• “Bird” Takes Flight

    “Bird” Takes Flight

    Listeners with a casual interest in Charlie Parker and the birth of bebop might neither require nor tolerate the plethora of alternate and incomplete takes and false starts that occupy valuable audio real estate on ...
  • From a Tender Age

    From a Tender Age

    Shostakovich’s First Piano Trio—more romantic than you might expect—is light on dissonance and angst. He wrote it at 17, but only after his death was it rediscovered and the last 22 bars filled in. It ...
  • Sam Butler: Raise Your Hands!

    Sam Butler: Raise Your Hands!

    After 40 years as guitarist for the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Butler steps out with his solo debut, a stripped-down set of 12 songs by spiritually-bent secular artists. There are no vocal harmonies, horns, ...
  • The Move to Make Hi-Res Mainstream

    The Move to Make Hi-Res Mainstream

    The consumer-electronics industry and the record companies see high-resolution digital audio as an opportunity to deliver better sound quality to music listeners, and thus attract a larger audience. Toward that end, Sony, Universal Music Group, ...
  • Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop

    Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop

    In cornetist Josh Berman, a key figure in Chicago’s fertile free improv scene of the early 21st century, one hears the playful irreverence of a Lester Bowie (“Blues,” “Today’s Date”) and the divine hipness of ...
  • Tartini: Secondo natura

    Tartini: Secondo natura

    The Italian violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini absorbed the ideals of the Enlightenment, concluding that music was a manifestation of the natural order. Sigurd Imsen’s program of three Tartini chamber works—the Sonata in F Major, ...
  • MQA Now Available on Bluesound

    MQA Now Available on Bluesound

    The following is a press release issued by Bluesound. TORONTO, Canada | June 1, 2016 – Bluesound, a leading manufacturer of wireless multi-room music systems, announced today that MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) music will be ...
  • Phish: Rift

    Phish: Rift

    Toward the end of last year Phish released limited and numbered LPs of some of their early records, including 1993’s Rift, a concept album tracking a man’s dreams about the rift in his relationship—not quite ...

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