Various Artists - Zosha Di Castri: Tachitipo (2019)

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Various Artists - Zosha Di Castri: Tachitipo (2019)

Various Artists - Zosha Di Castri: Tachitipo (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 275 MB | Tracks: 6 | 74:19 min
Style: Classical | Label: New Focus Recordings

Composer Zosha Di Castri’s debut album “Tachitipo” features several of her eclectic chamber and solo works, both acoustic and electro-acoustic, written between 2010 to the present, and in performances by top-notch ensembles and artists (mostly New York-based) who have long-standing collaborative relationships with the composer.

Henri Texier - A Cordes et à Cris (1979/2019)

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Henri Texier - A Cordes et à Cris (1979/2019)

Henri Texier - A Cordes et à Cris (1979/2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 157 MB | Tracks: 9 | 32:05 min
Style: Jazz | Label: JMS Productions

A longtime fixture on the French jazz circuit and known for his work during the 60's and 70's opposite Don Cherry, Louis Sclavis and Didier Lockwood among other notables, bassist Henri Texier also had a sideline as a member of France's godhead folk prog merchants Total Issue back in the early 70's and the downy wistfulness and deep sweet soul ache that he nailed during his tenure in the outfit seems to have left a lasting impression, as his three solo missives that followed over the course of the 70's (this being his third) are all suffused with the same sort of profound beatific glow that he established with them. That said, the form of it's manifestation here is rather different from Total Issue's M.O., being principally concentrated on the emotive force of bass and voice, hewn through judicious multi-tracking into luxurious webs of pluck/bow motion through which Texier weaves breezy but emotionally weighty wordless vocalizations to dazzling effect.

José Lencastre Nau Quartet - Live in Moscow (2019)

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José Lencastre Nau Quartet - Live in Moscow (2019)

José Lencastre Nau Quartet - Live in Moscow (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 203 MB | Tracks: 4 | 41:55 min
Style: Jazz | Label: Clean Feed Records

Everything in a Nau Quartet (the brothers José and João Lencastre plus 2/3 of Red Trio – Rodrigo Pinheiro and Hernâni Faustino) concert is improvised, benefiting from a stage situation. Here we find the Portuguese musicians when they played live in Russia one year ago, precisely the situation they fulfill best. In such a manner that each track is a statement in itself, very affirmative and with an astonishing drive and commitment – the same of the founders of both free jazz and free music, the two traditions these four dedicate themselves to converge and cross-polinate.

Tim Boniface - The Infant: A Jazz Suite for Christmas (2019)

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Tim Boniface - The Infant: A Jazz Suite for Christmas (2019)

Tim Boniface - The Infant: A Jazz Suite for Christmas (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 265 MB | Tracks: 9 | 45:51 min
Style: Jazz | Label: Tim Boniface

Following the success of THE EIGHT WORDS (2016) THE INFANT offers an original, deep and joyful exploration of Christmas, taking inspiration from the characters in the Christmas stories from Luke's Gospel. Alongside Tim on saxophones, THE INFANT features the exceptional Phil Merriman (piano) Ed Babar (bass) and Jon Ormston (drums) plus a show stopping appearance from the renowned UK jazz vocal star Polly Gibbons.

Kimchi Moccasin Tango - Yankee Zulu (2019)

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Kimchi Moccasin Tango - Yankee Zulu (2019)

Kimchi Moccasin Tango - Yankee Zulu (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 296 MB | Tracks: 4 | 50:33 min
Style: Jazz | Label: Clean Feed Records

Two of the musicians (saxophonist Karl-Hjalmar Nyberg and guitarist Karl Bjora) ensembled in this trio come from the Megalodon Collective, a septet that was already described as «sounding like the Mingus Dynasty band trapped on a star cruiser with controls set for the heart of the sun» or a «pit orchestra from hell performing the soundtrack to a Keystone Cops movie directed by Quentin Tarantino». Something similar, adapted for this redux variation of that band, can be said about Kimchi Moccasin Tango. Here, Nyberg and Bjora are associated with drummer Dag Erik Knedal Andersen, someone who all Clean Feed lovers already know from CDs recorded by the groups Saka and Akode.

