The Keith Jarrett Trio – Somewhere (2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 65:32 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Digital booklet | @ ECM
Now in its 30th year, the Keith Jarrett Trio is widely considered, as the NY Times recently remarked, to have set the gold standard for jazz groups, and this sparkling concert recording from 2009 is issued to mark a milestone anniversary. The Somewhere in which the Standards trio find themselves is Lucerne, Switzerland with a performance both exploratory and in-the-tradition. The Neue Zurcher Zeitung headlined its review of the show Kontrollierte Ekstase controlled ecstasy an apt metaphor for a set that begins in improvisational Deep Space modulates into Miles Davis Solar, soars through the standards Stars Fell On Alabama and Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea and climaxes with an extended romp through West Side Story, as Bernsteins Somewhere and Tonight are bridged by the freely associative Jarrett original Everywhere. (more…)
Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert (1975/2010) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 67:30 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ ECM
he most successful solo jazz album of all time, THE KOLN CONCERT is an awe-inspiring work of improvisation and invention. Consisting of four tracks that together comprise over an hour of music, the performance is an apt demonstration of Jarrett’s genius as a piano player and conceptualist. It features one of the greatest series of free improvisations ever caught on tape—endlessly imaginative and absolutely mesmerizing. Released for the first time in breathtaking 96kHz/24bit, the performance takes on an entirely new dimension—one that places you immediately before Jarrett’s phenomenal keyboard displays of virtuosity and gives additional resonance to every struck note. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.
The album is not so much masterpiece as masterwork: art as a process that forever remains in the present. “Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, Wall Street Journal (more…)
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – Last Dance (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 1:16:07 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ ECM
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden broaden the scope of their duo project to showcase jazz classics like Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” and Bud Powell’s spritely “Dance Of The Infidels”. Love songs, however, are to the fore in this selection, with tender versions of “My Old Flame”, “My Ship”, “It Might As Well Be Spring”, “Everything Happens To Me”, and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” as well as alternate takes of “Where Can I Go Without You” and “Goodbye”, every bit as touching as the Jasmine renditions. “When we play together it’s like two people singing”, said Jarrett of his reunion with Haden. The intentions of the song are honored, the shades of meaning in a melody or a lyric explored instrumentally. As Charlie Haden put it, “Keith really listens, and I listen. That’s the secret. It’s about listening”. (more…)
Charlie Haden – Keith Jarrett – Jasmine [ECM 2165] (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | 510 MB | 1:03:33 minutes | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | @ ECM
Throughout, the duo operates in a comfort zone that values felicitous melody and openhearted sentiment over displays of bravado. Jasmine is as unashamedly expressive a recording as either man has ever made. – Steve Futterman, The New Yorker
Keith Jarrett – Arbour Zena (1975/2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:01 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Jazz Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | @ ECM
“I consider this one of my most richly lyrical and consistently inspired works,” wrote Keith Jarrett of “Mirrors”, the almost half-hour long concluding piece onArbour Zena. “Jan Garbarek’s contribution is irreplaceable and ecstatic.” It is easy to agree that Arbour Zena as a whole is one of Jarrett’s most exceptional albums. Evocative writing for strings, beautiful playing by Keith and Jan and by Charlie Haden at his most soulful, and a glowing panoramic production make this 1975 recording one of the finest of the early ECMs. (more…)
Michelle Makarski, Keith Jarrett – Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano (2013) ECM New Series | FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:33:53 minutes | 846 MB | Genre: Chamber Music Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Cover & Digital booklet | @ ECM New Series
Michelle Makarski and Keith Jarrett met when Makarski was recording Jarrett’s album Bridge of Light. A musical friendship was formed, and the two decided to get together to play these Bach sonatas just for fun. Later on, they decided to record the pieces, which took place in November 2010 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. (more…)
Nico – Chelsea Girl (1967/2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:33 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Rock Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Polydor Records
Chelsea Girl is the debut solo recording by Nico, the singer on the first Velvet Underground album. The title is a reference to the Andy Warhol film that Nico starred in. The album is a breathtaking collection of orchestral pop and chamber folk highlighted by Nico’s inspired vocals. Chelsea Girlfinds Nico interpreting classics from Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Tim Hardin and more. The work is a stunning piece of art.
4 stars out of 5 – “…The mood remains dark, gothic and mysterious with barely more than flute, guitar, violin, cello and harmonium accompaniment.” – Rolling Stone(more…)
Johnny Hodges And His Orchestra – Blues-A-Plenty (1958/2011/2014) DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 42:38 minutes | 1,68 GB FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 42:38 minutes | 795 MB Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | @ Analogue Productions (Verve)
Cover art and liner notes included
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.
“I really think that the people who are willing to lay down their money for these reissues are going to get something really outstanding.” — George Marino, Sterling Sound engineer, commenting on Analogue Productions’ Verve 25-title reissue series.
One of the giants of the alto saxophone, Johnny Hodges was perhaps the most important soloist and sideman in Duke Ellington’s orchestra from 1928 up to Hodges’ death in 1970. The self-taught player made many solo forays during his long career – one of his ’50s outfits included a young John Coltrane – but history remembers Hodges for his virtuosic sidemanship, particularly his sensitive rendering of ballads.
Harry James & His Big Band – The Harry James Sessions 1976 & 1979 (2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:34:00 minutes | 1,75 GB | Genre: Jazz Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Sheffield Lab
Sheffield Lab Recordings is pleased to present the reissue of a historic recording: The Harry James Sessions. Consisting of three albums originally recorded direct-to-disc by Sheffield in 1976 and 1979, and now spectacularly re-mastered by Seth Winner from analog disc originals, this program of music from the height of the swing era is a vital representation of one of the great big bands of the 20th century. To hear this music recorded by Sheffield from the perspective of a single stereo microphone, is to hear this magnificent band as dancers heard it in front of the bandstand, with the impact and energy that we don’t associate with historic recordings of another era. Pretty thrilling stuff! This amazing 2 disc set includes ALL the music from the Original LP albums: THE KING JAMES VERSION, COMIN’ FROM A GOOD PLACE and STILL HARRY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. (more…)
GEMS – Kill The One You Love (2015) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:45 minutes | 892 MB | Genre: Rock Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Carpark Records
When Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher first met, their connection was instantaneous. That bond still fuels their art. As GEMS, they self-released the Medusa EP in 2013, a debut with a remarkably mature sound. On Medusa, Lindsay’s haunting and deeply emotive vocals provide the backbone for Clifford’s dark and dreamy production, balancing gauzy atmospherics with emotional heft. That mix finds new tension and release on GEMS’ first full-length album, Kill The One You Love. (more…)