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Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

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 Castaldi to mystically create colorful sonic tapestries of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Known for his brawny command of the tenor in his three-and-a half-decade recording career that includes two dozen albums for the Blue Note label, Lovano displays an expressive beauty and sensitive lyricism on Trio Tapestry, and the result, as he put it, is “some of the most intimate and personal music I’ve recorded …… Read the full article

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab releases Bill Evans Trio “Portrait In Jazz” numbered 45rpm UD1S Ultradisc

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Elusive Disc, an online high-end audio hardware and software retailer, has announced a limited re-release of one of the most seminal jazz recordings of all time: Bill Evans Trio “Portrait In Jazz.”

Lauded as the breakthrough studio recording for the artist Bill Evans himself, PIJ came to be after his last collaborations with Miles Davis and John Coltrane separately. The LP established a standard for many jazz trios to follow.

Each 180g 45RPM 2LP Box set is mastered from the original master tapes using Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s new state-of-the-art UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) process, in which the conventional three-step process gives way to a new technological advancement that enables record stamps to be formed directly from the lacquers, which are cut from the master tape.

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Nathan Davis Live

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

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 work while expats often found themselves on more solid ground. And there was something else, something Miles Davis recognized while visiting France. “I had never felt that way in my life,” he wrote in his autobiography. “It was the freedom of being in France and being treated like a human being, like someone important.” A native of Kansas City, Kansas—he was born two blocks from …… Read the full article

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Unique LP Collection Goes on the Market

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Unique LP Collection Goes on the Market

I know of, and have seen, many extraordinary LP collections over the years, but the one that has just been offered for sale includes rarities that seldom become available—if at all. This collection’s owner, whom I know, provided the description and photographs below for me to share with TAS readers. Although only a handful of individuals in the world have the means and interest to acquire this collection, I thought that readers would enjoy perusing the oddities and seeing the photos.… Read the full article

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Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Smiles

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

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 laughing matter. Indeed, Miles Smiles is the apex of post-bop intuitive interplay, and Mobile Fidelity’s SACD brings out the best sonic detail of Teo Macero’s top-shelf production for this modal-exploratory master class. The handoff from Davis’s feverish trumpet to Wayne Shorter’s left-channel tenor saxophone response and Herbie Hancock’s subsequent piano answering on the opening track “Orbits” sets the stage for all the round-robin tempo tampering …… Read the full article

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Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions

By | May 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions

During Eric Dolphy’s all too brief life—he died on June 29, 1964, at the age of 36, while on tour in Europe with Charles Mingus—he recorded precious few albums as a leader that were released during his lifetime. For many, his legacy is inextricably bound to his associations with Booker Little, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane, and on his contributions to such landmark recordings as Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure, Oliver Nelson’s The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Little’s Out Front, Mal Waldron’s The Quest, George Russell’s Ezz-thetics, Max Roach’s Percussion Bittersweet, Mingus’ The Town Hall …… Read the full article

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Bob James Trio: Espresso

By | April 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

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, who signed him to his first record deal. James was later a founding member of the lauded smooth jazz quartet Fourplay. But Espresso represents his first solo-led recording in over a decade. The tracks are classic James, heavily engraved with his trademark melodic flair. The music is open, upbeat, approachable jazz fusion and softer smooth jazz.… Read the full article

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First Day Photo Tour with Paul | AXPONA 2019

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

by Paul Elliott

Man, this is a big show.  So much going on, and just deciding what to do first could take half a day. One can get educated with the any seminars and lectures, practically two an hour all day long. Strolling through the Marketplace could take the serious buyer the whole three days. Did I mention the show is BIG?

I did make it into a few listening rooms, the visits were just too short because THERE WAS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO!

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Medeski Martin & Wood: Omnisphere | John Medeski’s Mad Skillet

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Medeski Martin & Wood: Omnisphere | John Medeski’s Mad Skillet

Over the past 25 years, the trailblazing, nearly-telepathic trio of keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Chris Wood has developed its own potent language based on equal allegiances to the groove and the avant-garde. Here they collaborate with the 20-piece classically-oriented new music collective Alarm Will Sound. Though seemingly operating in different orbits, these two musical forces come together on a collaboration recorded live at The Newman Center in Denver, Colorado in February 2015. Expansive pieces like the 14-minute “Kid Tao Mammal (Unworldliness Weirdo),” written by Alarm Will Sound percussionist Payton MacDonald, and Medeski’s 19-minute “Eye of Ra” …… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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