• Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

    Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

    During their first go-round, a period bookended by 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill and 1980’s Gaucho, Steely Dan released a string of silver, gold, and platinum albums yet differed markedly from other best-selling artists from ...
  • 2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

    2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

    Josh Bizar has seen tremendous growth in the audiophile industry since 1999, when he started working for Music Direct, the online retailer of high-end audio, audiophile music (Mobile Fidelity), and accessories. At this year’s AXPONA ...
  • Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Launched just two years ago, Newvelle Records has already found its niche in both the jazz and audiophile worlds. The high production standards of this subscription-based vinyl-only outfit are manifested in album covers with gorgeous ...
  • Judee Sill: Heart Food

    Judee Sill: Heart Food

    Prostitution, drug addiction, and armed robbery were part of Judee Sill’s world before the folk singer-songwriter released two albums on Asylum in the early 1970s. Her demons were never permanently exorcised, and she died of ...
  • Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    Yuko Mabuchi Trio

    If the eponymous debut album by the Yuko Mabuchi Trio can be seen as a coming out party, it’s hard to imagine the musicians squeezing any more out of the event. The nearly hour-long set ...
  • Catching up with David Murray

    Catching up with David Murray

    In 1979 I attended a club performance by the original lineup of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, a quartet that, along with Peter Warren on bass and DeJohnette on drums, featured two horn players, one who ...
  • The Christmas Records

    The Christmas Records

    Beginning in 1963, The Beatles sent out a Christmas record every year to members of their fan clubs—or “Beatles people,” as they were called. In all, seven 7-inches appeared, and on December 15 Apple Corps ...
  • Legrand Jazz on Vinyl

    Legrand Jazz on Vinyl

    Legrand Jazz sold well after its release in 1959. Part of its success had to do with brand loyalty, as the leader of the album, who handpicked the musicians for three different recording sessions and ...
  • Where Art Meets Music

    Where Art Meets Music

    The first of its kind, 1977’s Album Cover Album was a popular coffee-table book that focused on LP covers without restrictions to musical genres or design. Of the books that followed, Blue Note: Album Cover ...
  • Catching Up with Ferit Odman

    Catching Up with Ferit Odman

    Many music fans discovered the drummer and band leader Ferit Odman in 2016, when his all-analog vinyl LP Dameronia with Strings impressed both audiophiles and jazz lovers. The record combined pristine sonics with performances that ...

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