths as givens. Like an old friend, it may not often surprise, but its comforts are exactly where they need to be.

Tracklist:
01 – Sad Old Candle
02 – Into The Woodwork
03 – From Whom It May Concern (For Paul Haines)
04 – Back In Action
05 – Grisly Business
06 – Unnatural Causes
07 – The Butler Did It
08 – Suitable For Framing
09 – Small Comfort
10 – Still There
11 – Never Know
12 – Exit Stage Left

Produced by Steve Swallow. Engineered by Gérard De Haro and Nicolas Baillard.
Recorded on November 15/16, 2011 and Mixed and Mastered at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines.

Musicians:
Steve Swallow – bass
Chris Cheek – tenor saxophone
Steve Cardenas – guitar
Carla Bley – organ
Jorge Rossy – drums

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Mar 22

Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev – Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 – Carpe Diem String Quartet (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:05:04 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Digital booklet | © Naxos

A pupil of Tchaikovsky, who called him the ‘Russian Bach’, Sergey Taneyev is best known today for his four symphonies, although he also composed a sizeable body of chamber music, including nine complete String Quartets. Quartet No. 9 is a memorably melodic work, while the beautifully crafted Quartet No. 6, his last completed quartet, is rather more austere, though marked by a playful Jig, and even more masterful in construction.

And so we come to the penultimate release in the complete string quartets by Sergey Taneyev, the Carpe Diem quartet breathing new life into forgotten music. Highly regarded in his younger days, having been a piano student of Nikolai Rubinstein and composition pupil of Tchaikovsky, he eventually became the influential Director of the Moscow Music Conservatory. It was there that his famous pupils, Rachmaninov, Gliere and Scriabin, proved his undoing. They were to bring new and hugely popular music onto the Russian scene, but their mentor could not move from the era in which he was a student. So he was to continue in an elegant view of Russian nationalism, and because he did not join in that new regime is no reason for us to forget his beautifully crafted music. Just turn to the disc’s soulful second track—the slow movement of the Ninth Quartet—and the bubbling scherzo that follows, to find the most readily attractive music ever composed for string quartet. There is, however, a problem with the numbering of the quartets, as the Ninth was among several that remained unpublished at the time of his death, and they were unfortunately given later numbers, the Sixth, in chronological order, being his last quartet. It dates from the first years of the 20th century and some twenty years after the Ninth, by which time he was often falling back on academia as the basis of music that had become rather threadbare in terms of thematic material. So here we have a strong and purposeful opening movement, that looks set fair for an imposing work, but then follows a rather uninteresting slow movement. A happy scherzo prepares for a return to the mood of the opening for the finale. With the young Carpe Diem’s obvious enthusiasm we must be most grateful for this enterprising series. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

Tracklist:

Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev (1856-1915)
String Quartet No. 9 in A major (1883)
1. I. Allegro moderato 08:35
2. II. Andante 06:41
3. III. Scherzo: Allegro con fuoco 07:34
4. IV. Allegro giocoso 08:14

String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 19 (1905)
5. I. Allegro giusto 11:18
6. II. Adagio serioso 08:38
7. III. Giga: Molto vivace 06:03
8. IV. Allegro moderato 08:41

Personnel:
Charles Wetherbee, Violin I
Amy Galluzzo, Violin II
Korine Fujiwara, Viola
Carol Ou, Cello

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Mar 22

Camille Saint-Saens – Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 – Michel Benedetto, Annie d’Arco (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:44:01 minutes | 432 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Calliope Records

Tracklist:
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 75
01 I. Allegro agitato 12’07
02 II. Allegro moderato 10’12
Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 102
03 I. Poco allegro più tosto moderato 7’07
04 II. Scherzo. Vivace 3’36
05 III. Andante 5’19
06 IV. Allegro grazioso, non presto 5’30

Personnel:
Michel Benedetto, violin
Annie d’Arco, piano

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Mar 22

映画『天使』主題歌「天使が舞い降りてくる日」、テイカロ『キシリクリスタルミントのど飴』CMソング「Scarborough fair」、全11曲を収録したアルバム。

収録曲:

1. 眠る孔雀
2. tell me how ~終わりのない旅~
3. 都会の羊
4. tasogare
5. 空の出口
6. 或る悲しみ
7. scarborough fair (Album Mix Ver.)
8. 虹のつづき
9. 天使が舞い降りてくる日 (Movie Mix Ver.)
10. 赤い運命
11. ありがとうあなた

