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.
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
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
[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!
(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)
The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.
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
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
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
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
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
All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.
Zu Druids (original)
Adcom GFA535 amplifier and Adcom GFP555 II preamplifier
Music Hall MMF 2
Various Kimber and other stuff my parent’s tossed my way.
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…
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
Harbeth M40.1 Domestic, Acoustic Revive Custom Series Loudspeaker Stands, SPEC RSP-101/GL.
RCM Audio Sensor Prelude IC phono stage, Spheris III preamplifier, Soulution 710 amplifier, and Leben CS300XS Custom Version integrated amplifier.
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.
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