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John Zorn - The Classic Guide to Strategy (1996)

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John Zorn - The Classic Guide to Strategy (1996)

John Zorn - The Classic Guide to Strategy (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 211 Mb
Label: Tzadic | # TZ7305 | Time: 01:17:58 | Scans included
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Improvisation, Modern Composition

The Classic Guide to Strategy is a compilation album by John Zorn featuring his two early solo records The Classic Guide to Strategy Volume One (1983), (tracks 1-2) and the Classic Guide to Strategy Volume Two (1985), (tracks 3-8). The albums were first released on vinyl on Lumina Records in and later re-released on Tzadik Records in 1996 as a single CD.

Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen - UNIKO (2011)

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Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen - UNIKO (2011)

Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen - UNIKO (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Modern Composition, Experimental, Avant-Garde | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1185-2 | 00:51:47

UNIKO features the Grammy winning Kronos Quartet together with a Finnish duo, accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. Produced by Iceland's Valgeir Sigurosson, known for his collaboration with Bjork, this album was recorded at Avatar Studios in NYC. UNIKO was commissioned by Kronos in 2003 and premiered live at the Helsinki Festival in 2004. It has subsequently drawn sellout audiences in Moscow, Molde (Norway), and New York at the 2007 BAM NEXT WAVE Festival. UNIKO is highlighted by Pohjonen's electrified and MIDI-fied accordion with Kosminen's electronic percussion devices which reproduce his own accordion samples and his samples of Kronos' instruments. These samples, together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations create a new, multi-dimensional sound world.

John Surman - Coruscating (2000)

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John Surman - Coruscating (2000)

John Surman - Coruscating (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 1702, 543 033-2 | Time: 00:53:59
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Composition

British multireed player John Surman has enjoyed a long career, making significant marks in free jazz, modal, and fusion, and also developing his own distinctive blend of folk and jazz elements. His ability to bridge styles has even extended to 1999's treatment of Renaissance-era composer John Dowland's songs, In Darkness Let Me Dwell with the Hilliard Ensemble's John Potter. Coruscating is another unusual venture, with Surman and regular associate bassist Chris Laurence improvising on eight of Surman's compositions with the string quartet Trans4mation. There's a seamless beauty here, composition and improvisation becoming one. Beginning with the baroque clarity of melody on "At Dusk," Coruscating develops often dark, looming textures. While Surman has made his baritone fly, here he emphasizes intense lyricism, whether with a true, full-bodied, baritone sound or a light upper register. "Stone Flower" is dedicated to the great Ellington baritonist Harry Carney, and Surman's breathy, overtone-rich sound invokes Carney's own recordings with strings.

John Surman - Private City (1988)

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John Surman - Private City (1988)

John Surman - Private City (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 186 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Covers included | 00:43:42
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Composition | Label: ECM | # ECM 1366, 835 780-2Y

English multi-instrumentalist John Surman has been known on a worldwide level, but never recognized as he deserved to be in the United States. A collaboration with John McLaughlin, or fellow Brits on the fusion or free jazz scene increased his cache a bit, but being a part of the ECM label had to have increased his visibility to a larger degree. This quite different recording of overdubbed woodwind and electronics has a suitable palate and soundscape profile for the European label, enhanced by the immaculate production values of the Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway, and fortified by Surman's heady and spacy revelations on this project of deep, introspective, and divine music. At his most heartfelt from the outset, a haunting refrain with flutes and recorder above synthesizers underpins a lilting bass clarinet melody on "Portrait of a Romantic," while the reverse sentiment of emptiness in a Terry Riley or Cluster like minimalism identifies "Not Love Perhaps" under Surman's soprano sax. "Roundelay" is stunning and unique to this set, with bass clarinet as an ostinato bass, buoying a full array of overdubbed saxophones sounding like an interactive quartet in a laid-back frame of sheer beauty.

