• Krakauer: The Big Picture

    Krakauer: The Big Picture

    Clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer was an acclaimed Juilliard-trained classical performer before he went on a journey of self-discovery in the 80s, immersing himself in music from the Eastern European shtetls and later interpreting Jewish music ...
  • Mack Avenue Records

    Mack Avenue Records

    These days it’s tough to create and sustain a jazz label that has any real impact. One challenge is that, as guitarist Marc Ribot has pointed out, jazz artists suffer a great deal more than ...
  • Sam Rivers: Fucshia Swing Song

    Sam Rivers: Fucshia Swing Song

    Years ago I heard the Sam Rivers trio at a miniscule San Francisco jazz club; it remains one of the most memorable live music experiences of my life, even though until I’d heard the Mosaic ...
  • The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    It seems like there’s always some hot-button issue for audiophiles to debate. For the last couple of years, it was the ability to play high-resolution (176.4 or 192kHz/24-bit) computer-audio music files. Now it’s almost impossible ...
  • Download Roundup - Leon Russell

    Download Roundup - Leon Russell

    From the meltingly beautiful “A Song for You” to the raucous closer “Roll Away the Stone,” this is an essential album from the master of Delta blues/ rock. I don’t own the original CD, but ...
  • The Groove Reader

    The Groove Reader

    Did you ever think about the possibility of “reading” record grooves? Well, neither did I until my wife and I attended a New Year’s Eve party with several physician colleagues and their wives around 1980. ...
  • Bud Powell: Live in Geneva, 1962

    Bud Powell: Live in Geneva, 1962

    Bud Powell is often described as the man who first adopted Charlie Parker’s style to the piano, but this is simplistic. Parker didn’t invent modern jazz on his own: he was, rather, the central figure ...
  • Fat Cat Jazz Band: Face

    Fat Cat Jazz Band: Face

    The Fat Cat Jazz Band takes its name from a Manhattan club where this eleven- piece aggregate has its regular Sunday gig. Face is the group’s third release in just over a year, all recorded ...
  • Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms

    Kenny Burrell: Guitar Forms

    It’s nice to see this landmark record get the deluxe reissue treatment from Speakers Corner. Kenny Burrell has always named this at or near the top of the recordings he’s most proud of, and it’s ...

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