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Sun Ra - Of Abstract Dreams (2018)

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Sun Ra - Of Abstract Dreams (2018)

Sun Ra - Of Abstract Dreams (2018)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 00:39:15 | 171 Mb
Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band | Label: Strut Records

Strut and Art Yard present another exclusive from the vast catalogue of cosmic jazz pioneer Sun Ra: a previously unreleased radio session most likely recorded at the WXPN FM radio studios in Philadelphia, 1974-5.

Sun Ra And His Astro-Galactic-Infinity-Arkestra - Dark Myth Equation Visitation (2020)

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Sun Ra And His Astro-Galactic-Infinity-Arkestra - Dark Myth Equation Visitation (2020)

Sun Ra And His Astro-Galactic-Infinity-Arkestra - Dark Myth Equation Visitation (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 213 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 93 Mb | 00:40:38
Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band | Label: Strut Records

Following on immediately, Dark Myth Visitation Equation might be better known to some as Sun Ra In Egypt Vol.1 or alternatively, Nature's God. It's an album based in part on a Cairo TV broadcast, and the general tone of the record tends to eschew electronics in favour of the Arkestra's more conventional cosmic shuffle. Finishing off the album is the highly surreal 'Why Go To The Moon?', Sun Ra's equivalent of a three-minute pop song, drawing on a weird gospel feel and the usual interplanetary subject matter.

Sun Ra Arkestra - Swirling (2020)

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Sun Ra Arkestra - Swirling (2020)

Sun Ra Arkestra - Swirling (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 569 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 214 Mb | 01:33:06
Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band | Label: Strut Records

The planets align as the mighty Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of the maestro Marshall Allen, are releasing their first studio album in over twenty years, ‘Swirling’.

Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Unity: Live at Storyville NYC Oct 1977 (2020)

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Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Unity: Live at Storyville NYC Oct 1977 (2020)

Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Unity Live at Storyville NYC Oct 1977 (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 503 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 195 Mb | 01:25:00
Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band | Label: Sun Ra Music

Recorded live at Storyville jazz club, New York, October 24 & 29, 1977. Quite simply one of Sun Ra's best live albums. This rare recording (originally on Horo records) finds Ra, along with a 19-piece Arkestra, playing a mix of his own compositions ('Images' and 'Lights') along with several jazz standards (including Jelly Roll Morton's 'King Porter Stomp' and Duke Ellington's 'Lightnin''). While Ra's own compositions were usually more avant-garde affairs, he always revelled in playing the classics as well in an effort to give his audience a lesson in jazz history."

Vienna Art Orchestra - Concerto Piccolo (1980) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - Concerto Piccolo (1980) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - Concerto Piccolo (1980)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:34
Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: Hat ART | # hat ART CD 6038

Recorded live at the Zurich Jazz Festival in 1980, this was America's first taste of the wild abandon that is the Vienna Art Orchestra and expatriate Lauren Newton's glorious vocal instrument. This is a 13-piece big band led by the beautifully weird compositional, instructional, and arranging craziness of Mathias Rüegg. They trash and revere all traditions – both historical and avant-garde at the same time – while using them both along with carnival and circus music, classical forms and fugues, and French salon music. They swing here like a Mingus big band playing "Jelly Roll, But Mingus Rolls Better," with soloists who could care less what the ensemble chart says and vice versa. Newton, mixed high above the prattle, soars with the intensity of a pianist while blowing Jon Hendricks away at his own game. The fun really begins when the ensemble changes tempos two or three times and sections play against each other as in "Concerto Piccolo," even if begun by the lilting line of the title's instrument.

Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords (2020)

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Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords (2020)

Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 508 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 226 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:36:04
Jazz, Post-Bop, Experimental Big Band | Label: ArtistShare

NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider creates music that critics describe as “heartstoppingly gorgeous and beyond categorization.” With her orchestra, she introduces her bold new piece, Data Lords, which explores life simultaneously being lived through the natural and digital worlds.

