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Yuko Mabuchi Trio (Live) Vol. 1 and 2 – Instant Classics!

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Every once in while an artist comes along who rocks my musical apple cart, challenges my perceptions, and reignites my excitement about a given genre. Listening to the Yuko Mabuchi Trio (Live) Vol. 1 and 2 release had this effect on me. I love it when this happens, and I love sharing these newfound gems with my fellow music lovers. In this reviewer’s humble opinion, our combined love of music is as much a journey of embracing old favorites as it is one of new discovery.… Read the full article

Notes of an Amateur: Cellist Hee-Young Lim Plays French Concertos; a Brilliant New Brahms's Violin Concerto Performance by Augustin Hadelich;  Podger does Bach’s Cello Suites on Violin; Wilhelmina Smith plays Salonen’s and Saariaho’s Solo Cello Works; Christian Wolff's Orchestra Pieces.

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I apologize for the long time between review articles and for the briefness of these: As I pass age 80, I am becoming more modest about the worth of what I have to say and am also beginning to play the age card.

Hee-Young Lim, cello; London Symphony Orchestra. French Cello Concertos of Saint-Saëns, Milhaud, Offenbach, Massenet. Sony S80425C.

Is it the recording? The cellist? The music? My new Gilbert Yeung Design NSI G amplifier and JMR Abscissa Jubilees? All of them coming together on this rainy (still!) early May day in New England?… Read the full article

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Coltrane '58: The Prestige Years

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

What can I possibly say about John Coltrane that hasn’t already been said? Every jazz lover worth their salt knows John Coltrane was a player and band leader of unparalleled depth, creativity, and skill. With Craft Recording’s new box set Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Years the question is less about Coltrane and more about whether Coltrane fans need this prodigious 8-LP 60th anniversary time capsule in their collections. Also available in 5-CD and digital formats.

Until now there hasn’t been a cohesive way to listen to Coltrane’s entire body of work with Prestige in a comprehensive, chronological, and unified collection, not to mention one lovingly handled and beautifully presented by the reissue team at Craft.… Read the full article

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Brief Impressions:  Jan Kraybill, The Orchestral Organ

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 04/06/2019

A close-up view of the EAT Massive Record Weight. Nice looking, and really helps to improve the sound of your LPs!

LOUDSPEAKERS

(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)

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The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.

ELECTRONICS

The PASS Labs Xs 150 Monoblock Amps and Power Supplies on Critical Mass Systems QXK Amp Stands

Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers; PASS Labs Xs Reference Phono Amp, Xs Reference Preamp, and Xs 150 Reference Monoblock Amps; Accustic Arts (components to be detailed); Audionet Pre G2 reference preamplifier, Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers, Audionet Pam G2 reference phono preamplifier with EPX power supply, darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier; Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amplifier (updated 2015).… Read the full article

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Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis

By | May 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis, Yarlung Records, YAR88171, multiple formats.

Recorded live in the Brain and Creativity Institute’s Cammilleri Hall on April 25, 2018. Executive Producer: Randy Bellous. Associate Producers: Billy Mitchell & Elliot Midwood. Recording Engineers: Bob Attiyeh & Arian Jansen. Recording Engineers: Bob Attiyeh & Arian Jansen. Sound Consultants: Brad Michel & Ricardo Ryan. Mastering Engineers: Steve Hoffman & Bob Attiyeh. Tube Microphones: Ted Ancona. Microphone Technician: David Boch. Microphone Preamplification: Elliot Midwood. Steinway Technician: Yinuo Xu. Photography: Cooper Bates Photography.… Read the full article

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Aquarelles – Miniatures for Piano

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Vladigerov: Piano Music. Victoria Terekiev, piano. Da Vinci Classics C00134.  TT: 69.01. Classique et romantique, Op. 34; Choumene, Op. 29; Episodes, Op. 36; Aquarelles, Op. 17. Downloads: amazon.com, play.google.com, qobuz.com (mp3)

The music of Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov (1898-1978) has already appeared on an earlier album, Wind from the East (Gega New GR 31), on which Victoria Terekiev, also the pianist here, performed his Bulgarian Songs and Dances with panache. Here, he gets a full program to himself.… Read the full article

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Wojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, In a Sentimental Mood

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Wojtek Karolak Adam Czerwiński In a Sentimental Mood

Wojtek Karolak & Adam Czerwiński, In a Sentimental Mood. 

The album In a Sentimental Mood by leading jazzmen Wojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, is one of the best vinyl records of recent years—both when it comes to music and sound. The text below is about how it was recorded and released, as well as what it sounds like.

It is extremely easy to release a vinyl record nowadays. By a curious paradox, technological innovations have brought vinyl to the verge of extinction.… Read the full article

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The Old Outweighs the New in Youth Fountain's Freshman Release

By | March 31st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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Youth Fountain (formerly Bedroom Talk) is a 2-piece emotional pop-punk outfit from Vancouver. After a long time, the band has finally released their first full-length. And I’ll be the first to say, it may have not been worth the wait.

Letters to Our Former Selves is a collection of 12 songs, comprised of five new songs and seven songs that had been released before the album’s release. With the initial release of Grinding Teeth (later re-released when they changed their name from Bedroom Talk to Youth Fountain, as a self-titled EP), a short EP, in 2017, I’ve been aching for a full-release from the group.… Read the full article

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The Cold Spring Weather Blooms Cherry Blossoms

By | March 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Zu Druids (original)

ELECTRONICS

Adcom GFA535 amplifier and Adcom GFP555 II preamplifier

SOURCES

Music Hall MMF 2

CABLES

Various Kimber and other stuff my parent’s tossed my way.

COMPUTER

Custom PC for gaming.

I will admit that I spend a lot of time listening on my PC and/or parent’s system – Dave and Carol Clark’s…

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. … Read the full article

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Stereo Sound Reference Record Vol. 1

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

LOUDSPEAKERS

Harbeth M40.1 Domestic, Acoustic Revive Custom Series Loudspeaker Stands, SPEC RSP-101/GL.

ELECTRONICS

RCM Audio Sensor Prelude IC phono stage, Spheris III preamplifier, Soulution 710 amplifier, and Leben CS300XS Custom Version integrated amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: AVID HIFI Acutus SP turntable (Custom Version), Miyajima Laboratory Kansui cartridges, Miyajima Laboratory Shilabe cartridge, Miyajima Laboratory Zero cartridge (mono), Denon DL-103SA cartridge. Tivoli Audio Model One.

Digital: Ancient Audio AIR V-edition.

CABLES

Siltech Triple Crown (RCA), Crystal Audio Absolute Dream (RCA), Tara Labs Omega Onyx speaker cables, Acrolink Mexcel 7N-PC9500 AC cords for the complete system.… Read the full article

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