Naxos Music Library adds Blue Note Jazz

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Naxos Music Library announced today the addition of Blue Note Records jazz recordings into their online collection. Everything from favorite standards to cutting edge experimental jazz. In addition Virgin Classics and the EMI Classical and Jazz catalogue is also being added to its streaming audio collection. On August 19th, more than 200 albums became available with the remainder of the 7,200 albums being added until the end of 2011. New releases will be added as they occur.

The legacy of the catalogue of these labels is made apparent by the ensembles, instrumentalists, vocalists and conductors that appear on their decades of recordings, including legendary performers such as Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Evgeny Kissin, Sir Simon Rattle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Maria Callas, Wilhelm Furtwängler, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bill Charlap, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and countless others. The documentation of great past performers as well as new releases on all three labels will serve as an invaluable educational tool to Naxos Music Library subscribers.

Naxos Music Library is mostly known for its classical musical collection, available for streaming online listening. Included in the more than 59,000 disks, however, are also folk, jazz, blues, gospel, and world music selections. Access is available to all UMass Lowell faculty, students, and staff, though be aware that due to cost restraints, there is a limit of 15 consecutive users. For this reason, when you are done using Naxos, PLEASE properly log out using the logout button on the top of the page so that your session can be made available to others. Thank you, and enjoy Blue Note Jazz on Naxos Music Library!

Naxos Spoken Word Library: Trial through May 31

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Naxos Music Library has provided UMass Lowell with trial access to its new Spoken Word Library now through May 31, 2011.

The Spoken Word Library brings online accessibility to the   Naxos AudioBooks catalog, which is a leading spoken word label, producing around 30 new titles a year and concentrating largely on literary classics and educational themes. The Spoken Word Library offers Naxos AudioBooks’ full range of recordings through online streaming using Adobe Flash. Many of the titles are also in text that can be followed on screen as the audio plays.

The library contains more than 410 titles – over 1,170 works and stories — consisting mostly of classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twentieth century, with unabridged titles from Shakespeare to James Joyce. In all, close to 340 authors, playwrights and poets are represented. Readers of the works include some of today’s biggest names, such as Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Juliet Stevenson and many others.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.