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Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - New Worlds (2018)

Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley - New Worlds (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 290 MB
Label: Groupe Analekta, Inc | Tracks: 11 | Time: 71:01 min

Themes of migration and crossing borders are as hot topics today as they ever were. This recording explores two works written in the so-called “New World” by composers from the “Old World”.

Joey Alexander - My Favorite Things (2015)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 3, 2018
Joey Alexander - My Favorite Things (2015)

Joey Alexander - My Favorite Things (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 292 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:58:31
Piano Jazz, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Post Bop | Label: Motema | # MTA-CD-171

The debut album from jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander, 2015's My Favorite Things showcases the 11-year-old's stunning keyboard virtuosity. Joining Alexander here is a mix of older and younger associates, including journeyman bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. Also backing Alexander on various tracks are bassist Russell Hall, drummer Sammy Miller, and up-and-coming firebrand trumpeter Alphonso Horne. Working with Grammy-winning producer Jason Olaine, who previously helmed albums by such jazz luminaries as Roy Hargrove, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and others, Alexander delivers a handful of jazz standards and songs culled from the American Popular Songbook in adroit, acoustic, swinging fashion.
Ensemble Unicorn, Michael Posch - Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata: Secular music of the 15th century (2009)
Ensemble Unicorn; Michael Posch, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Naxos | # 8.553840 | Time: 01:04:53

Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled. But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music. Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. It really is a must-have.

Alexander Melnikov - Four pianos, Four Pieces (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 9, 2018
Alexander Melnikov - Four pianos, Four Pieces (2018)

Alexander Melnikov - Four pianos, Four Pieces (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 313 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 24 | Time: 79:18 min

Alexander Melnikov imagined this programme where four monuments from the piano repertoire are interpreted in their original instrumental environment. The four pianos chosen have characteristics corresponding to those of the instruments on which these virtuoso pieces were first performed. A journey where the horizons of sounds expand to dizzying new heights.

Penthouse Penthouse - Cruise Control (2018)  Music

Posted by aasana at Feb. 9, 2018
Penthouse Penthouse - Cruise Control (2018)

Penthouse Penthouse - Cruise Control (2018)
electronic, beat, electric soul, r&b/soul | 32:41 min | WEB FLAC (tracks) | 171 MB
Label: Alpha Pup Records

Penthouse Penthouse is a duo born out of the LA-based crew Team Supreme. Their debut LP 'Cruise Control' lands on Alpha Pup this February, with features from Tony Larchmont, Carla, Love Logiq, KingJet and more. Right in time for Valentine's Day, Cruise Control is a smooth and sultry 9-tracker of R&B-tinged pop songs.

Alexander Saykov - Sky Whale (2017)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 3, 2018
Alexander Saykov - Sky Whale (2017)

Alexander Saykov - Sky Whale (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 267 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Front cover
Genre: Dub Techno, Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Cold Tear Records

This time we present you a new Dub Techno release by Alexander Saykov called Sky Whale. It features two remixers by two amazing producers known as Echo Delta and Brickman.
Alexander Saykov: "In my home town of Kaluga there is much space between the buildings, which obstruct neither earth nor sky. Visitors often tell hearted tales of the colour of clouds and of the curious constellations here. At one point you realize that all words of beauty have already been said, yet the need to express a universe of feelings still remains…

Eric Alexander - Don't Follow The Crowd (2011)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Feb. 3, 2018
Eric Alexander - Don't Follow The Crowd (2011)

Eric Alexander - Don't Follow The Crowd (2011)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 393.61 Mb | 53:18 | Cover
Mainstream Jazz, Post-Bop | Country: US | Label: HighNote Records - HCD 7220

Eric Alexander has been fortunate to record often as a bandleader since he emerged on the jazz scene, with over 30 CDs to his credit in less than two decades. But one of the biggest challenges facing any jazz musician is to constantly expand his repertoire without rehashing the familiar standards and timeless jazz vehicles. Working with his frequent collaborators, including pianist Harold Mabern (his former teacher, who has played on a number of Alexander's recordings), bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, Alexander asked them to suggest songs to go along with those he chose.

Eric Alexander - Dead Center (2004) (Repost)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Feb. 3, 2018
Eric Alexander - Dead Center (2004) (Repost)

Eric Alexander - Dead Center (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 371.24 Mb | 52:01 | Scans included
Post-Bop | Label: HighNote

Recalling the moody and atmospheric mid-to-late-'60s work of fellow reedmen Wayne Shorter and Hank Mobley, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's Dead Center has a reflective quality that lends itself to such timely compositions as McCoy Tyner's "Search for Peace." It also reveals Alexander's lithe and gentle touch on standards including "Almost Like Being in Love," while lesser known works like Herbie Hancock's "Sonrisa" showcase his deft harmonic invention and superb rhythmic sense. Similarly, pianist Harold Mabern's groove-oriented "A Few Miles From Memphis" is propelled along by drummer Joe Farnsworth's soul-inflected beat with Alexander nudging lines back and forth deep inside the rhythm pocket. While not a significant departure from his past work, Dead Center nonetheless finds Alexander revealing himself as a grounded and muscular improviser who never takes his eye off the target.

Alexander Maria Wagner - The Moscow Recording (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 25, 2018
Alexander Maria Wagner - The Moscow Recording (2018)

Alexander Maria Wagner - The Moscow Recording (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 271 MB
Label: TYXArt | Tracks: 07 | Time: 65:27 min

"Both as composer and pianist, Alexander M. Wagner has a natural and imaginative approach to music and his instrument. His talent for composition and interpretation make his musical visions so convincing and original that they justly give rise to great hopes for the future." Pavel Gililov
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - The Battle: Live at Smoke (2005)

Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - The Battle: Live at Smoke (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 395.01 Mb | 01:00:33 | Scans included
Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz | Label: HighNote - HCD 7137

Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring pair up for two nights of fireworks at Smoke on this 2005 release. Unlike the various two-tenor battles that have appeared on numerous releases over the decades, the contrast provided by featuring two different reeds is easier on one's ears. The furious take of "Blues Up and Down" (penned by the two-tenor team of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt) is a long workout starting with Alexander's intense solo, though Herring provides a bit of humor, especially with a brief lick from Lester Young's "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid." Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots" also kicks up a few sparks.