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International Phonograph, Inc.

By | October 21st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

International Phonograph, Inc.

One of the dilemmas for those of us with tricked-out reel-to-reel tape decks, like my UHA-Phase 12 from United Home Audio, is finding outstanding pre-recorded tapes at reasonable prices. One great source is International Phonograph, Inc. (internationalphonographinc.com), a Chicago-based company that has been recording jazz with very high-quality sound since the late 1970s. After decades as a recording engineer, Jonathan Horwich began recording jazz performances to 10.5-inch analog tape in 2012 with the sole purpose of making the recordings available on one 30-minute tape reel, and for no other media.… Read the full article

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Newvelle’s Season Four

By | October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Newvelle’s Season Four

The love of vinyl LPs comes in many forms: the millennial’s obsession with retro cool, the baby boomer’s nostalgia for physical artifacts and 12×12-inch cover art, and the audiophile’s veneration of the deeper, warmer ambience of analog sound reproduction. Now in their fourth year of releasing annually a half-dozen vinyl-only jazz recordings by subscription, producer Elan Mehler and business partner Jean-Christophe Morrisseau cater less to young hipster collectors (although who can argue with the cool factor of records pressed on uncolored translucent vinyl?) and more to the artifact aficionados and sonic purists among us.… Read the full article

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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time In

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time In

This 1965 release ended the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s series of time-themed albums, the most famous being 1959’s Time Out, which contained the ever-popular “Take Five.” Time In was also one of the final records by a much-loved quartet that included Paul Desmond on alto saxophone. With more than two dozen albums behind them by the time this album was recorded, was the foursome a spent force? Definitely not—and, in fact, one listen to Time In will dispel any notions of the quartet as “polite jazz.” On the ironically-titled opening track, “Light Waltz,” the group swings with an urgency that reaches …… Read the full article

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Noah Preminger: Preminger Plays Preminger

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Noah Preminger: Preminger Plays Preminger

Eight films—seven directed by Otto Preminger, one featuring him as an actor—inspired this splendid recording, the first of six vinyl-only releases in Newvelle Records’ 2019 subscription series. Some of the movies enlisted the services of musical giants: Duke Ellington scored Anatomy of a Murder, and David Raskin’s theme for Laura is legendary. But tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger was not intimidated when he brought pianist Jason Moran, bassist Kim Cass, and drummer Marcus Gilmore together to interpret music from Otto Preminger’s films and perform compositions Noah composed “for” other films.… Read the full article

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Evosound

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Evosound

Since its first release in 2004, the Evosound music label has experienced considerable success in the Asian market, but it hasn’t had as much of an impact elsewhere. That should change, however. An effort by the Hong Kong-based record company to gain a wider audience will bear fruit due to its commitment to making excellent-sounding recordings in genres that appeal to audiophiles—or so my introduction to the label leads me to suspect. As the Music Editor of TAS, I receive a lot of music in my mailbox.… Read the full article

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Lyn Stanley Toasts Julie London

By | August 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Lyn Stanley Toasts Julie London

London Calling: A Toast to Julie London is Lyn Stanley’s sixth album since 2013, with another due out before this review sees print. Seven superb albums in six years suggests someone making up for a lot of lost time. Well, maybe not lost in the case of Stanley, whose life has surely been full, but she was in her 50s when she made that first album and has had another round-number birthday since, though you’d never prove it by her looks, energy, and activity.… Read the full article

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Blue Note’s Tone Poet Series

By | August 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Blue Note’s Tone Poet Series

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the legendary jazz label founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, Blue Note Records has introduced the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. Produced by Joe Harley of Music Matters Jazz and mastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio, this new reissue series will present two albums per month (18 titles in all at $34.95 per album) in high quality SRX (Silent Running Xperience) vinyl pressings.… Read the full article

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Definitive Audio and Linn Products Host “The Playlist with Vinyl Me, Please”

By | August 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Definitive Audio and Linn Products Host “The Playlist with Vinyl Me, Please”

One of the oldest and most successful high end audio retail stores in Seattle, Definitive Audio, hosted a music listening event on July 25 along with Linn Products LTD and a new vinyl subscription company (remember the Columbia Record Club or the RCA Victor Record Club?) called Vinyl Me, Please. The focus of The Playlist event was decidedly on music—the artists, the musical context, and the contrasts or connections among the songs—and not on the playback gear. This was a welcome change from most trade shows and even some other retail store events.… Read the full article

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The Music Industry Responds

By | July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

The Music Industry Responds

The recorded music industry has seen a steep decline in profits over the last 20 years, and we all know why. It’s not that people stopped listening to music—no, but they found a way to stop paying for it. Sales figures are less than half of what they were in 1999, and for musicians and record labels the scenario is much worse, as streaming is, for both, an inefficient way to make a dollar. As Peter Frampton pointed out in a tweet, for 55 million streams of “Baby, I Love Your Way,” he received $1700.… Read the full article

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Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection

John Williams composed the music for the first three Harry Potter films (The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban), and now the complete scores have been released for the first time by La-La Land in Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection, a deluxe seven-CD box set containing nearly eight hours of original music. The scores are so good that they established the musical identity and overall style of the whole series, including the scores that Williams did not write.… Read the full article

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