Qobuz’s experts gather all the essentials of each genre. These albums have marked music history and become major landmarks.

With the Ideal Discography you (re)discover legendary recordings, all whilst building on your musical knowledge.

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French Music - Released April 8, 2003 | Believe

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French Music - Released January 1, 1974 | Believe

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Film Soundtracks - Released July 20, 2010 | Larghetto

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 3, 2014 | Talitres

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When the first album from Micah P. Hinson came out in 2004, the Americana crowd was shocked by the almost unnerving maturity from the pen of this young Memphis songwriter. An early spell in jail probably imparted a lot of precocious wisdom to this new bard with an odd baritone voice which is always lingering at the edges of tunefulness. Wrapped up in a fairly minimalist instrumentation punctuated with an echo to lift it up, this melancholy writing is rooted in his wild years. Not a thousand miles from Bright Eyes, Smog, Sparklehorse, Silver Jews, Lambchop or Willy Mason, Hinson consistently finds a killer melodic move, a little heady motif that adorns these stories of broken hearts: to stunning effect. He's a sharp melodist first and foremost, who sparingly injects drops of piano, cello, flute, melodica or organ into the hearts of these miniatures. Years after its release, Micah P. Hinson & The Gospel Of Progress remains an elegiac summit of timeless country-folk, just as sombre as it should be. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2013 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2013 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

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This languid, seductive gem may well be Grant Green's greatest moment on record. Right from the opening bars of the classic title cut, Idle Moments is immediately ingratiating and accessible, featuring some of Green's most stylish straight jazz playing. Whether he's running warm (pianist Duke Pearson's "Idle Moments"), cool (the Modern Jazz Quartet's "Django"), or a bit more up-tempo (Pearson's "Nomad," his own "Jean de Fleur"), Green treats the material with the graceful elegance that was the hallmark of his best hard bop sessions, and that quality achieves its fullest expression here. He's helped by an ensemble that, as a sextet, is slightly larger and fuller-sounding than usual, and there's plenty of room for solo explorations on the four extended pieces. Pearson's touch on the piano is typically warm, while two players best known on Blue Note for their modernist dates mellow out a bit -- the cool shimmer of Bobby Hutcherson's vibes is a marvelously effective addition to the atmosphere, while Joe Henderson plays with a husky, almost Ike Quebec-like breathiness. That cushion of support helps spur Green to some of the loveliest, most intimate performances of his career -- no matter what the tempo, it's as if his guitar is whispering secrets in your ear. It's especially true on the dreamy title track, though: a gorgeous, caressing, near-15-minute excursion that drifts softly along like a warm, starry summer night. Even more than the two-disc set The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark, Idle Moments is the essential first Green purchase, and some of the finest guitar jazz of the hard bop era. ~ Steve Huey

Jazz - Released January 27, 2014 | Ace Records

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The Third World is the initial session that mixed Gato Barbieri's free jazz tenor playing with Latin and Brazilian influences. It's also the album that brought Barbieri positive attention from the college crowds of the late '60s. He would expand on this musical combination with his next few Flying Dutchman releases as well as his first recordings for the Impulse! label. The records made between 1969 through 1974 find Barbieri creating a danceable yet fiery combination of South American rhythms and free jazz forcefulness. Strangely, once Barbieri signed with A&M, he began making commercial records geared to fans of Herb Alpert, sounding nothing like his earlier albums. ~ Al Campbell
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2013 | CM BLUE NOTE (A92)

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French Music - Released July 22, 2013 | Jacques Canetti Productions

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French Music - Released February 21, 2011 | Jacques Canetti Productions

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Concertos - Released July 3, 2012 | Naxos

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Africa - Released April 30, 2012 | Celluloïd

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Once upon a time there was a new music in what is now Zaire, in which almost anything could happen and probably did, so creative was the ferment. Among the mighty men who bestrode the musical landscape was one Antoine Moundanda, who mixed the sanza finger-piano with guitars and percussion, and lo, there was a sound of great joy, the like of which is rarely to be heard. The quirky genius Zao recently resurrected Moundanda and paired him with sax, flute, guitars and other soukousian elements of great quality, on equal terms. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music
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Classical - Released January 23, 2012 | naïve classique

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Impulse!

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Africa - Released March 28, 2011 | Bolibana

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Contemporary Jazz - Released September 1, 1991 | Saravah

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Contemporary Jazz - Released October 18, 2010 | Saravah

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 23, 1998 | Double H Production

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Jazz - Released February 9, 2010 | Space Time Records

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