• Newvelle Begins Year Two

    Newvelle Begins Year Two

    The number of jazz releases on vinyl keeps growing, with recent developments including a wave of both new and reissued ECM titles receiving the wax treatment. Also, the subscription-based and vinyl-only New York/Paris label Newvelle ...
  • Long Live the Dead

    Long Live the Dead

    When Jerry Garcia passed away on August 9, 1995, it seemed to spell the end of…well, the Grateful Dead, for starters, and perhaps the spirit of a group who along with spawning countless splinter bands ...
  • UltraAnalogue Recordings

    UltraAnalogue Recordings

    Audiophiles know that minute changes in one’s stereo system (such as adjusting cartridge VTA, speaker positioning, or tube selection) can have dramatic effects on sonic performance. They can mean the difference between creating the illusion ...
  • Rebecca Pidgeon: The Raven

    Rebecca Pidgeon: The Raven

    Originally released in 1994, The Raven was the solo recording debut of actress and singer-songwriter Rebecca Pidgeon. Pidgeon would release four albums with Chesky, but it was The Raven that made her something of an ...
  • Minoru Nojima: Nojima Plays Liszt

    Minoru Nojima: Nojima Plays Liszt

    One of Reference Recordings’ most beloved LPs, Nojima Plays Liszt was recorded in December, 1986. It’s been a perennial of this magazine’s Super LP List, and now RR has reissued the title as a half-speed ...
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara

    Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara

    Canadian soprano saxophonist-flutist Jane Bunnett continues her 30-year love affair with the music and culture of Cuba by joining forces with the all-female Cuban group Maqueque. Their 2014 self-titled collaboration won a Juno Award for ...
  • The Ryman Auditorium

    The Ryman Auditorium

    There are great places to hear music, and then there are the sacred spaces—the cathedrals of Europe, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Barcelona’s art icon La Palau De Musica Catalanya, Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall. In the rock ...
  • The Band FAQ

    The Band FAQ

    The latest in Backbeat’s FAQ series, The Band FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Fathers of Americana, fills 400 pages, making it clear there’s still plenty left to learn about this iconic and ...
  • Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

    Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

    Released in 1969, Nashville Skyline features ten tracks that dance on a cloud of country charm and homespun, roots-tinged warmth. Dylan’s crooner vocals—controversial, but said to be the result of having given up smoking—are ladled ...
  • Not Your Father’s Big Band

    Not Your Father’s Big Band

    To some, big bands will always be relegated to the realms of nostalgia, defined by the swinging sounds of the vintage Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman bands of the 30s and ...

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