John Zorn - Godard / Spillane (1999) [Re-Up]

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John Zorn - Godard / Spillane (1999) [Re-Up]

John Zorn - Godard/Spillane (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 300 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 00:50:05
Avant-Garde Jazz, Structured Improvisation, Modern Composition | Label: Tzadik | # TZ 7324

Godard/Spillane is a compilation album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn consisting of music created through Zorn's file-card compositional process. He first released the composition "Godard", a tribute to French film-maker Jean-Luc Godard whose jump-cut technique inspired Zorn's compositional approach, on the French tribute album The Godard Fans: Godard Ca Vous Chante? in 1986, "Spillane was first released on Zorn's Nonesuch Records album Spillane in 1987 and "Blues Noel" was first released on the compilation album Joyeux Noel - Merry Christmas Everybody! on the French Nato label in 1987.

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998) [Re-Up]

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Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998) [Re-Up]

Richard Galliano - French Touch (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:37
Post-Bop, Tango, Modern Composition | Label: Disques Dreyfus | # FDM 36596-2

Tango accordion has a clear icon in the late Astor Piazzolla, but these days Richard Galliano is making a strong case for being the premier jazz accordionist. He's as lyrical as one needs, swings like mad, or brings tempos down to a sensual jog with passion and soul. When called upon, he can play a gut-wrenching tango or two himself. For this effort he's joined by two different crack rhythm sections, the brilliant Jean-François Jenny-Clark and Daniel Humair (seven tracks), or the slightly cut below Remi Vignolo and Andre Ceccarelli (four tracks), bass and drums respectively. It's not hard to hear a distinctly French but improvisationally Americanized sound. The lone standard, "You Must Believe in Spring", is one of many waltzes, but this one jumps from second to fifth gear, Galliano rapidly flying through the changes. The title track is also quick, with "Augusta" more a sprightly 3/4, while "L'Envers du Décor" is an easier modal three beat. Nods to Brazilian Hermeto Pascoal are heard on his composition "Bébé" and the mallets on drums and heavy conga beat-based fanfare and theme of "Passarinho".

Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

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Rosamunde Quartett, Thomas Demenga, Christoph Poppen, Andrea Lauren Brown - Thomas Larcher: IXXU (2006)

Thomas Larcher - IXXU (2006)
Rosamunde Quartett; Thomas Demenga, violoncello;
Christoph Poppen, violin; Andrea Lauren Brown, soprano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1967, 476 3156 | Time: 00:53:57
Classical, Contemporary, Modern Composition

The four chamber works by Austrian Thomas Larcher recorded here show that's he's a composer to watch out for. His compositional voice is strikingly unencumbered by adherence to any orthodoxy, and his work is direct in its emotional and intellectual communication. My Illness Is the Medicine I Need, for soprano, violin, cello, and piano, is particularly effective; its aphoristic texts come from a Benetton "Colors" magazine that included photographs of psychiatric hospitals and quotations from their patients. Larcher's understated text setting allows the voices of the patients to be heard with unaffected bleakness and it is strongly moving. Even though it uses a contemporary harmonic language, the string quartet Ixxu (1998-2004) is old-fashioned in its emotional clarity. Its last movement, "ruhig," is genuinely peaceful and brings to mind the serenity of Arvo Pärt's Fratres. His 1990 quartet Cold Farmer is similarly direct and generous in inviting the listener in, and here again the slow movement is especially deeply felt and engaging.

Eric Serra - Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue): Version Integrale - Bande Originale Du Film (1988) 2 CDs

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Eric Serra - Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue): Version Integrale - Bande Originale Du Film (1988) 2 CDs

Éric Serra - Le Grand Bleu: Version Intégrale - Bande Originale Du Film (1988) 2 CDs
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 431 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 221 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Ambient, Modern Composition | Label: Virgin | # 0777 7877902 5 | 01:26:27

French composer Eric Serra is best known as a constant collaborator of Luc Besson, and Le Grand Bleu contains music that Serra wrote for Besson's feature film of the same name. This was their third collaboration.