Almeida - Live at the Bimhuis (2019)

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Almeida - Live at the Bimhuis (2019)

Almeida - Live at the Bimhuis (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 MB | Tracks: 9 | 52:24 min
Style: Jazz | Label: Clean Feed Records

The trio of Gonçalo Almeida, Martin van Duynhoven and Tobias Klein may present itself as a synthesis of «all kinds of adventurous music of the last 50 years» and that is true, but one in special comes immediately to mind when we listen to them: the influence they put to work of the original free jazz. “Live at the Bimhuis” includes two Ornette Coleman pieces, “Sleep Talk” and “Mob Job”, and that says much in terms of the aesthetic lineage of this project. One thing is for sure, anyway: their brand of “free jazz”, if we still want to call it like that, has little to do with the “new thing” of the Sixties and Seventies. The reading provided here of “Verdes Anos”, a score written by the late Portuguese guitar master Carlos Paredes, gives another perspective to all the procedures.

Dimitri Naïditch - Bach Up (2019)

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Dimitri Naïditch - Bach Up (2019)

Dimitri Naïditch - Bach Up (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 302 MB | Tracks: 10 | 58:45 min
Style: Jazz, Classical | Label: Dinaï Records

You can be a prestigious classical musician and also be passionate about other musical trends, like jazz for example. This is the case of the Ukrainian pianist Dimitri Naïditch. Since 1988 he has accumulated awards (4 First Prizes at the Kiev Conservatory and several International Prizes) and has been living in France since 1991.

Daniel Lippel - Mirrored Spaces (2019)

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Daniel Lippel - Mirrored Spaces (2019)

Daniel Lippel - Mirrored Spaces (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 490 MB | Tracks: 29 | 129:34 min
Style: Classical | Label: New Focus Recordings

Guitarist Daniel Lippel releases a double album set of premieres for solo classical and electric guitar and with electronics by several composer colleagues: Ryan Streber, John Link, Kyle Bartlett, Sergio Kafejian, Douglas Boyce, Dalia With, Karin Wetzel, Orianna Webb, Sidney Corbett, Ethan Wickman, Christopher Bailey, and Lippel himself. Mirrored Spaces engages with many different parameters through which musical ideas are refracted, including microtonality, the aesthetics of electro-acoustic music, timbral exploration, and historical and extra-musical reference points. Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times) and “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) has carved out a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts.

Dean Evenson - Tropical Relaxation (2019)

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Dean Evenson - Tropical Relaxation (2019)

Dean Evenson - Tropical Relaxation (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 334 MB | Tracks: 10 | 66:26 min
Style: New Age, Ambient | Label: Soundings of the Planet

Let the mystical music of flute and harp transport you to a quiet ocean cove where gentle waves caress sandy beaches. Whales and dolphins call across the sea. Colorful songbirds grace a nearby lagoon. Upriver, waterfalls cascade into jungle pools and cobblestone paths lead to a sweet village where no roads and no cars disturb the tranquil mood.

John Challenger - Franck: Organ Works (2019)

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John Challenger - Franck: Organ Works (2019)

John Challenger - Franck: Organ Works (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 233 MB | Tracks: 6 | 69:20 min
Style: Classical | Label: Salisbury Cathedral

This is the second album to be recorded by Salisbury Cathedral’s John Challenger, following 'Elgar from Salisbury' which was released in 2015 to critical acclaim. In this new album, Challenger plays major organ works by the nineteenth-century composer and founder of the French Symphonic organ school, César Franck. The programme includes Franck’s Pièce Heroïque, the Prelude, Fugue and Variation, along with the gigantic Three Chorals for Organ, which Franck composed in 1890, immediately prior to his death. The romantic sounds of Salisbury's famous and iconic pipe organ of 1876, along with the unique acoustics of Salisbury Cathedral, are a perfect match for this repertoire.

