• Aretha, True and Free

    Aretha, True and Free

    On the morning of August 16, I was awakened to news of Aretha Franklin’s passing as announced on New York City’s classical station, WQXR, followed by the sound of Aretha rolling out her stunning rendition ...
  • Two Moving Magnets and a Moving Iron

    Two Moving Magnets and a Moving Iron

    Though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the proliferation of moving-coil pickups throughout the high-end these last thirty-plus years and counting, during the first two decades of stereophonic reproduction moving-magnet cartridges dominated the market. Most ...
  • Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

    Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

    This 1998 document of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette came after the pianist’s two-year recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A 2-CD set, it shows Jarrett in good humor ...
  • Naim Uniti Nova

    Naim Uniti Nova

    Although Naim has been making audio gear since 1973, it is not your typical stodgy old-school hi-fi firm. Instead, it is one of those fleet-footed audio manufacturers whose products have continued to evolve over the ...
  • Shunyata Research Sigma Signal Cables

    Shunyata Research Sigma Signal Cables

    Shunyata Research is mainly known for its high-performance power cords and power distribution products, and so, I suspect, its excellent signal cables have been somewhat overshadowed. The new Sigma line may change that. Shunyata has ...
  • Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

    Thanks in large part to rock guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, by the late 60s a new and wider appreciation emerged for the previous generation of black American blues musicians. Prominent among ...
  • The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The Mayor of MacDougal Street

    The “Early-60s Folk Music Revival” incubated gigantic talents that reshaped popular music forever—Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell being the most prominent. A whole world of rock and pop music, “singer-songwriters,” and hybrid folk-rock Americana is ...

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