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Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone (2018) [Japan LTD SHM-CD] DVD  Music

Posted by Andi_Deris at Feb. 21, 2018
Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone (2018) [Japan LTD SHM-CD] DVD

Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone (2018) [Japan LTD SHM-CD] DVD
DVD5 | Video: | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Audio: LinearPCM, 2 ch | Scans
3.5 Gb | 51 Mb | Time: 01:03:51
King Record Co., Ltd. | KIZC-432/3
Progressive Metal, Documentary

How to progress and yet keep the identity which took over 25 years to establish? How to create the ever evolving – and at times rather complicated – musical compositions and wrap it up in an accessible format with that recognizable sound? Royal Hunt does it with ease and now – with their 14th studio album – proves once again that creativity and staying true to yourself can work hand in hand and produce some astonishing results: will you please welcome the ultimate proof of that - “Cast In Stone” - the album you'll be listening to again, again and again. This edition includes a bonus DVD with documentary on a tour (60 min., approx.).
Jay McShann - The Big Apple Bash (1978) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27278}

Jay McShann - The Big Apple Bash (1978) {2013 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27278}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 298 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 103 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 160 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1978, 2013 Atlantic / Rhino / Warner Japan / WEA | WPCR-27278 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Jazz Blues / Blues / Piano

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Pianist Jay McShann has spent much of his career being classified as a blues pianist when in fact he is a flexible swing stylist. On this excellent release, McShann appears with two groups of all-stars. His original "Crazy Legs and Friday Strut" and "Georgia on My Mind" find him joined by Herbie Mann (on flute and tenor), baritonist Gerry Mulligan and a rhythm section that includes guitarist John Scofield. The other selections (two standards, Duke Ellington's "Blue Feeling" and McShann's own "Jumpin' the Blues") are performed by an octet also featuring Mann, altoist Earle Warren, trumpeter Doc Cheatham, trombonist Dicky Wells and Scofield. The unusual grouping of swing, bop and modern stylists is successful (the material is pretty basic) and Janis Siegel's guest appearance for a vocal duet with McShann on "Ain't Misbehavin'" works.
The Massimo Farao' Afro Cuban Piano Quartet - Blue Bossa (2017) [Japan] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

The Massimo Farao' Afro Cuban Piano Quartet - Blue Bossa (2017) [Venus Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 67:51 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,25 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,47 GB

Massimo Farao is a wonderful Italian pianist who has played and recorded with Red Holloway, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Tony Scott, Franco Ambrosetti, Nat Adderley, Jeff Tain Watts, Jack DeJohnette and Chris Potter, among others. For this release he's joined with Nicola Barbon, Roberto Facchinetti and Ernesttico on the conga play familiar tunes with a twist. The result is exciting and beautiful!
Eddie Higgins Quartet - My Foolish Heart (2003) [Japan 2014] SACD-ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Eddie Higgins Quartet - My Foolish Heart (2003) [Japan 2014]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:44 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,3 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,51 GB

A wonderful album by the pianist extraordinaire Eddie Higgins with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton. They're joined by Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. These veterans make gorgeous, romantic and beautiful music together. Classic Release from Eddie Higgins' Quartet.
Paul Smith - Cool And Sparkling (1956) {Capitol Japan TOCJ-5407 rel 1991}

Paul Smith - Cool And Sparkling (1956) {Capitol Japan TOCJ-5407 rel 1991}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 149 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 87 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (jpg) -> 127 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1956, 1991 Capitol Records / EMI-Toshiba Japan | TOCJ-5407 | Mono
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Soul Jazz / Piano

While its title and cover certainly suggest a record firmly in the bachelor pad/lounge music camp, Cool and Sparkling: The Liquid Sounds of Paul Smith nevertheless boasts a melodic ingenuity and technical emphasis that reward deeper listening. What keyboardist Smith dubs "liquid sound" is in fact a space-age pop precursor to soul-jazz, with an energy and groove all its own. Aided by clarinetist Abe Most, guitarist Tony Rizzi, and bassist Sam Cheifitz, Smith is too good a player and too clever a composer to settle for mere background music – structure is as important here as sound, and while Cool and Sparkling blends effortlessly with its surroundings, it never sacrifices substance for style.
Denny Zeitlin - Carnival (1964) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 82}

Denny Zeitlin - Carnival (1964) {2015 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICJ 82}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 248 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 115 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 234 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1964, 2015 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICJ 82
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Contemporary Jazz / Piano Trio

