Resonance Records is emerging as the most vital jazz reissue house aroundor, rather, not “reissue,” for the music they put out has never been issued before: the producer Zev Feldman (or someone who contacts him) has found it in an unexamined vault, back room, or collectors’ cove. The material is top-flight, the sound very good to excellent, and he often releases the albums on CD and LP. So far he has delivered some of the best albums ever by Larry Young, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Horn, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, but Feldman holds a special regard for Bill Evans.… Read the full article
The ol’ email box was hot to trot this week with updates and new products ready to hit the market. As audio starts to prep for the holiday season, the show circuit also revs its engine with Rocky Mountain Audiofest in early October then Capital Audiofest in November. As with all things cyclical, we the hifi faithful find ourselves once again staring down the barrel of another round of eagerly anticipated updates from personal audio favorites Schiit Audio and Astell and Kern – no word yet if the next cycle will jump model numbers straight to “X”.… Read the full article
It’s like a postcard from Weird Old America. Working with compositional sources as diverse as Burt Bacharach (“Mexican Divorce”) and Blind Willie McTell (“Married Man’s a Fool”), roots-rock guitarist Ry Cooder stitches a folksy quilt that depicts a bold vision of the American songbook. Blues, gospel, trad-jazz, Tex-Mex—it’s all there, yet there’s a cohesiveness to this laidback classic, thanks to Cooder’s rootsy guitar skills, his command of vernacular music, and rich vocal harmonies. Faith, infidelity, and the battle of the sexes inform many of these tracks, including the Ry Cooder/Washington Phillips original “Tattler” and Little Milton’s “If Walls Could Talk.” …… Read the full article
Two interesting themes have developed over the last year or so but not necessarily intertwining until now.
The first has been the gradual introduction of planar technology into IEMs. Bravo says I because thus far with Audeze’s iSINE series it’s been a pretty good start.
The second highlight goes back just a little further, maybe early 2016, and that has been the rise in in-ear technology designed to reduce the damage caused by pneumatic pressure on our ears, an all too common problem with traditional IEM designs.… Read the full article