DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:11:52 minutes | 795 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Motema

The cast list is impressive: Jack DeJohnette on drums, John Scofield on guitar, Larry Grenadier on the bass and John Medeski on keyboards. A team of four crack musicians reunited to celebrate the Hudson which gives its name to their one-off quartet. The Hudson valley is home to a certain idea of music, and it’s linked to some of the last century’s great names of pop music: Big Pink, the house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson of the Band and where Bob Dylan would make an appearance, Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, etc. The album brings together original compositions and covers of, logically enough, Dylan, Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Robbie Robertson. The virtuosity of these four is such that the cohesion of the group makes a great impression from start to finish. We are lulled by a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, which sometimes almost turns to melancholy but which is always flavoured by improvisations that always hit the spot. And Hudson also offers the 45879th piece of evidence that Jack DeJohnette, great master of space, rhythm and silence, is one of his generation’s greatest drummers. Full stop.

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Dawn Richard – Redemption (2016) [7Digital 24-44,1]

Dawn Richard – Redemption (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:26 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Electronica
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Dawn Angeliqué Richard, the daughter of Chocolate Milk percussionist and vocalist Frank Richard, known professionally as Dawn Richard or D∆WN, is an American singer-songwriter, actress and animator. “Redemption” is her fourth studio album. Upon its release, Redemption received widespread acclaim from critics. Tara Joshi of Quietus stated “It’s orchestral, it’s odd, it’s experimental, it’s ornate, it makes you want to dance, it makes you want to swoon – at its heart Redemption is reflective of so many touchstones of black music from the past 30 years or so. It feels odd to say what Richard is doing is still perhaps too niche to get her a place in the R&B ‘Hot 100’, given her sound is so broad and all-encompassing, but its true. Richard has carved out an ambitiously futuristic place for herself that the mainstream hasn’t quite caught up with yet”.

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David Grisman – David Grisman’s Folk Jazz Trio (2011/2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

David Grisman – David Grisman’s Folk Jazz Trio (2011/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:44 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Acoustic Disc

David Grisman’s musical interests have been so varied that he is impossible to categorize stylistically, one of the reasons he has long described his playing everywhere as “Dawg Music.” This is a bit of an unusual outing, as it consists of a trio with bluegrass/folk guitarist/vocalist Jim Hurst, Grisman (mostly on mandolin), and his son Samson on bass. Hurst has previously covered Roger Rasnake’s “Cold Hard Business” and this version features his strong vocal and potent solos all around. The deliberate Latin-flavored “Vaya con Dios” was a hit for Les Paul & Mary Ford and also covered by Mel Tormé, Nat King Cole, and numerous vocalists, though the trio tackles it as an intimate instrumental. “Sally Ann” is a decades-old traditional favorite of bluegrass pickers; the trio’s interpretation seems effortless and Samson Grisman does a splendid job playing with the two veterans. Hurst and Grisman share the vocals in the traditional sorrowful country ballad “Mary of the Wild Moor,” while Samson take the lead vocal in a potent version of the late John Hartford’s “I Wish We Had Our Time Again.” Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” is one of his best-loved songs; Grisman’s shimmering mandolin lead stands out in this performance. The rest of the CD is equally strong, and the only shortcoming of the album is the omission of composer credits, as both musicians and fans may want to seek out earlier recordings of tunes unfamiliar to them for comparison. Highly recommended.

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David Byrne – Live From Austin, TX (2007/2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

David Byrne – Live From Austin, TX (2007/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 1:02:49 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © New West Records

Since 2007, New West Records has curated the finest collection of recordings available from the Austin City Limits television program, on DVD, CD, and vinyl. These recordings, culled from hundreds of performances from the 1970s to the 2000s, represent one of the greatest treasures in American music.

