Diana Krall – Turn Up The Quiet [Japanese Edition] (2017) [CD FLAC]

Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet [Japanese Edition] (2017) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Diana Krall
Album: Turn Up The Quiet [Japanese Edition]
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 291 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Diana Krall spent the better part of the 2010s exploring byways of American song — her 2012 set Glad Rag Doll drew heavily on obscure jazz from the 1920s and ’30s, its 2015 sequel Wallflower concentrated on pop and rock tunes — but 2017’s Turn Up the Quiet finds the pianist/singer returning to well-known standards from the Great American Songbook. Reuniting with producer Tommy LiPuma for the first time since 2009’s bossa nova-inspired Quiet Nights, Krall works with a trio of lineups on Turn Up the Quiet, alternating between a trio, quartet, and quintet. The album isn’t divided into triads but rather gently shifts between these bands, a move that’s sometimes imperceptible because the focus is firmly on Krall, the pianist. Her voice often operates at a hushed whisper — a decision that suits this collection of romantic, dreamy material; it also underscores the importance of the record’s title — and that emphasizes her lithe piano along with the solo spotlights from her featured musicians. Krall gives her three bands plenty of space to shine — fiddler Stuart Duncan, in particular, stuns with his solo on “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” but there are nice turns from guitarists Russell Malone, Anthony Wilson, and Marc Ribot, along with supple playing by bassists Christian McBride, Tony Garnier, and Anthony Wilson — but what impresses is how these ensembles are all united in spirit and attitude, all thanks to their leader. Krall has a definite vision for Turn Up the Quiet — she wants to keep things smoky and subdued, a record for the wee hours — and the end result is so elegant, it seems effortless. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Jazzamor – Strange to Be in Paradise (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Jazzamor
Album: Strange to Be in Paradise
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 319 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Love, hate, the complexities of our times lacking simple solutions – resonating in Jazzamor’s question: Isn’t it strange to be in Paradise? When we sing our love songs and when we celebrate the wonderful experience of humans embracing each other in a rather mystical happening of emphatic passion, we cannot deny the fact that in each and every case there are others in fear and horror, being tortured and slaughtered for nothing but the raging passion of hate. Is it not strange to be in paradise at the same time? To live in a world where we are supported in all kinds of ways, while at the same time other humans suffer? What is there to do with this strangeness to be? We are confronted with this human contradiction whether we like it or not. We can look away, or we can face these opposing appearances of life and the questions they pose. We choose every time we look at it. But to go beyond we must look into what provides us with that option. Our nature which is able to love and to hate almost at the same time. The transit well of wonderment. This never failing fertile fountainhead. There is the profound experience of creativity, the explosion of ideas, the blitz of insight. Creativeness itself is the strange exotic lead and it’s only restriction is the narrowness of hate. It has no image. It is a kind of abstraction without an idea. But because it is providing our life with a constant flow of ideas we do not need anything beyond it. The unknown given of all this real was non as life begun. At one point no-one was categorized as black, white, male, female, Christian, Jew, Moslem but somehow these narratives evolved. They have a history. They where suppressed, privileged, preached, forced, annihilated. They came from next to nothing. They became stories – histories – and an empty bird of wonderment is touching them lightly with superb grace to breathe life into them. That is: we do! And we have to be curious about what else we can achieve. We should not turn away from suffering, even when we do have no inkling about an answer. Nor should we be content with the easy answers the experts give us – let us not forget: They depend on histories. Let us consider directly the questions posed by humans lost in paradise, humans who die in paradise, just as the dice are cast.

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Chihiro Yamanaka – Collection (2001-2016) [FLAC]

Chihiro Yamanaka - Collection (2001-2016) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Chihiro Yamanaka
Album: Collection
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2001-2016
Size: ~ 6.9 GB
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

b. Kiryu, Japan. Yamanaka played piano from the age of four, studying classical music and was eventually awarded the grand prize of Japan’s Gumma Fresh Talent competition. In the USA, she studied at the Berklee College Of Music, graduating in 2000. She was critically praised, winning DownBeat magazine’s award for Outstanding Performance and the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Sisters In Jazz competition, following which she toured Europe with other winners. Among many artists with whom she has performed are George Benson, Gary Burton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Curtis Fuller, George Russell and Ed Thigpen. In the early 00s she was a member of DIVA, the all-female big band led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, with which group she has played concerts and recorded. Yamanaka also played in the DIVA spin-off quintet, Five Play, with which group she played on Marlene VerPlanck’s 2003 album It’s How You Play The Game. Among musicians Yamanaka has used on her recording dates are bass players Ray Parker, Ben Street and Larry Grenadier and drummers Ben Perowsky, Rodney Green and Jeff Ballard.

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Yolanda Brown – Love Politics War (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Yolanda Brown
Album: Love Politics War
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 480 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Love Politics War, is the sophomore album release from the UK’s premier female saxophonist YolanDa Brown. The new album is a delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul… a new genre that YolanDa labels “Posh Reggae”. Following her biggest ever nationwide tour ‘Reggae Love Songs”, she went into the studio in London to record the album. YolanDa wanted an album that reflected the current climate of the world, with the underlying message that Love conquers all.
The album features an eclectic mix of special guests such as; Bill Laurance from award winning jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy, Saxophonist Casey Benjamin from the Robert Glasper Band, US soul singer Raheem Devaughn, 3x Grammy award winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, New York based trumpeter Keyon Harrold, Grammy award winning pianist Jon Cleary, Floacist from the award winning duo Floetry, UK soul singer Phebe Edwards and the renowned bassist and album producer Rick Leon James.
“Love Politics War” is released on CD, Double Vinyl and Digital.

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Zem Audu – Spirits (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Zem Audu
Album: Spirits
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 452 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Born in Nigeria, raised in London, and now living in Brooklyn, saxophonist Zem Audu possesses a deep well of influences to draw from for his debut recording. Inviting you to feel the atmosphere of the city streets, the blazing sunshine of the Caribbean, and the soulfulness of Nigerian culture, the visceral impact of his experiences with a wide-range of musical greatness – Jason Moran, Mike Stern, Hugh Masekela, and his international tours with the legendary Skatalites – is wildly evident on Spirits. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York with guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Benito Gonzales, Ben Williams on bass and John Davis on drums, Audu’s eleven original compositions crackle with ingenuity, spirit, and groove as they celebrate the life experiences that inspired them.

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