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  1. The end of the year is near. What was your top 3 best Hi Rez Download purchases in 2013,and where did you buy/download them? And why are those three your top picks. My top 3: 1. Carmen Gomes Inc.''Thousand Shades of Blue'' Carmen Gomes Inc.- SSS no.1 2. Doug Macleod.''There's a Time'' There's A Time | HDtracks - The World's Greatest-Sounding Music Downloads 3.Keith Jarrett.''Somewhere'' Somewhere (Live In Lucerne / 2009) - Top 25 Jazz Albums | HDtracks - The World's Greatest-Sounding Music Downloads To my own surprise, after careful listening, I do place both the Carmen Gomes as well as the Dough Macleod album above the absolutely excellent Keith Jarrett ECM album. Maybe it is the surprise that 2 relatively small labels,Reference Recordings and Sound Liaison, can produce such great albums,sound quality wise,that influence that decision. Musically the albums are very different: Macleod continuous the acoustic blues tradition with tales of modern life or life as he sees it. Gomes mixes up Jazz and Pop tunes with beautiful originals in a surprisingly fresh and unique blend of the different genres: jazz,blues,pop and world music,and what a voice! Jarrett's trio is in top form,keeping the Jazz piano trio alive,telepathic musical communication. All of the musicians are masters in their own right,and that btw. is a big contribution to the excellent sound of these albums,we are talking real musical instruments here. All three albums has sound wise a lot in common, in that they are all live or at least one room recordings with no possibility for overdubs.And they all have that ''gel'' to the sound that is missing from so many of the modern recordings. The Jarrett album was recorded live in a concert hall in Lucerne, the Macleod at the stage in George Lucas' studio with no bass,vocal or drum both,''just 3 musicians playing as if doing a gig.'' and Carmen Gomes in the legendary studio 11, in the Netherlands, in front of a small audience, no head phones, and the musicians playing very quiet in order to hear each other.
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