Olivia Gay - ORIGINE[S] (2019)

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Olivia Gay - ORIGINE[S] (2019)

Olivia Gay - ORIGINE[S] (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 337 MB | Tracks: 18 | 76:56 min
Style: Classical | Label: Ilona Records

Confident in her profound nature, which echoes the decompartmentalization and the personal journey rather than the competition, the cellist Olivia Gay dares atypical and inventive projects, whose exigency and singularity broaden the listening, the record as in concert : his first recording, Horizon [s] (2018, Ilona Records), played an eminently lyrical cello in the heart of three concertos of different generations and styles (Vasks, Hersant, Maillard); his program Origine [s], to be released at the beginning of November under the same label (release concert on November 13th at 8.30pm at the Cirque Tzigane Romanès in Paris), weaves tightly, with the accordionist Basha Slavinska and the pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid, the links between scholarly music and popular sources.

Sophya Polevaya - Electric Scent (2019)

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Sophya Polevaya - Electric Scent (2019)

Sophya Polevaya - Electric Scent (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 175 MB | Tracks: 19 | 39:03 min
Style: Classical | Label: Ravello Records

On Ravello Records, London composer and saxophonist Sophya Polevaya offers ELECTRIC SCENT, a series of 19 instrumental meditations on the mythic power of flowers and perfumery.

Various Artists - New Cartography (2019)

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Various Artists - New Cartography (2019)

Various Artists - New Cartography (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 186 MB | Tracks: 9 | 53:18 min
Style: Classical | Label: Innova

Sonar pulses. Inventing the chronometer. Rotating gears. Vibrating machines. These are the inspirations behind the chamber works on Peter Van Zandt Lane’s New Cartography. Boasting an illustrious roster of decorated performers, Lane’s second album with Innova highlights what the American Academy of Arts and Letters describes as “driving rhythms, bold harmonic gestures, and whimsical melo-dies… Lane’s music is as inviting as it is sophisticated.”

Café de Maurizi - Maurizi: Chamber Works (2019)

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Café de Maurizi - Maurizi: Chamber Works (2019)

Café de Maurizi - Maurizi: Chamber Works (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 232 MB | Tracks: 12 | 47:33 min
Style: Classical | Label: Maguelone Music

Oreste Eugène De Maurizi began his career as a musician writing dance music: pasodobles, foxtrots, tangos, waltzes… for the various orchestras he directed as Bob Stanley. These orchestras used to play at the very popular ‘bals populaires ‘ of the twenties and thirties. Eastern European music has always cast a peculiar spell. There are for instance countless versions of the Russian song ‘Otchi Tchornye’ - “Les yeux noirs “ and some of these tunes made popular singers and musicians in the fifties really famous. Didn’t Charles Aznavour sing ‘Deux guitars?’ Under the musical direction of the international pianist Eric Lesage, Café de Maurizi Ensemble interprets with freshness, enthusiasm and authenticity these Transylvanian songs.

The Purcell Singers - When David Heard (2019)

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The Purcell Singers - When David Heard (2019)

The Purcell Singers - When David Heard (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 235 MB | Tracks: 14 | 61:08 min
Style: Classical | Label: Stone Records

“When David Heard” is a spiritual journey through some of the greatest British and American choral masterpieces of the 20th century. The Purcell Singers, one of London’s leading chamber choirs, perform Barber’s majestic "Agnus Dei", a choral arrangement of his "Adagio for Strings", Howells’ moving "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing", written to commemorate the death of John F Kennedy, Britten’s spectacular "Five Flower Songs", which vividly paint floral pictures through his imaginative writing, and Whitacre’s stunning "When David Heard", a profoundly emotional setting of a biblical text from the Second Book of Samuel. From the gentle plaintiveness of Elgar, through the radiant beauty of Lauridsen, to the heart-stopping climax of Whitacre, this is a selection of music that will charm and inspire. The Purcell Singers, formed in 1994, are delighted to present this album in celebration of their 25th anniversary to share some of the best-loved works from the UK and the USA drawn from their many performances over the last quarter of a century.