• Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

    Donald Fagen's Cheap Xmas

    During their first go-round, a period bookended by 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill and 1980’s Gaucho, Steely Dan released a string of silver, gold, and platinum albums yet differed markedly from other best-selling artists from ...
  • “The Music Formerly Known as Classical”

    “The Music Formerly Known as Classical”

    As all classical music fans know, the era of giant, long-established labels like RCA, Columbia, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury, Decca, Delos, and Telarc pouring out new releases by American orchestras has waned. Most new orchestra recordings ...
  • 2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

    2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

    Josh Bizar has seen tremendous growth in the audiophile industry since 1999, when he started working for Music Direct, the online retailer of high-end audio, audiophile music (Mobile Fidelity), and accessories. At this year’s AXPONA ...
  • Donald Fagen:  The Nightfly

    Donald Fagen: The Nightfly

    After its 1982 release, The Nightfly—Donald Fagen’s solo debut following his split from Steely Dan partner Walter Becker—racked up seven Grammy Award nominations. Widely acclaimed for its vivid lyricism, the album is a nostalgic homage ...
  • Kate St. John:  Second Sight

    Kate St. John: Second Sight

    These days you might know singer and songwriter Kate St. John as a film-music supervisor (Far from the Madding Crowd), orchestral arranger (Laura Marling, Hal Wilner), or session player (Van Morrison, Tom Waits). But 20 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Judee Sill: Heart Food

    Judee Sill: Heart Food

    Prostitution, drug addiction, and armed robbery were part of Judee Sill’s world before the folk singer-songwriter released two albums on Asylum in the early 1970s. Her demons were never permanently exorcised, and she died of ...
  • Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid

    Modern Jazz Quartet: Pyramid

    This pristine vinyl reissue of MJQ’s 1960 Pyramid will be welcomed by all who value the most exalted productions of midcentury-modern artistry. It’s also an ideal demonstration of what made the group—here just the four ...

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