• Newvelle Begins Year Two

    Newvelle Begins Year Two

    The number of jazz releases on vinyl keeps growing, with recent developments including a wave of both new and reissued ECM titles receiving the wax treatment. Also, the subscription-based and vinyl-only New York/Paris label Newvelle ...
  • Long Live the Dead

    Long Live the Dead

    When Jerry Garcia passed away on August 9, 1995, it seemed to spell the end of…well, the Grateful Dead, for starters, and perhaps the spirit of a group who along with spawning countless splinter bands ...
  • Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • Vanessa Fernandez: When the Levee Breaks

    Vanessa Fernandez: When the Levee Breaks

    This album boasts top-notch production quality, including an all-analog recording, mastering by Bernie Grundman, and an all-star cast of studio musicians. Engineer Michael C. Ross’ claim that the LP—which boasts remarkably clean, transparent, and realistic ...
  • George Duke: The Era WIll Prevail

    George Duke: The Era WIll Prevail

    In 1966 the owner of Saba Records, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, entered a nightclub where he expected to hear Les McCann, but taking the stage that evening was another pianist, George Duke. Because of his performance, ...
  • New Jazz on Vinyl

    New Jazz on Vinyl

    We all know that vinyl records, once seemingly almost defunct, have experienced a spike in sales. With new music the resurgence has crossed many genres, but some still lag behind. In my survey of current ...
  • Prince, 1958–2016

    Prince, 1958–2016

    For pop music lovers, the early months of 2016 have not been good ones. It seems we were still absorbing the new of David Bowie’s death in January when, on April 21, we learned that ...
  • AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016 bore some resemblance to that scene in Yellow Submarine where, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo wander down a hallway, every door they open reveals something new and unexpected. For three days at ...
  • Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    Bossa Nova Keeps Its Cool

    On November 21, 1962, a concert took place at Carnegie Hall that featured a long list of Brazilian musicians who prior to that night had received limited recognition in the United States as well as ...
  • Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

    Steven Wilson is the last person you’d want to attend your high school reunion. He’s too much of an overachiever: his remixes (including surround sound) of such classic progressive-rock bands as Yes, King Crimson, and ...

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