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Concord Records gathers 16 tracks from his brief period on Improv into a single collection, Tony Bennett.These tracks capture the moment in Tony Bennett’s career when he had complete artistic freedom.



Flac | 231 MB | FSo | US



Recorded in New York just after the trauma of 9/11, Espíritu Vivo marries Susana Baca’s wonderfully airy vocals and her usual Peruvian backing band with the downtown N.Y.C. sounds of John Medeski and guitarist Marc Ribot — and it proves to be a wonderful union indeed. Recorded before a small invited audience, this has the immediacy of a live album, with the benefits of the studio, a superb balance of instruments.

Flac | 316 MB | US

Rolf Wikstrom (Guitar, Vocals)
Tony McClung (Drums)
Mark Frye (Bass, Fender Rhodes)
Dave DeWitt (Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer and piano)

mp3 320 kbps | 119 MB | FSo | US

This definitive, career spanning album was recorded on Robert Randolph & the Family Band’s recent U.S. tour and marks the group’s first live collection since their 2002 debut album, Live at the Wetlands. It will include such Robert Randolph & the Family Band classics as “Squeeze” and “If I Had My Way.” The latter features Blind Boys Of Alabama’s Joey Williams, who also guests on Prince’s “Walk Don’t Walk.” Susan Tedeschi, Ryan Shaw, Chuck Campbell and Nigel Hall join in on the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” while Shaw, Tommy Sims, Ryan Scott and The Monophonic Horns guest on Earth, Wind & Fire’s classic “Shining Star.” The collection also includes a tour de force version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”

mp3 160 kbps | 79 MB | FSo | US

01. The Black Keys – Dearest
02. Jon Brion – Everyday
03. Paul McCartney – It’s So Easy
04. Florence + the Machine – Not Fade Away
05. Cee Lo Green – (You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care
06. Karen Elson – Crying, Waiting, Hoping
07. Julian Casablancas – Rave On
08. Jenny O – I’m Gonna Love You Too
09. Justin Townes Earle – Maybe Bayb
10. She & Him – Oh Boy!
11. Nick Lowe – Changing All Those Changes
12. Patti Smith – Words of Love
13. My Morning Jacket – True Love Ways
14. Modest Mouse – That’ll Be the Day
15. Kid Rock – Well All Right
16. The Detroit Cobras – Heartbeat
17. Lou Reed – Peggy Sue
18. John Doe – Peggy Sue Got Married
19. Graham Nash – Raining In My Heart

Flac | 322 MB | FSo

01 Busi Mhlongo Yehlisan’ Umoya Ma Afrika (South Africa)
02 Lëk Sén Rebel Blues (Senegal)
03 9ice Alapomeji Anthem (Nigeria)
04 Issa Bagayogo Kalan Nege (Mali)
05 Fredy Massamba Zonza (Congo)
06 Yode & Siro Quel est Mon Pays (Ivory Coast)
07 Donso Mogoya (Mali)
08 Adama Yalomba Africa (Mali)
09 Afro Fiesta Baweli (Congo)
10 Vieux Farka Toure Wosoubour (Mali)
11 Les Barons Lagos Sound System (France)

Flac | 280 MB | FSo

Released to coincide with the iconic folksinger’s 2011 memoir, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Bohemian finds Judy Collins revisiting the late-’60s California music scene. Driven by her signature effortless soprano, the album features four new original cuts (“Morocco,” “Wings of Angels,” “In the Twilight,” and “Big Sur”) along with seven covers, including “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Joni Mitchell’s “Cactus Tree,” the latter of which finds the seemingly ageless Collins sharing vocal duties with Shawn Colvin. Elsewhere, Collins deftly tackles the Woody Guthrie workers ballad “Pastures of Plenty” and Jimmy Webb’s lively “Campo de Encino,” and offers up a lovely and austere rendition of the traditional lullaby “All the Pretty Horses.”

mp3 256 kbps | 77 MB | FSo | DF | US

With Kota Hora (Time wise), Bonga presents the state of his native Angola found that after having been long away. We hear a bonus two duets: “Dikanga” with Agnes Jaoui and “Angola”, performed in 2010 with Bernard Allison in lost causes, and tropical music of the French singer .

