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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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Radio Free Chip: June 2019

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

“A dozen of his favorite drummers were me.”

Hal Blaine

Listening and the Art of Drumming…I remember in the course of interviewing Jim Hall back in the day, for a JazzTimes cover story, the great guitarist reflected on what he characterized as a TRACK MEET MENTALITY he encountered in coming of age as a jazz musician.

Hal Blaine – The Making Of Be My Baby 

Hal Blaine – The Making Of Mister Tambourine Man

Obviously, as dedicated musos and jazz aficionados, we inevitably gravitate towards the most flamboyant players, the great virtuosos, particularly as regards drummers, and we listen in a state of wonder as the likes of Jo Jones, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams push the envelope and inspire their bandmates to break on through to the other side…clearly all men are NOT CREATED EQUAL. … Read the full article

Nordost Playlist – June 2019

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: , |

Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime).Read the full article

Marton Juhasz, Discovery | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“Before recording the music, the eight musicians on the record spent a year rehearsing and playing together under the tutelage of some of the most respected names in jazz.” I read that sentence on the liner notes of drummer/composer Marton JuhaszDiscovery, his new album, and it didn’t seem like much of a surprise. That’s because I listened to the music first and thought wow, what an ambitious storm of an album. Juhasz, who hails from Hungary, is one of those young men who take the world of jazz by, well, storm, winning all the important awards and earning all the impressive degrees from prestigious institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston.… Read the full article

Akira Tana and Otonowa, Ai San San | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve listened to a lot of jazz that employs folk music from other cultures, most notably Peter Lin’s New Age Old Ways which borrows themes from Lin’s Taiwanese heritage to bring another compelling layer to his original compositions. Drummer Akira Tana and Otonowa, his quartet, are using traditional Japanese themes and instruments to bring the same global feel to Ai San San (Love’s Radiance),  a set that’s dedicated to “the communities devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2001.” Otonowa, formed to address the need for awareness of Japanese natural disasters and now three albums into the effort, uses some of the oldest and most beloved harmonies from Japanese culture to comfort the victims and to pay homage to the resilient spirit of these people.… Read the full article

Anthony Caceres, Something’s Gotta Give | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve tackled the issue of bassist/leaders in jazz before, something that can be expanded to include drummers as well. My idea is that a leader who comes from the rhythm section pays more attention to the creation of foundations and rhythms–platforms, if you will, that provide support for the other to develop ideas and themes. This type of leadership, when it extends to compositions and arrangements, sounds different to my ears, and in very specific and rewarding ways. Anthony Caceres is a bass player, a great one at that, and he takes his ideas of leadership just a step further in his new album Something’s Gotta Give.… Read the full article

Tuomo Uusitalo, Stories from Here and There | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If music is the universal language of mankind, then jazz is especially cogent since so many musicians from so many other countries are mesmerized by it–enough to devote their lives to this American art form. I’m particularly attracted to jazz from places such as Japan, Cuba, Brazil and even Ethiopia (Ethiopiques, anyone?), but I don’t know if I’ve really focused on Finland’s contributions to jazz until now. There are pockets of stunning jazz innovation all through Europe, everything from Jazz at the Pawnshop to the sublime tribute to Rashied Ali from Dutch bassist Joris Teepe I reviewed a few months ago.Read the full article

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Deborah Shulman, The Shakespeare Project | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | June 1st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“All the world’s a stage.” The blending of jazz and William Shakespeare’s prose seems both logical and a little daft, especially when you think of all those cool jazz tropes that are based on a looseness, a casual demeanor that stands out like a polar opposite to Shakespeare’s formal and ornate phrasings. Singer Deborah Shulman, who is based out of Los Angeles, has been thinking about The Shakespeare Project for over 30 years–ever since she appeared as a cast member of a theatrical production called “Word Songs.” That play featured songs from Cleo Laine and John Dankworth‘s 1964 album Shakespeare and All That Jazz, so you can see there is a precedent for melding the two worlds.… Read the full article

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Peter Lin, New Age Old Ways | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Trombonist Peter Lin seems to have his finger on the pulse of a jazz from a certain time, not so much the late ’50s as the early ’60s. He’s more Impulse! than Blue Note, less exploratory and more celebratory of the fences that have already been knocked down in advance of his arrival. Lin, who hails from New Orleans, has settled into this very specific sound on his new album New Age Old Ways. I had a chance to review his last album, With Respect, less than a year ago and I found that same adherence to that same jazz truth, that there’s more to discover once you erase the borders.… Read the full article

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Lyn Stanley, London Calling | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile, Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It seems like I’ve had Lyn Stanley‘s London Calling: A Toast to Julie London on my review pile forever, probably because I’ve known about this project since I reviewed The Moonlight Sessions, Vol. 2 for Positive Feedback in November of 2017.  (I also reviewed Vol. 1 on my blog back in August of 2017.) After I raved about that album and its sublime sound quality, Lyn emailed me to thank me and we started an email exchange that continues almost to this day.… Read the full article

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