• The 1960s Folk Music Revival

    The 1960s Folk Music Revival

    The current popularity of “Americana” is only the most recent phase in the long history of American folk music. Indeed the folk music in and of our country has been “discovered,” or “revived,” several times ...
  • Head, Heart, and Hands

    Head, Heart, and Hands

    Allan Moulton is North American Sales Manager at U.S.-based equipment distributor Musical Surroundings. Why do people still listen to records? It’s the question instinctively asked by nearly all those outside our hobby (and many within) ...
  • Charles Mingus: The Clown

    Charles Mingus: The Clown

    Charles Mingus’ ascension from bebop sideman through cool-school/Third Stream experimenter to his position as one of the greatest composer/leaders in the jazz pantheon had been completed by the time of this, his second session for ...
  • primephonic

    primephonic

    Generally speaking, audiophiles like to own their music. Borrowing from a vast and undifferentiated stream with practically limitless choices just doesn’t sit right—at least not as the only option. We tend to grow our music ...
  • Gil Evans: Gil Evans & Ten

    Gil Evans: Gil Evans & Ten

    Part of Analogue Productions’ series of 25 of the rarest and best sounding Prestige titles recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, this important reissue dates to 1957 and presents for the first time on vinyl in ...
  • Musica Nuda: Little Wonder

    Musica Nuda: Little Wonder

    If duets pairing double bass and female jazz vocals have become more widely accepted since the days when Sheila Jordan struggled to find work with that lineup, that may be because more people have realized ...
  • Three Duruflé Requiems

    Three Duruflé Requiems

    A glance at the sheet music for Duruflé’s Requiem suggests a complex, contorted, and inaccessible work. Time signatures, for instance, shift on a measure-by-measure basis. Yet when you listen to this choral masterwork—the most poignant ...
  • Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    The sessions for John Wesley Harding took place in Columbia’s Nashville recording studios, where most of Bob Dylan’s previous album, Blonde on Blonde, was also recorded. Bob Johnston was again the producer, and the core ...
  • Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    The Fifth Century, a 42-minute work for choir and saxophone quartet by the English composer Gavin Bryars (b.1963), has been described as “music that makes eternity audible.” Bryars sets texts by the lesser-known 17th-century metaphysical ...
  • Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

    Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince

    For a jazz album, Kamasi Washington’s The Epic drew an unusually wide audience after its release in 2015. The four musicians at the core of Planetary Prince—pianist and leader Cameron Graves, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., ...

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