Reissue with the latest 2015 DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. The Zeitlin trio…a stunning display of instrumental virtuosity, emotional depth, and musicality…Zeitlin’s piano is impeccable…introspective, filled with joy, bitingly mocking, always intelligent and emotional. Bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Jerry Granelli join the pianist on the Carnival session. Zeitlin's "Carole's Garden" has been recorded several times by other musicians since its debut on Carnival. His tranquil "After the War" is so softly played that it would hush the noisiest nightclub crowd.
Buddy Collette - Bossa Nova (1961) {P-Vine Japan Mini LP PCD-20175 rel 2012}

Buddy Collette - Bossa Nova (1961) {P-Vine Japan Mini LP PCD-20175 rel 2012}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 152 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 66 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 10 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1961, 2012 Crown Jazz / P-Vine Japan | PCD-20175 | Mini LP
Jazz / Bossa Nova / Samba Jazz / Latin Jazz / Saxophone / Flute

A really cool bit of bossa jazz from reedman Buddy Collette – an artist who's not as well associated with the genre as Stan Getz or Paul Desmond – but who really cooks nicely here! The setting is relatively lean and groovy – with guitar from Howard Roberts, bass from Mel Pollan, and percussion from Leo Acosta and Darias – both of whom bring a nice sort of west coast vibe to the set, one that's different from some of the Verve bossa modes of the time. Jim Helms handled the arrangements, with a nice airy sort of mode – and Buddy plays both tenor and flute, on titles that include "Nao Pode Ser", "Porque De Moras", "A Pele Do Marfin", "A Meie Noite", "Samba Da Tartaruga", and "Amor Levado".
Bill Charlap Trio - I'm Old Fashioned (2010) [Japan 2014] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Bill Charlap Trio - I'm Old Fashioned (2010) [Japan 2014]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:07 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,82 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,06 GB

Swing Journal Gold Disc. Nobody would argue that Bill Charlap is one of the most preeminent jazz pianists of his generation. His encyclopedic knowledge of the American Songbook is second to none, and his beautiful touch, amazing skills and imagination make it a pleasure to listen to him at all times. As some of you already know, Charlap has recorded a number of great albums for Venus Records of Japan with his great New York Trio (with Jay Leonhart and Bill Stewart). For this, latest release, he decided to take a slightly different direction with a drum-less trio with guitarist Peter Bernstein and bassist Peter Washington.
Shelly Manne & His Men - Boss Sounds! (1966) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27142}

Shelly Manne & His Men - Boss Sounds! (1966) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster WPCR-27142}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 290 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 102 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 14 Mb | 5% repair rar | 24bit remaster
© 1966, 2012 Atlantic / Rhino / Warner Japan / WEA | WPCR-27142 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Although drummer Shelly Manne was closely associated with the Contemporary label for many years, he also recorded for other companies after Contemporary slowed down operations. This particular Koch CD reissues a set that was cut for Atlantic. The 1966 version of Shelly Manne's Men (altoist Frank Strozier, trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Russ Freeman, and bassist Monty Budwig) played in a similar style to his 1950s groups. Only Strozier hints (and only slightly in spots) at the avant-garde explorations then going on elsewhere. The quintet performs three group originals, an obscurity, "The Breeze and I," and "Margie" (which was arranged by Jimmy Rowles). Fine hard bop music.
Belinda Carlisle - A Woman & A Man (1996) {Japan 1st Press} Repost / New Rip

Belinda Carlisle - A Woman & A Man (1996) {Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 361 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 122 Mb
Full Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 100 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop, Pop Rock | Chrysalis / Toshiba-EMI Ltd. #TOCP-50002

In a sense, Belinda Carlisle's A Woman & a Man is a companion record to her first solo album. It arrived in 1996, ten years after Belinda, and it also functioned as something of a break from the Go-Go's, as it was her first album after the group's mid-'90s reunion. That's not where the similarities end: the title track has some Motown propulsion, Charlotte Caffey comes in to co-write "Kneel at Your Feet," and instead of Tim, Carlisle covers Neil Finn. All these echoes are somewhat buried underneath the studio gloss created by producer David Tickle, a veneer that can get too thick on the ballads but nevertheless is often pleasingly expensive. This is a big-budget studio album from an era when they were common and, in retrospect, its overblown adult contemporary has its charms…