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David Bowie – Cracked Actor. Live Los Angeles ’74 (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

David Bowie – Cracked Actor. Live Los Angeles ’74 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:37:03 minutes | 2,04 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Parlophone UK

Finally officially released 20-track live performance from Los Angeles in September 1974, including two songs tracks not on the “David Live” album. Recorded in-between the “Diamond Dogs” and “Philly Dogs” tours.

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David Benoit – The Steinway Sessions (2017) [HDTracks 24-96]

David Benoit – The Steinway Sessions (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 1:09:16 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks  | Digital Booklet | © Steinway and Sons

The Steinway Sessions is Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger David Benoit’s first ever solo piano record and to mark the occasion, he has chosen a repertoire of songs that are closely associated with him and his concert repertoire. This album contains several well-known covers, including Elton John’s Your Song and Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi, as well as many of Benoit’s own compositions.

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Dave Holland Quartet – Conference Of The Birds (1973/2017) [Mora 24-192]

Dave Holland Quartet – Conference Of The Birds (1973/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:42 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Mora.jp | Booklet, Front Cover | © Universal Music

Bassist Dave Holland leads his quartet on this 1973 release which earned four stars from The Penguin Guide to Jazz and is now considered an essential album in any jazz collection.

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Daniel Pena – Sancocho (2017) [HDTracks 24-44,1]

Daniel Pena – Sancocho (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:10 minutes | 584 MB | Genre: Latin
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Muzik Connection Records

Born in the Dominican Republic and based in Miami, percussionist Daniel Peña has toured around the world and recorded with the likes of Jerry Rivera, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Ismael Miranda, Ray de la Paz, Charlie Cruz and many others. This album, Peña’s second solo release, showcases his percussion style that blends salsa and Latin jazz into a unique musical fusion.

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Daniel Hunter – Refuge (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Daniel Hunter – Refuge (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:18 minutes | 466 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © jazz family

Daniel Hunter is an English born, Australian-raised Jazz-guitarist and educator now based in Paris, France. As a performer Daniel has appeared on stage throughout France, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Germany, Morocco and even Azerbaijan. Following on from his debut album in 2013, aptly named The Twentieth, alluding to his surrounds in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, Refuge’s themes span the plight of refugees, the search for shelter, the emotional aftermath of terrorist attack, the snowfalls of European winter, and the French Alps.

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Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song (2017) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 32:47 minutes | 398 MB | Genre: Indie, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz  | Front Cover | © Nonesuch

Dan Auerbach managed to carve slot out of his busy minister’s schedule to get to work on his second solo album, which he has released on his new label, Easy Eye Sound Records. Eight years after Keep It Hid, the brains behind Black Keys, and a very active producer (Lana Del Rey, Pretenders, Valerie June, Ray LaMontagne, Bombino), Auerbach conceived of this record, Waiting On A Song as ” a love letter to Nashville. ” That makes sense: Auerbach left his native town of Akron, Ohio, to set up in Music City in 2010, where he opened his own recording studio, Easy Eye. This second solo record brings in many guests including John Prine, ex-Dire Straits member Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Pat McLaughlin but also Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys. John Prine plays a major role as the co-writer of seven of the ten songs on the album! A great songwriter who is little-known this side of the Atlantic, but adored by a cult following back home, Prine started as a protégé of Kris Kristofferson, and is anything but a sub-Dylan. Mixing causticity and pure emotion with a rare talent, he has even become known as one of the most under-rated portraitists of his generation. And while his dark humour keeps him safe from any temptations in the direction of soppiness, he also knows how to touch the heart… Like Father John Misty, Dan Auerbach seems nostalgic for the 1970s that saw rock, pop, country, blues, soul and folk swirl together. This makes for a mercurial album, which moves from sunny songs to melancholy ballads. In an era where everything moves a mile a minute, Waiting On A Song takes its time and it could not care less about whether it makes for an easy one-off listen. The leader of the Black Keys and his friends are there to make art, and record songs that will stand the test of time. And with that in mind, this is an album that deserves to be savoured like a welcome siesta, or an enchanting digression…

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