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Baby Huey: The Living Legend

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Baby Huey: The Living Legend

When music labels search for unreleased tapes connected with memorable albums, the results can be less than scintillating: an inferior take here, a poorly-recorded demo there, perhaps some performances that should have stayed on the shelves. However, Run Out Groove’s release of Baby Huey’s The Living Legend plus a disc of extras tells a much different story, confirming why an obscure but classic-sounding soul title from 1971 was a hit, but also affirming that the vault-digging was well worth the effort.… Read the full article

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Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Newvelle Records Launches Season Three

The notion that time flies definitely applies to Newvelle Records, a subscription-based vinyl-only jazz label. It seems we’d just discovered a new record company that stood out for its high production standards musically, sonically, and visually, and now Season Three is upon us. And while this year’s six new releases will be our main focus here, assessing Newvelle’s discography to date makes some sense as box sets for Seasons One and Two remain on sale. With sessions led by Rufus Reid, Jack DeJohnette, and Don Friedman, Newvelle has sometimes featured players who first made their mark on the jazz world …… Read the full article

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Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

Spring Grove Avenue is a street in Cincinnati, Ohio, that, due to its wide lanes, light traffic, and limited stoplights, makes for a leisurely drive. It’s also a picturesque thoroughfare flanked with large old factories and warehouses, highlighting what was once a concentration of industry, with new urban redevelopment looking to reconnect with those roots. Located on Spring Grove Avenue, and emblematic of its past and present, Queen City Albums (QCA) is a business that has for almost 70 years manufactured recorded music in formats including LPs, cassettes, and CDs.… Read the full article

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Edition Records

By | July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Edition Records

Like Newvelle and SmallsLive, Edition Records is an artist-based jazz label. In this case the now ten-year-old pairing of pianist and composer David Stapleton and photographer Tim Dickeson has resulted in over 90 recordings. Located in the United Kingdom, Edition helps document the British jazz scene, with releases by such well-known artists as saxophonist Tim Garland and pianist Django Bates. There’s also a strong Scandinavian presence, and readers with an affinity for ECM or Rune Grammofon should make Edition’s acquaintance. With musicians from Switzerland, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, the UK, and elsewhere, Edition is justified in describing itself as “a …… Read the full article

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Catching up with Kip Hanrahan

By | June 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Catching up with Kip Hanrahan

When Kip Hanrahan released Desire Develops an Edge in 1983, listeners in its orbit were quick to recognize a masterpiece, and that album significantly increased his visibility. Like his debut LP (1981’s Coup de téte) and every record since, Desire Develops an Edge features a dense mixture of rhythms, different styles of jazz, and both Latin American and African music…for starters. Hanrahan’s quintessentially urban music especially evokes New York City, where different races and cultures mash up against each other every day on crowded, restless streets.… Read the full article

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ECM Vinyl Spring 2018

By | June 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

ECM Vinyl Spring 2018

Please see ECM’s Spring 2018 vinyl catalog with all the ECM vinyl LPs currently in print. The catalog includes new recordings (“New Albums on Vinyl”), reissues of classic ECM titles (“From Analog Masters”), titles from the 80s and 90s (“Also Available”), and classical music (“ECM New Series”). Derk Richardson reviewed some recent ECM vinyl releases in Issue 280 of TAS, and Jeff Wilson will cover some even newer titles in Issue 285. You can purchase new ECM vinyl online or at record stores that sell new vinyl.… Read the full article

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Donald Fagen’s Cheap Xmas

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

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 that period. If you consider that teen fluff like “Rock & Roll All Nite” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” was more in tune with the times and then compare those songs to Steely Dan’s “Show-Biz Kids”—a none-too-subtle jab at privileged brats who, it turns out, “got their Steely Dan t-shirts”—you recognize that rare 70s band who disdained glitzy, self-enamored party animals and recognized that …… Read the full article

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2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

By | May 11th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

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 Josh, who’s now Vice President at Music Direct, represented the company as a speaker on the Vinyl Industry Update panel. During that discussion, industry experts confirmed that vinyl sales continue to spike, and Mobile Fidelity has definitely played a key role in that resurgence. But it’s not only about the records; during our interview Josh also offered high praise for Mobile Fidelity’s Super Audio CDs, …… Read the full article

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2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 2

By | May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 2

Since forming Acoustic Sounds in 1986, Chad Kassem has had a huge impact on the audiophile world. Continually upping the ante, Chad launched Quality Record Pressings in 2011, and it quickly became a go-to vinyl pressing plant serving a distinguished clientele, including Chad Kassem’s audiophile reissue label Analogue Productions. Chad usually has so many irons in so many fires that I hardly know where to start, so I let him take the lead. How’s AXPONA going? I think AXPONA’s an awesome show.… Read the full article

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2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 1

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 1

While at AXPONA I had a chance to talk at length with Bob Bantz, the president of Elusive Disc, and Kevin Berg, the wholesale consultant for the company. Kevin also recently became the owner of Nitty Gritty Record Care Products and appointed Elusive Disc as the sole distributor for Nitty Gritty’s products, which is no small thing to those of us who know how important it is to clean records and do it properly. It was Kevin that made me aware of the 40th Anniversary Celebration Album, Opus 3’s 18-song compilation that Greg Cahill wrote about in Issue 284 of …… Read the full article

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