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Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri & Daniel Levin - New Artifacts (2017)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Sept. 6, 2017
Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri & Daniel Levin - New Artifacts (2017)

Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri & Daniel Levin - New Artifacts (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 230.06 Mb | 43:14 | Covers (front+back)
Free Jazz, Free Improvisation, Contemporary Jazz, Clean Feed | Label: Clean Feed (CF412CD)

“New Artifacts” documents a thrilling concert in Brooklyn by Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, and Daniel Levin. The performance captured here transformed the listeners in attendance that evening, bringing them into a creative world open with possibilities. Now, with this recording, Malaby, Maneri, and Levin invite you into their narrative of sound. This is music rich in gesture, and a music that is lyrical at its core. Its lyricism does not set itself in song form, yet is deeply reminiscent of the emotional ethos of vocal forms. This lyricism becomes the ground of the compositional field these three artists enter into: It is a field that is open to asides, proclamations, intimate words, and cries across a great space. The human voice is translated to their instruments with great compulsion. We hear Tony Malaby’s voice on his saxophones as a big circle, or perhaps a vibrant sphere in open space, with wind and light inside it – and this shared space is mirrored by the strings. At times, it’s as if Daniel Levin’s cello and Mat Maneri’s viola become saxophones, too, and vice versa. We are lucky to have a document of this special concert, to provide an opportunity for those of us who were not there that night to experience the magic of this music for themselves.

Daniel Levin Quartet - Live at Firehouse 12 (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at April 11, 2017
Daniel Levin Quartet - Live at Firehouse 12 (2017)

Daniel Levin Quartet - Live at Firehouse 12
Jazz | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 66:55 min | 112 MB
Label: Clean Feed | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

Live At Firehouse 12 documents the Daniel Levin Quartet in live performance with its current working line-up, now featuring Mat Maneri on viola. The new palette of timbres and textures afforded by the change in instrumentation from trumpet to viola provides ample opportunities for the band to explore previously uncharted territory, and the musicians take full advantage here, producing music that sounds fresh and exciting.
Robert Levin - Mozart: Piano Sonatas, K. 279, K. 280 &, K. 281 On Fortepiano, Vol. 1 (2006)

Robert Levin - Mozart: Piano Sonatas, K. 279, K. 280 &, K. 281 On Fortepiano, Vol. 1 (2006)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 259 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 139 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Classical | Label: deutsche harmonia mundi, #:82876-84236-2 | 2006 | 0:55:05

These bracing, unorthodox fortepiano readings of Mozart's first three keyboard sonatas are the first in a series by Robert Levin, a professor at Harvard University. Levin is among the first players to use the fortepiano's agility in the service of speed and flash. His Mozart is quick, jumpy, technically impressive, and distinctly unlyrical – "un-Mozartian" will be the first reaction for many listeners…
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities - BLUE Nights (2000) {2CD Discipline Global Mobile DGM0002} [King Crimson related]

Bruford Levin Upper Extremities - BLUE Nights (2000) {2CD Discipline Global Mobile DGM0002} [King Crimson related]
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 604 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 251 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 12 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2000 Discipline Global Mobile / Papa Bear Records | DGM0002
Jazz / Far-flung Improvisations / Jazz Rock / Art Rock / Avant-Garde

This recording chronicles the live performances of Bruford Levin Upper Extremities from 1998. The disc showcases the band's unique blend of jazzy modes with Crimson-esque textures and, occasionally, just plain weirdness. Many of the tracks become looser jams in the live performance. For those who saw this tour, the disc will be a great memento. For those who didn't, it will serve as a shining example of what they missed, and encouragement to be more careful not to pass up subsequent tours. The band is Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Chris Botti, and David Torn.
Levin Minnemann Rudess - From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess (Deluxe Edition) (2016)

Levin Minnemann Rudess - From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess (Deluxe Edition)
Progressive Rock | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 69:35 min | 169 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Lazy Bones Recordings | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2016

If music were a video game, From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess would be the final boss level. The stage at which you look back at all that came before, shake your head, and laugh at how easy it seems in hindsight.
For prog fans, Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann, and Jordan Rudess likely require little in the way of introductions.

