"Balearic Beauty" brings to life 14 Sunlounger recordings. Through them Roger has involved the vocal talents of many, including ‘A Beach Side of Life’ album alumni Inger Hansen, Yoav (of ‘Beautiful Lie’ fame) and EDM singer/songwriter/hit-maker JES. Also on board are an ensemble of newly discovered male and female vox talent, including Sason Bishope Parry, Chase, Alexandra Badoi, Kingseyes and Suzie Del Vecchio. Arriving in its now customary Album and Chillout versions, ‘Balearic Beauty’ picks up exactly where ‘Beach Side’ left off… So bring your pulse rate to resting, find your spot in the sun, hit recline and prepare for the Lounger.
Roger Shah, Mr Magic Island, is a 5 times awarded DJ Mag Top 100 artist. With more than 600 releases in over 80 countries, countless considered classics, his music videos have been watched over 100 million times on YouTube. He’s played at the most important clubs around the world - from Privilege Ibiza to Zouk in Singapore, Ultra Music Festival in the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, A State Of Trance and Future Sound Of Egypt events around the globe. As a producer and remixer he has worked for artists such as Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Oakenfold and platinum selling artists such as Sarah MacLachlan, Moya Brennan, Kosheen, Bryan Adams and many more.
"The Beach Side of Life" is the third full-length album from German electronic composer and producer Roger-Pierre Shah - released under his Sunlounger alias. The tracks with the ultimate summer feel, taking you in with the unrivalled Sunlounger sound.
"Armada Collected" is a new series dedicated to bringing you the best hits from the world of dance music. The first to have the honor of presenting an Armada Collected album fittingly goes to Sunlounger. Sunlounger has put out many excellent records before, and now was the perfect chance to bring the best Sunlounger songs to the world. Roger Shah has made a name for himself catering to the needs and desires of Balearic-minded people everywhere. Forever capturing the essence of Ibiza, Shah created the alias ‘Sunlounger’ to take his beach vibes one step further. To play this album is to engage in a unique experience - it’s to take a trip to the Spanish islands in your mind, or if you are lucky enough to already be somewhere coastal, to help you escape the drudgeries of reality and enjoy the present moment…
Miles once said, "All my inspiration today comes from Ahmad Jamal." These recordings are the reason why. The mid fifties was a fertile time for jazz; fresh, original ensembles were taking shape all over the country. The Modern Jazz Quartet, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Jazz Messengers and the Ahmad Jamal Trio immediately come to mind. Among musicians, each group had its imitators and its creative disciples who took its innovations one step further.
This fascinating date features pianist Ahmad Jamal at the beginning of his recording career. With guitarist Ray Crawford and either Eddie Calhoun or Israel Crosby on bass, Jamal showcases a style that would be a major influence on Miles Davis' music. Jamal's use of space and dynamics was very different than the style of any other jazz pianist of the era. His versions of "Old Devil Moon," "Will You Still Be Mine?," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," and "A Gal in Calico" inspired Miles to record the songs in a similar fashion, and his "Billy Boy" became the basis of a performance by the Red Garland Trio. Most fascinating is Jamal's inventive interpretation of "Pavanne," for it has a section very reminiscent of "So What" (which was not "composed" by Davis until over two years later) and a melody statement that is exactly the same as John Coltrane's "Impressions."