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Faces of Souls (2020)

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Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Faces of Souls (2020)

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra - Faces of Souls (2020)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 295 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | 01:10:16
Experimental Big Band, Avant-Garde Jazz | Label: Leo Records

This is the tenth CD by the 20-piece strong Aardvark Jazz Orchestra for Leo Records. Now in its 48th season, it's one of the longest continuously operating jazz orchestras in the world which is an incredible achievement of Mark Harvey, founder, music director, conductor, composer and a trumpet player. The music by Mark Harvey is grounded in large-scale structures that allow for solo and ensemble improvisation while cross-referencing textures, cordal and corale complexes, and rhythmic motifs. The spirit of Charles Ives hover over all of this, as elements emerge, merge, then fade away, as the tangible becomes intangible.

Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra - If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours (2020)

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Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra - If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours (2020)

Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra - If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 434.16 Mb | 01:05:29 | Cover
Experimental Big Band | Label: Odin Records (Norway) - ODIN 9572

Fasten your seat belt, please. Get ready for the full tilt, barely tamed, beautiful monster that is Gard Nilssen’s sixteen-piece Supersonic Orchestra. Audacious and experimentalist, like everything the Norwegian drummer and composer touches, Supersonic flouts convention and, in particular, realigns the longstanding relationship between pre-composition and improvisation in orchestral jazz. If You Listen Carefully The Music Is Yours, its debut, was recorded live at the adventurous Molde International Jazz Festival in 2019, where Nilssen was Artist in Residence. The band’s uniquely configured, all-star lineup features three drummers, three double bassists and ten horn players, most of them saxophonists. It is a big band, Jim, but not as we know it.

Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Suite (2008) [Re-Up]

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Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Suite (2008) [Re-Up]

Steven Bernstein - Diaspora Suite (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 424 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:11
Modern Creative, Experimental Big Band, Jazz-Rock, Fusion | Label: Tzadik | # TZ 8122

With groups like Sex Mob, Millennial Territory Orchestra and Diaspora Soul, Steven Bernstein is energizing the downtown scene with a passionate and indefatigable creativity. His brilliance continues with Diaspora Suite, the fourth installment in his Diaspora series for Tzadik and perhaps the best! Twelve original compositions exploring the Jewish tradition are brilliantly performed by a nonet of California musicians including Ben Goldberg, Peter Apfelbaum and several key players from his legendary band the Hieroglyphics. Channeling Miles Davis, Gil Evans and the Sephardic traditions of Darkness and Light, this is fabulous new Jewish music by one of the most talented and charismatic figures in the downtown scene.

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: Hat Hut | # hat ART CD 6024 | 01:15:11

Mathias Rüegg's Vienna Art Orchestra had always been an eclectic bunch, working in the odd jazz or classical cover into its repertoire with some regularity, but for this release, the ensemble went whole hog, leaping into the oeuvre of that grandfather of minimalism, Erik Satie. Originally issued as a two-LP set, every track (save one evocative Gil Evans-y piece by Rüegg) is a Satie composition rearranged, often brilliantly, and generally highlighting two or three individual VAO members. This reductionist technique serves the band well, as it has often had a tendency toward weighty ponderousness. Here, the arrangements are light and linear, affording a supple but transparent platform for the soloists, who are clearly encouraged to venture out into jazzy territory.

Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 482 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: TCB | # 20052 | Time: 01:13:58

From Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin to Mahler and Bartok, European classical music has been a source of inspiration to numerous jazz musicians. The 19th Century compositions of the Strauss family are the subject of All That Strauss, which documents a New Year's 2000 concert by the Vienna Art Orchestra–one of Europe's most adventurous big bands. It is quite appropriate that this Strauss tribute concert was performed in Vienna and that the orchestra has Vienna in its name; for many classical greats have lived in Austria's largest city, including Johann and Eduard Strauss. While the Vienna Art Orchestra's love of the Strauss legacy is obvious, the band doesn't treat its compositions like museum pieces. Instead, time-honored compositions like "Donauwalzer," "Albion Polka," "Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien" and "Lagunen Walzer" are given serious jazz makeovers, and arranger Mathias Rüegg sees to it that the orchestra takes a lot of chances with the material.