mp3 320 kbps | 94 MB | FSo | DF | US

Exile’ is the new Charalambides album. Five years in the making, it was recorded between 2006 and 2010 in various locations in New Hampshire, western Massachusetts and New York City, mixed at Black Dirt Studios, and mastered at Sand with Paul Gold. The group remains the core duo of Christina and Tom Carter, with contributions on one track by the string section of Helena Espvall and Margarida Garcia.Deeply imbued with the full historical spectrum of American folk and blues song form, ‘Exile’ is a tapestry of suppliant invocations directed at the heart of the unseen spiritual forces surrounding us. Dense arrangements and thickly-overdubbed tracks sit side-by-side with material that ranks among the sparest and most skeletal the group has recorded, giving ‘Exile’ the psychic scope of their classic Market Square album while building on the remnements of the more recent ‘Likeness’ and ‘A Vintage Burden’ releases.This album quite coincidentally marks Charalambides’ 20th anniversary, as it was the fall of 1991 when they first started playing, and they made their live debut in December of that year. Since their last album, Tom Carter has released a series of collaborations and solo works on a wide array of labels, while Christina Carter has been steadily releasing her solo work through labels including her own Many Breaths imprint.

mp3 160 kbps | 88 MB | FSo | DF | US

The Ring Trio s combination of Fender Rhodes, a jazz drum set and an upright bass can be seen in bands like Cinematic Orchestra, Beady Belle and Bonobo and is typical for young urban music culture. The Trio of youthful German musicians is expanded to a seven-piece Ring Ensemble for their Enja debut, a unique mix of jazz and baroque.

Simon Slowik -  fender rhodes, electronics, compositions
Felix-Otto Jacobi -  double bass
Demian Kappenstein -  drums, percussion
Ulrike Slowik – violin
Raquel Massadas  – viola
Diethart Krause – viola da gamba, violoncello
Andreas Arend  – lute, theorbo

mp3 128 kbps | 43 MB | FSo | DF | US

The jazz-funk trio, Medeski Martin & Wood have been together for over 20 years. To celebrate the career milestone, the group — made up of John Medeski on keyboards, Billy Martin on drums and Chris Wood on bass — has decided this would be a good year to work harder than ever.Since March, the trio has put out two never-released tracks every month exclusively online as part of their 20 project.

mp3 320 kbps | 287 MB | FSo | DF | US


01. Afrika (feat. Angelique Kidjo)
02. Fat Bach and Greens (feat. Regina Carter)
03. Consider Me Gone (feat. Sting)
04. Guajeo Y Tumbao (feat. Eddie Palmieri)
05. Baubles, Bangles and Beads (feat. Roy Hargrove)
06. Spiritual (feat. Dr. Billy Taylor)
07. It’s Your Thing (feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater)
08. Alone Together (feat. Hank Jones)
09. McDukey Blues (feat. George Duke)
10. Tango Improvisation #1 (feat. Chick Corea)
11. Sister Rosa (feat. Russell Malone)
12. Shake ‘n Blake (feat. Ron Blake)
13. Chitilins and Gelitefish (feat. Gina Gershon)

Flac | 328 MB | FSo | DF | US


Jerry Douglas – dobros,lapsteel guitar
Luke Bulla – violin
Todd Parks – bass
Kirby Shelstadt – percussion
Guthrie Trapp – guitar
Doug Belote – drums
Maura O`Сonnell, Nola Douglas,”Tom Wa…” – vocals


01. The First Noel
02. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
03. All Through The Night
04. New Year`s Eve
05. Do You Hear What I Hear?
06. Santa Claus is Coming To Town
07. In The Bleak Midwinter
08. Christmas Time Is Here
09. O Holy Night
10. Mary, Did You Know?
11. Maui Christmas
12. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

Flac | 230 MB | FSo | DF

Into the second decade of the 21st century, British violinist continues his commitment to both the classical and jazz worlds, and to frequently mixing them. His 2011 album The Four Elements is an example of his blending of a variety of music styles, including Celtic and Gypsy fiddling, but the jazz and rock elements are the strongest, by far. The piece is scored for violin and electric violin accompanied by members of the Orchestra of Life, a group that includes vocalists, keyboards, guitars, percussion, trumpet, and strings. (Besides the violins, Kennedy also plays Hammond organ, guitar, percussion, and sings.) Kennedy wrote the Overture, the first movement of the six-movement suite (and the Encore), but on the other movements, he lists the duo Sahreal, Xantoné Blacq, and Zee Gachette (aka Z-Star), all vocalists on the album, as collaborators. The tone of the music is consistently upbeat, irreverent, and fun, and it ranges from the meditative (Air) to the wildly celebratory (Fire). Kennedy is in top form and negotiates the virtuoso part he has written for himself with high energy and a sweet, full tone. Decca’s sound is richly detailed and immediate. The album will be essential listening for fans of Kennedy’s earlier forays into pop.

