Friday, June 12, 2009

HDtracks offers free download
of Jazz and Blues Experience

From the Department of "Everyone Likes Free Stuff": The Web site HDtracks, which specializes in high-resolution music downloading, is offering a sampler album called Jazz & Blues Experience as a free download. The sampler features material from the Palmetto, Koch, Analogue, Light Without Heat, and Chesky Records labels, with tracks from organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, Harry “Big Daddy” Hypolite, guitarist Steve Vai, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, and percussionist Babatunde Olatunji.

You can download Jazz & Blues Experience here. Caveat lector: Though there's no charge for the download, HDtracks asks that you register as a member on their site, which requires giving them an email address.

Founded by composer David Chesky and his brother Norman Chesky of Chesky Records, HDtracks offers downloads from many musical genres in AIFF and FLAC formats, as well as MP3s, all with cover artwork and full, descriptive PDF liner notes.

The site features music from a number of jazz and blues labels; in addition to the above, HDtracks has music from the St. Louis-based MAXJAZZ label and John Zorn's Tzadik imprint, as well as ECM, Sunnyside, Hyena, Cryptogramophone, New World, BHM Productions, Evidence, HipBop, Favored Nations, Storyville, New Albion, DRG, Alligator, and more.

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