• Early Digital Recordings Didn’t All Suck

    Early Digital Recordings Didn’t All Suck

    Utter the words “early digital” and most audiophiles, even younger ones, will know exactly what you’re talking about. The term references sound lacking body and warmth, the fatiguing deficiency of dimensionality and tonal complexity that ...
  • David Chesky’s La Farranucci

    David Chesky’s La Farranucci

    David Chesky’s comic opera, La Farranucci, was performed on March 15th and 16th at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse and I had the good fortune to be there. Actually, all of us in the auditorium ...
  • American Primitive Guitar

    American Primitive Guitar

    In the late 1950s, fingerstylist John Fahey birthed an alter-ego named Blind Joe Death, a mythic bluesman who personified what music critic Greil Marcus has dubbed old, weird America. In shaping his eccentric personal mythology, ...
  • Music Matters SRX Vinyl Series

    Music Matters SRX Vinyl Series

    The Blue Note jazz series has become an object of fascination for jazz collectors and aficionados alike. Much like the classical RCA Living Stereo series, it represents a unique marriage of great artists and a ...
  • Duck Times Three

    Duck Times Three

    Listening to Duck Baker’s jaunty, insightful interpretations of Thelonious Monk compositions on Duck Baker Plays Monk, my mind immediately conjured Bach. Meaning the way that hearing, say, a well-loved piece for solo violin transcribed to ...
  • CES 2019 Report

    CES 2019 Report

    I arrived without any expectation. It’s hardly headline news that high-end audio at CES has been running on fumes in recent years. Would this be the year that showing up would be a waste of ...
  • Hamilton in High(er) Res

    Hamilton in High(er) Res

    Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording). HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (44.1/24) The situation on Broadway is lamentable. Theaters increasingly traffic in slick adaptations of popular books, movies, and characters, to which it applies a ...

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