mp3 320 kbps | 137 MB | FSo | DF | US

“The Hurley Sea” is already in the title of his nearly best metaphor. The sea. Here and there, curling and foaming, it carries melancholy to the bank and takes her back. This album sounds like a day that is not sun flooded the scene, but still radiates from the inside out. Olsen and the Hurley Sea play a very delicate, almost fragile and impress through melodies that have the vocals swims like a lifeboat. Guitar, harmonica and vocals give it unerringly seems as if they had successfully learned in the Neil Young school. Even the last spark of its insignificance of individual songs is lost with time, so that at the end of an even better fitting image remains dented shoes, whose support the rhythmic intensity of this music night riding. “

mp3 320 kbps | 104 MB | FSo | DF

Hayley Griffiths has already enjoyed success after featuring in two world tours for Riverdance (lead singer) and Lord of the Dance (as Erin the Goddess), but 2010 saw the launch of her recording career. For her debut album Griffiths writes her own material, and whilst there is some celtic influence (especially in the production and vocal interpretation) her sound has a more modern new age ring to it. Silver Screen sits on the pop side of crossover, with only her pure soprano to hint at anything classical.Her vocal layering and Riverdance-esque production would make her appealing to Celtic Woman fans. The album won the Classical Crossover Album of the Year in 2010. Her second album, Celtic Rose, is much more traditional and typical of classical crossover, but unlike her debut it gives her pure soprano a chance to really shine with understated arrangements and strong vocal performances. Despite the lack of a major record label, Griffiths image and sound are as slick and polished as they can be, and better still she is free to express herself and explore her own sound, which is vital for a genre that is so often set to its tried and tested formula.

mp3 256 kbps | 99 MB | FSo | DF | US

Doing “a Frank Ocean”, here Austin’s White Denim give an official release to an album that was given away for free via the band’s website in 2010. They have good timing – this year’s album, D, should rank highly on many end-of-year lists, and their astounding live show is earning them an increasingly devout fanbase. But this isn’t exactly an entry point. As a collection of songs they’ve been working on since they formed in 2006, it is, predictably, less concise than the band’s other albums, and in places it veers towards noodling of the uncharming variety. But it’s an intriguing sketchbook of ideas and, on the likes of I’d Have It Just the Way We Were and Shy Billy, it’s surprisingly fully formed.

mp3 VBR~247 kbps | 81 MB | FSo | DF | US

Disc: 1
1. That Old Time Feeling (Rodney Crowell)
2. Anyhow I Love You (Lyle Lovett)
3. All He Wants Is You (Shawn Colvin)
4. Homeless (Shawn Camp)
5. Broken Hearted People (Ron Sexsmith)
6. Better Days (Rosanne Cash)
7. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train (Willie Nelson)
8. Baby Took A Limo To Memphis (Rosie Flores)
9. Magdalene (Kevin Welch)
10. Instant Coffee Blues (Suzy Bogguss)
11. Homegrown Tomatoes (Ray Wylie Hubbard)
12. Let Him Roll (John Townes Van Zandt II)
13. The Guitar (Ramblin Jack Elliott)
14. Cold Dog Soup (James McMurtry)
15. Worry B Gone (Hayes Carll)

Disc: 2
1. Dublin Blues (Joe Ely)
2. Magnolia Wind (Emmylou Harris & John Prine)
3. The Last Gunfighter Ballad (Steve Earle)
4. All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad (Verlon Thompson)
5. The Dark (Terri Hendrix)
6. LA Freeway (Radney Foster)
7. The Cape (Patty Griffin)
8. Hemingway s Whiskey (Kris Kristofferson)
9. Texas Cookin (Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott & Tim O Brien)
10. Stuff That Works (Jack Ingram)
11. Randall Knife (Vince Gill)
12. Texas 1947 (Robert Earl Keen)
13. Old Friends (Terry Allen)
14. She Ain t Goin Nowhere (The Trishas)
15. My Favorite Picture of You (Jerry Jeff Walker)

mp3 128 kbps | 121 MB | FSo | DSUS