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Mar 22

「安定」と「躍動」の融合が、新たなヒーリング音楽を創り出す。
アルトネリコ・ヒュムノスコンサートシリーズを牽引する歌姫「志方あきこ」に 加え、今回新たに、世界中で注目されるヒーリングヴォーカリスト「KOKIA」、 そして国産アイリッシュ・トラッドミュージックの原点として今だ根強いファン が多い「yoko」を起用し、更に洗練されたヒーリング・クワイアを提供する side蒼。
全ての歌い手がそれぞれ、ファン待望の壮大な多重コーラスを披露する他、yokoは前衛的エレクトリック表現とクワイアとの融合への挑戦、KOKIA はそのぬくもり系ヴォイスで魅せるソロヴォーカルソング(多重コーラスではない歌曲)の収録、そして志方あきこは、今回大型曲では初の挑戦となるキンダー・ヒーリング(可愛らしい和み曲)、物語と連動したエンディングテーマソング など、全てのアーティストが果敢に新境地へと挑戦をしている。
安定と躍動が織 りなす新たなヒーリング音楽は、このアルバムによって昇華した。
参加アーティスト:
歌唱:志方あきこ、KOKIA、yoko
作編曲:志方あきこ、KOKIA、上野洋子
発売元:株式会社 ガスト
販売元:株式会社 フロンティアワークス

収録曲:

01 Ken Nakagawa – Legend of Ar tonelico III
02 Akiko Shikata – Singing Hills ~Harmonics TILIA~
03 Akiko Shikata – EXEC_EP=NOVA/.
04 Akiko Shikata – EXEC_FLIP_ARPHAGE/.
05 Akiko Shikata – Sand of Time
06 Yoko Ueno – EXEC_METEMPSYCHOSIS/.
07 KOKIA – EXEC_REBIRTHIA=PROTOCOL/.
08 KOKIA – EXEC_COSMOFLIPS/.
09 KOKIA – Within the Light
10 Akiko Shikata – Ec Tisia (Forgive Everything)
11 Ken Nagakawa – Planet Gene

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Mar 22

ANB系アニメ『RED GARDEN』のサウンドトラック。欧米的で、ミステリアスに進行するアニメの内容とリンクするかのような世界観を詰め込んだ、千住明制作による1枚。 (C)RS

収録曲:

1. メインテーマ~そうであると願うから
2. 個人の死
3. 成す事として
4. 歩み・・止められずに
5. よわく、よわく
6. 静かに想う事
7. その先に見えたから、ずっと、ずっと
8. 想い思い、そこに・・
9. そしてまた、と
10. 英霊
11. 見えてくる者へ
12. 青年の顔と赤い色
13. 繋がりの崩壊
14. 不完全なるもの
15. 灰色の幸せ
16. 今日は終わりだから
17. 見えない光
18. 貴方といたから見えたこと
19. 美しくとも認めず
20. 終わりからの一歩
21. 進む、そして進む
22. 切れる意思
23. 手の重なり
24. 赤い庭
25. 藍~僅かな思い出
26. 褐~まばらな光
27. 紅~願い
28. 菫~陽と共に
29. 白~私達の響き

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Mar 22

MBS・TBS系TVアニメ『機動戦士ガンダムAGE』の挿入歌。歌うのは、包み込むようなぬくもりのある歌声を武器に、活躍を続ける`KOKIA`。丁寧に積み重ねられたストーリーに、KOKIAの柔らかく優しい魔法の歌声が涙を誘う楽曲。 (C)RS

収録曲:

1. Memorial days
2. 0からの始まり
3. Memorial days (OFF VOCAL)
4. 0からの始まり (OFF VOCAL)

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Mar 22

収録曲:

01. Ribbon in Our Heart (世界を包む)

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Mar 22

2012年6月に東京国際フォーラムで行われたステージ「History」のコンサートDVDになります。毎年行われる春のホールコンサートはその年にリリースしたアルバム楽曲から多く構成されることが多いのに対し、コンサートタイトル「History」に因み、このDVDでは新旧バラエティーに富んだ内容をご覧になっていただけます。コンサートDVDとしては初めて収録される曲も多く、CDのアレンジとは違った響きを皆様に堪能して頂ける作品となっております

収録曲:

<第1部>
01.U-CHA-CHA
02.Hello passing days
03.花
04.人間ってそんなものね
05.道化
06.私は歌う小鳥です
07.5つ目の季節(ア・カペラ)
08.おばあちゃん
09.世界の終わりに
10.I believe~海の底から~
11.歌う人

<第2部>
12.il mare dei suoni
13.Faraway
14.調和
15.愛はこだまする(ピアノ弾き語り with チェロ)
16.この地球がまるいお陰で
17.愛と平和と音楽と
18.足音
19.世界を包む Ribbon in our heart
20.give & take

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Mar 22

同日発売のアルバム『trip trip』からのシングル。C/Wにはアルバム未収録の「もう愛せない」「MOONLIGHT SHADOW」を収録。 (C)RS

収録曲:

1. 人間ってそんなものね
2. もう愛せない
3. Moonlight Shadow

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