• Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s last project for Reference Recordings garnered a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Recording, so expectations were high for this one, too. Perhaps that’s unfair, as Bruckner makes ...
  • Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring

    Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring

    Capturing a live concert is one of audio’s most difficult balancing acts—like taking a snapshot from two perspectives simultaneously. A rare exception is this Analogue Productions release, which captures an impassioned performance with much-better-than-expected sonics. ...
  • James Taylor: Before This World

    James Taylor: Before This World

    This chart-topping album—Taylor’s first studio release in 13 years—arrives 45 years after his breakthrough LP Sweet Baby James. Many themes will be familiar to fans that have embraced this popular singer-songwriter’s gentle meditations on spiritual ...
  • Jeff Beck: Live+

    Jeff Beck: Live+

    Where live albums tend to offer revved- up renditions of greatest hits packages or recent studio material, Live+ (which concludes with two new studio tracks) will occupy a unique place in Jeff Beck’s discography. Partly ...
  • Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

    Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

    In 2012 Resonance Records released Echoes of Indiana Avenue, a spectacular collection of previously unheard Wes Montgomery recordings. Apparently doing the impossible once only whetted the label’s appetite; they have followed up with a three-LP ...
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke

    You’d have to work insanely hard to make a Duke Ellington (or Billy Strayhorn) tune unrecognizable. Pianist Shipp, double bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Whit Dickey work madly (as in “Love You Madly”) on seven ...
  • Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

    Doug MacLeod: Exactly Like This

    Live-in-the-studio audiophile recordings aren’t a guaranteed success. Sometimes those meticulously documented performances with perfect microphone placement lack one essential thing: that sense of being in the moment that musicians lose when they know that if ...
  • Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert

    Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this landmark recording (the best-selling solo album in jazz history), ECM has released the double vinyl set in a 180-gram audiophile pressing. The sound is a revelation. Every note ...

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