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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

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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It Didn’t All Suck

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

It Didn’t All Suck

Utter the words “early digital” and most audiophiles, even younger ones, will know exactly what you’re talking about. The term references sound lacking body and warmth, the fatiguing deficiency of dimensionality and tonal complexity that characterized digital encoding for much of its first commercial decade. This was the era when, invariably, someone would show up at the local audio society meeting wearing a DIGITAL SUCKS T-shirt. But those of us who were practicing audiophiles at the time remember one important exception, Telarc Records, a label that kindled a hope that the new technology would someday go beyond its undeniably impressive …… Read the full article

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The Real Billie Holiday, Part Two – 1940s

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |


Also read The Real Billie Holiday, Part One – 1930s

This profile of Billie Holiday is presented in three chapters covering the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s respectively.  She’s quoted from interviews and her famed autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues.  Representative recordings, podcast clips and interviews add detail and perspective to each decade of her compelling story.  It’s notable that photographs of Billie’s mercurial visage are constantly shifting, never the same twice.

An Artist in Full

During the 1940s Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan, 1915-1959) emerged as a fully formed artist, her voice at its richest and most expressive. 

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David Chesky’s La Farranucci

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

David Chesky’s La Farranucci

David Chesky’s comic opera, La Farranucci, was performed on March 15th and 16th at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse and I had the good fortune to be there. Actually, all of us in the auditorium were lucky to be there, as La Farranucci had been designated “offensive” last year and the premiere originally planned for June of 2018 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) had been unceremoniously cancelled. What does it take for an opera to be censored in hipster Brooklyn?… Read the full article

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The Real Billie Holiday, Part One – 1930s

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

 

 

This profile of Billie Holiday is presented in three chapters covering the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s respectively.  She’s quoted from interviews and her famed memoir, Lady Sings the Blues.  Representative recordings, podcast clips and readings add detail and perspective to each decade of her compelling story.  It is notable that photographs of Billie’s mercurial visage are constantly shifting, never the same twice.

2A) Fur and cocktail

Singing Style

It’s not an exaggeration to call Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan, 1915-59) the best of all jazz singers. 

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Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Keith Jarrett: La Fenice

How many Keith Jarrett solo piano concert albums you need depends on the magnitude of your fascination with Jarrett’s Taoist-like ability to go with the flow. Since the landmark mid-70s Solo Concerts: Bremen/Lausanne and The Köln Concert, Jarrett has added to his live solo catalog such compelling sets as 1998’s Paris Concert, 1995’s La Scala, and a half-dozen others released from 2002 to 2016. This double CD, which captures—with superbly spacious and detailed sonics—Jarrett’s July 2006 concert at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, will dazzle diehards and captivate anyone returning to Jarrett’s world or entering it for the …… Read the full article

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Yarlung Artist Yuko Mabuchi Delivers Breakthrough Performance

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

Yarlung Artist Yuko Mabuchi Delivers Breakthrough Performance

In a TAS review of the first Yarlung album by jazz pianist Yuko Mabuchi, Jeff Wilson compared the audiophile recording to a coming-out party due to the wide range of music on that release. Her performance on January 25 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California could be seen as another type of coming- out party. Opening for Branford Marsalis, Mabuchi was, for many people in the audience, making a completely new introduction—and this in an 1800-seat hall.… Read the full article

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Music Matters SRX Vinyl Series

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

Music Matters SRX Vinyl Series

The Blue Note jazz series has become an object of fascination for jazz collectors and aficionados alike. Much like the classical RCA Living Stereo series, it represents a unique marriage of great artists and a stellar recording engineer—in this case the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. “Goin’ to Rudy’s,” was what jazz musicians told each other when they were headed to his home for a recording session. Alas, the Van Gelder domicile in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, has been demolished according to Garden State denizen Michael Fremer (why didn’t it become a state historical landmark?) but Rudy’s legacy lives on in …… Read the full article

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