Tony Levin - Waters Of Eden (2000)  Music

Posted by uff at Feb. 16, 2016
Tony Levin - Waters Of Eden (2000)

Tony Levin - Waters Of Eden (2000)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Ape + Cue + Log | covers
Narada 72438-49132-2-9 | rel: 2000 | 290Mb

Tony Levin's Waters of Eden is an eclectic, sophisticated instrumental music album. He draws on his personal experience from spending decades in the forefront of progressive rock and art rock as well as the jazz and classical music inspiration that gave rock such lofty goals.

Tony Levin - World Diary (1995) REPOST  Music

Posted by uff at Feb. 9, 2016
Tony Levin - World Diary (1995) REPOST

Tony Levin - World Diary (1995)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Papa Bear Records | rel: 1995 | 490Mb

World Diary is quite distinct in style from Levin's later solo projects, but no less aesthetically pleasing. At first blush the work seems to fluctuate back and forth between laid-back modern arrangements and more "world-music" constructions. However, what unifies this work is Levin's own personal style in creating a cohesive mixture of modern jazz themes & instruments with simple acoustic world-music sounds.
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CD [Repost]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Paul Hindemith: Sonatas for Viola/Piano & Viola Alone (1988) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 567 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 330 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Classical, Chamber Music | Label: ECM | # ECM 1330-32, 833 311-2 | Time: 02:07:46

The sound quality is good and the performances are excellent. I recently had the opportunity to compare Kashkashian's performance with Hindemith's own 1930s recording and while I naturally give props to Hindemith for recording his own work I like Kashkashian's performance of the Op. 24 viola sonata more– not just for sound but for the speed and fire she puts into the wild fourth movement. Hindemith's contribution to viola repertoire is probably the single most important one of the 20th century and this is probably the best available recording of his works. It includes all the solo and with-piano works on just two discs. It's also nice that Kashkashian and Levin recorded the viola works that were unpublished during Hindemith's lifetime, giving us a fuller insight into his work for the instrument than we might otherwise hear.
Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano (1997)

Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Johannes Brahms: Sonaten für Viola und Klavier (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1630, 457 068-2 | Time: 00:44:04

These two sonatas, originally written for clarinet, marked the end of an intense period of depression for Brahms, during which his creative energies had all but faded. Kim Kashkashian, whose command of the viola unearths an even deeper realm of possibility in this already engaging diptych, faithfully captures the somber circumstances of its creation. In doing so, she shows that the viola is no less an instrument of breath, drawing from deep within her lungs the sheer vocal power required to carry across such arresting music.
Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Asturiana: Songs From Spain And Argentina (2007) [Repost, New Rip]

Kim Kashkashian & Robert Levin - Asturiana: Songs From Spain And Argentina (2007)
Manuel de Falla - Enrique Granados - Carlos Guastavino - Alberto Ginastera - Xavier Montsalvatge - Carlos Lopez Buchardo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1975, 476 6149 | Time: 01:12:04

These soulful Spanish and Argentinean songs arranged by violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin are well suited to their expressive and expansive playing. Most of the songs, ranging from works by Granados, de Falla, and Montsalvatge to early Ginastera, are written in a late romantic to early modern idiom, and many incorporate a strong folk element. The selections include rowdy, rhythmically charged dance-like songs, tender lullabies, and many flavors of love songs, from the exultant to the despairing. In addition to the better-known composers, Argentineans Carlos Guastavino and Carlos López-Buchardo make extraordinarily fine contributions. The choices of repertoire are excellent; each one of these songs is a jewel, and the ordering of the selections artful, including the surprisingly effective repetition of two songs at different points in the program. The transcriptions are inventive and imaginative, with the vocal lines idiomatically adapted for the viola's expressive capabilities.