• Nathan Davis Live

    Nathan Davis Live

    For some midcentury American jazz musicians touring Europe, the experience was so inspiring they ended up moving there. The attraction made sense. Back in the States even some A-list jazz players scuffled to find steady ...
  • Rob Reich: Swings Left

    Rob Reich: Swings Left

    Jazz as dance music? There was a time when that wasn’t even a question. Has the time come again for upbeat, swinging, danceable jazz? Rob Reich answers that question in the affirmative on this album ...
  • The Rebirth of Quad

    The Rebirth of Quad

    I have fallen in love—again—with quadraphonic sound. In 1972, I purchased a state-of-the-art Sylvania CR2743W stereo amp with built-in Phase Q4 Matrix four-channel circuitry. In stereo quadraphonic systems (SQ), four sound channels were converted down ...
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

    Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

    On his ECM debut as a leader and his first studio album in six years, tenor saxophone titan Joe Lovano lays out a fertile 12-tone improvisational soundscape for him, pianist Marilyn Crispell, and drummer Carmen ...
  • Nathan Davis Live

    Nathan Davis Live

    For some midcentury American jazz musicians touring Europe, the experience was so inspiring they ended up moving there. The attraction made sense. Back in the States even some A-list jazz players scuffled to find steady ...
  • Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

    Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

    “Who’s kidding who? . . . Miles smiles?” So queried Anthony Tuttle in the original 1967 liner notes to Miles Smiles, but the sophomore outing from Davis’s second prodigious quintet configuration is anything but a ...
  • Bob James Trio: Espresso

    Bob James Trio: Espresso

    For many, pianist Bob James will be remembered for his evocative theme song to the sitcom Taxi. But his musical chops are far weightier. A gifted player from childhood, he was mentored by Quincy Jones, ...
  • 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 ...

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