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Eric Alexander - Second Impression (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Eric Alexander - Second Impression (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 54:49 minutes | 1,16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

It can be argued with some validity that one's overall movement through life is reflected in his creative endeavor, and Eric Alexander's strength and versatility on the saxophone can be viewed from this perspective. At this point in his career, Eric has certainly covered a lot of territory, both literally and figuratively. He himself has lost count of how many albums feature his playing; our guess is 100 or more. While he has garnered critical acclaim from every corner, what has mattered most has been to establish his own voice within the illustrious bop-based jazz tradition which is exactly what he does on his latest HighNote release. The close-knit ensemble of a band of regular buddies, coupled with the bass-clef contributions of the extraordinary Bob Cranshaw, make for a listening experience not soon forgotten.
VA - Oscar, With Love: The Songs Of Oscar Peterson (2015/2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

VA - Oscar, With Love: The Songs Of Oscar Peterson (2015/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 178:45 minutes | 3,16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson's birth, Peterson's widow, Kelly Peterson, produced a tribute album for the ages: Oscar, with Love, a marvelous three-disc set comprising ten never-before-recorded Peterson compositions, nineteen of his better-known works and seven compositions written especially for him, performed by sixteen contemporary piano masters on Peterson's personal Boesendorfer Imperial piano at his private studio in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Leaves' Eyes - Sign of the Dragonhead (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 101:59 minutes | 1,23 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Leaves’ Eyes was formed in 2003 by Norwegian vocalist Liv Kristine and German singer Alexander Krull. I would describe the band as symphonic metal with a taste of Viking/Pagan/Celtic and folk. In 2018 they will release their seventh studio album, Sign Of The Dragonhead, their first with new singer Elina Siirala who joined in early 2016 after the departure of founding member Kristine. I have been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy for the purposes of this review.
Nemanja Radulovic - Paganini Fantasy (2013) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Nemanja Radulovic - Paganini Fantasy (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:25 minutes | 1.08 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

When Nemanja Radulović was asked the reason why he chose Paganini for this new record, he didn’t hesitate in giving this simple answer: “To change his image a little, and show that he’s more than the virtuoso composer.” For while Paganini indeed owes his reputation to his unrivalled instrumental technique, in his music Nemanja Radulović also sees a composer who enabled violinists to feel closer to the human voice.
Justin Kauflin - Dedication (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Justin Kauflin - Dedication (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 60:49 minutes | 1,31 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Produced by Quincy Jones, Dedication is the Jazz Village debut by piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. The album features twelve original compositions by Kauflin. His style embodies - without being derivative - the "quiet fire" lyricism of Bill Evans (whom Kauflin credits as his "biggest influence at age 14"), the nimble and mercurial qualities of Bud Powell, the genial melodiousness of Herbie Hancock and a bit of Dave Brubeck's gregarious percussiveness. Kauflin's side men on the album are Billy Williams on drums, Chris Smith on bass, Matt Stevens on guitar and Etan Haziza on nylon guitar. Kauflin is also the subject of the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which chronicles his mentorship and friendship with the legendary musician and teacher Clark Terry. The film won Best New Documentary Director and the Heineken Audience Award at New York's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Boulder Film Festival.
Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss - Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 59:39 minutes | 515 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

„Cappella Amsterdam has performed something extraordinary!“ – Leidsch Dagblad wrote after the performance of Arvo Pärt's Kanon Pokajanen in 2015. The minimal side of his music places Pärt in a kind of meditative scope of composers who arouse deep emotions via slow movements and soft intensity.

Paradis - Recto Verso (2016) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at Dec. 26, 2017
Paradis - Recto Verso (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Paradis - Recto Verso (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 63:27 minutes | 740 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Music globalization is a beautiful thing. Visual artists, musicians, labels and everyone else associated put themselves out there on a world stage for all to see. Regardless of the scope, the consequences, however, are just the same; you make it or you fail. A major factor is it takes a certain awareness for image – a conscious approach of your own context, style and influences – for contemporary musicians to produce something novel, a massive feat nowadays, and when it occurs it is prevalent. The French electronic duo, Paradis, consisting of Simon Mény anjd Pierre Rousseau, tastefully have accomplished such a feat, merging French-pop lyricism to dynamic and attractive production as distinct as they are French, and they most certainly have not failed.
Miroslav Vitous Group - Miroslav Vitous Group (1981/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Miroslav Vitouš Group - Miroslav Vitouš Group (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 47:50 minutes | 943 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Between 1979 and 1982, the Miroslav Vitouš Group was the primary outlet for the abundant improvisational skills of leader Vitouš and John Surman, exemplified by this 1981 release. Vitouš and Surman were well-matched in several ways, with roots and influences that extended beyond jazz, a love of playing freely and a commitment to using the full sound potential of their respective instruments: Surman sings at the top of the baritone sax’s range to match Vitouš’s fiddle-like arco flourishes on the double bass. Drummer Jon Christensen shared their passion for playing, as did Kenny Kirkland, only 24 at the time of this session, on his way to becoming one of modern jazz’s outstanding pianists. Repertoire includes classic Vitouš pieces, collective improvising and an early version of Surman’s relentlessly driving Number Six.
Lady Gaga - The Studio Album Collection (2008-2016) [Official Digital Download] Combined RE-UP

Lady Gaga - The Studio Album Collection (2008-2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 398:27 minutes | 5,47 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover(s)

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as experimenting with new images. Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. This 24-bit collection includes all of her official studio albums from 2008 to 2016.

Rosedale - Long Way To Go (2017) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at Nov. 19, 2017
Rosedale - Long Way To Go (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Rosedale - Long Way To Go (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 45:42 minutes | 505 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Rosedale is first of all a French duo consisting of Amandyn Roses and Charlie Fabert. Both have the music genes in their blood. Amandyn Roses initially delved into playing the accordion and piano. Then she decided to sing, was a year at the Music Academy International in Nancy. This institute is associated with the prestigious Berklee College Of Music. In 2013, the two musicians met and in 2016 they finally went as Rosedale at the start.