• Thelonious Monk Quartet: Mønk

    Thelonious Monk Quartet: Mønk

    Though not as earthshaking as the recently rediscovered John Coltrane session (Both Directions at Once), this previously unreleased set also demands the attention of serious jazz fans, particularly audiophiles. The difference is that this is ...
  • Duck Times Three

    Duck Times Three

    Listening to Duck Baker’s jaunty, insightful interpretations of Thelonious Monk compositions on Duck Baker Plays Monk, my mind immediately conjured Bach. Meaning the way that hearing, say, a well-loved piece for solo violin transcribed to ...
  • John Williams at the Movies

    John Williams at the Movies

    Those listeners not totally convinced by the change in sonority from a full symphony orchestra including a substantial string section and a wind band should give this spectacular recording a serious audition. The principal reason ...
  • Meiko: Playing Favorites

    Meiko: Playing Favorites

    The best, most affecting singers tend to meet us at the intersection of Nuance and Intimacy Street, a corner the folk-leaning vocalist Meiko has clearly made her home. For this tight-knit collection of an even-dozen ...
  • Hamilton in High(er) Res

    Hamilton in High(er) Res

    Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording). HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (44.1/24) The situation on Broadway is lamentable. Theaters increasingly traffic in slick adaptations of popular books, movies, and characters, to which it applies a ...
  • Dust-to-Digital

    Dust-to-Digital

    In 2003, a cedar box appeared in my mailbox, with the words “Goodbye, Babylon” and an illustration of Babel’s famed tower on the front. I slid back the top of the box to find a ...
  • Run Out Groove

    Run Out Groove

    Formed in 2017, Run Out Groove is a vinyl-only and fan-engaged music label. Each month music lovers vote to decide which title will become the next limited edition one-time pressing. An imprint of Warner Music ...
  • Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    With his baritone voice, haunting melodies, brooding stage presence, and dark lyrics, Peter Murphy was tailor made to perform goth rock, a musical style he helped usher in while a member of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy—5 ...
  • Grant Green on Resonance

    Grant Green on Resonance

    After establishing an industry rep as the premier archival jazz label on the scene today through a string of previously unheard recordings by such jazz giants as Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Larry Young, ...
  • Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy honed his chops during the 1960s as house guitarist for the legendary Chess Records. The electric blue pioneer’s blistering chops have influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi ...
  • A Roon Primer

    A Roon Primer

    What Is Roon? Roon is a music playback and management software suite for digital audio components. There are many such products on the market, including iTunes and JRiver’s Media Center, but what makes Roon special ...
  • Bernstein: MASS

    Bernstein: MASS

    When Leonard Bernstein’s MASS was first performed in 1971, even many of the composer’s most devoted admirers weren’t sure what to make of it. (The Nixon administration was pretty sure, detecting strong antiwar and antiestablishment ...

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