• 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 ...
  • Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid

    Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid

    This pristine vinyl reissue of MJQ’s 1960 Pyramid will be welcomed by all who value the most exalted productions of midcentury-modern artistry. It’s also an ideal demonstration of what made the group—here just the four ...
  • Four New ECM LPs on Vinyl

    Four New ECM LPs on Vinyl

    The mechanics of listening to an LP—removing the vinyl platter from the sleeve, placing it on the turntable, perhaps locking it down, moving the arm over, and lowering the cartridge and stylus—impose an unhurried experience. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

    Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

    This fine recording was somewhat overlooked when it first appeared in 1973, and the same fate may await this reissue, given the fact that several other notable Monk-related releases are vying for attention during this ...

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