• Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Launched just two years ago, Newvelle Records has already found its niche in both the jazz and audiophile worlds. The high production standards of this subscription-based vinyl-only outfit are manifested in album covers with gorgeous ...
  • Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    By my count, these two piano concertos are David Chesky’s 18th and 19th compositions with the word “concerto” in the title—and there are actually several others characterized as “Urban Concertos” in his catalog. Chesky’s style ...
  • Magic at Mechanics

    Magic at Mechanics

    At 7 p.m. on Labor Day, I was sitting at a table in the empty lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, Massachusetts, waiting to speak with Reference Recordings engineer Keith O. Johnson. Across ...
  • Soundtracks Series: Vol. 11

    Soundtracks Series: Vol. 11

    1. Bernstein: The Grifters. Varèse Sarabande. Elmer Bernstein—also known as “Bernstein West” to distinguish him from Leonard Bernstein (“Bernstein East”)—wrote any number of great scores for any number of great movies (The Magnificent Seven, Sweet ...
  • Soundtracks Series: Vol. 7

    Soundtracks Series: Vol. 7

    The Monkees: Head. Colgems. The Monkees doff the last shred of their bubblegum image with this acid trip of a film and soundtrack—both genuine psychedelic gems that took decades to receive the recognition they deserve. ...
  • Where Art Meets Music

    Where Art Meets Music

    The first of its kind, 1977’s Album Cover Album was a popular coffee-table book that focused on LP covers without restrictions to musical genres or design. Of the books that followed, Blue Note: Album Cover ...

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