• Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Matthew Shipp Trio: Root of Things

    Earlier this year, the prolific jazz pianist Matthew Shipp announced his intention to cut back on his domestic releases, noting how difficult it has become to get independent-label recordings, especially those categorized as avant-garde, to ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3

    Welcome to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #3! Sorry about the delay this week, I had some technical issues and this one didn’t post on time. The main picture is Jack White with one of his ...
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #2

    Welcome back to Sunday Morning Hi Fi, a weekly blog that celebrates high-end audio, discusses new gear, and seeks to discover great music. One of the pleasures I take on a Sunday morning is throwing ...
  • David Weiss: When Words Fail

    David Weiss: When Words Fail

    This trumpeter-composer-arranger and bandleader’s latest outing reflects the profound sense of personal loss he experienced in the past year. The bittersweet title track, which features some robust, probing tenor sax playing by Marcus Strickland, is ...
  • Yarlung Records Makes A Splash

    Yarlung Records Makes A Splash

    One of the pleasures of experiencing a second golden age of audio is witnessing all the ways record labels keep evolving. Take, for example, Yarlung Records, a California- based company that, when it was launched ...
  • Charlie Haden, 1937–2014

    Charlie Haden, 1937–2014

    The recent death of bassist Charlie Haden at age 76 was a huge blow to the jazz world. Along with losing a great musician, we lost an important spokesman for jazz, which to Haden was ...
  • Antonia Bennett to Release Debut CD

    Antonia Bennett to Release Debut CD

    “Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones. Now, Antonia Bennett can be added to the list of second-generation vocalists with the potential to rival an iconic parent’s pizzazz.”—Jazz Times “A captivating combination of contemporary and timeless, ...
  • Putting Some English on Jazz

    Putting Some English on Jazz

    Wouldn’t it be great if a music label celebrated the U.K.’s contribution to modern jazz and spotlighted some up-and-coming players as well? And what if that label took elaborate measures to ensure that the recordings ...
  • Pixel: We Are All Small Pixels

    Pixel: We Are All Small Pixels

    Pixel is a young Norwegian jazz quartet whose lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter, Ellen Andrea Wang, is adept at all those roles. Their sound combines jazz elements with a pop sensibility during the vocal ...
  • Rebirth at Bethlehem

    Rebirth at Bethlehem

    In an exciting development for jazz-loving audiophiles, Naxos has acquired the outstanding jazz catalog of Bethlehem Records, and has starting an ambitious release program that will see 25 titles back in circulation by this summer. ...
  •  A Blue Note Celebration

    A Blue Note Celebration

    Blue Note records is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. To help mark it, Ron Rambach of MusicMatters is remastering, together with Kevin Gray, twenty-five Blue Note albums at 33rpm, to accompany the numerous ones ...
  • Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

    As lead guitarist of Wilco, Nels Cline helps liberate Jeff Tweedy’s inner skronkmeister. In his Singers, with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, Cline works his sorcery amid fewer preset structures. Although he calls ...

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