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
All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.
Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.
PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.
Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.
Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.
Computer Based System
Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article
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
Hey, Positive People!
When we last spoke on March 9 in Issue 102 (HERE), I ended the article saying that being so inspired by the sound of the Modwright P9.0 preamp, it led me to purchase quite a few fun vinyl items for discussion in this Part II of Mono-mania! I have a complete mono-ready rig set up which includes the Technics SL1200 MKII turntable with Hana SL mono MC cartridge, coming through the ModWright PH 9.0 tube phono stage (with power supply), which is driven by the Rega Brio integrated amplifier (coming through input 5) and delivered through my Spendor D5 floor speakers.… Read the full article
Tower Records Japan recently announced that the tenth floor of its Shinjuku outlet will be turned over exclusively to vinyl with space for around 70,000 records. Business must be booming. However, not only is vinyl still big in Japan but so are CDs. They occupy the display racks of Tower Records’ numerous other floors. It’s a similar story in the busy Disk Union stores dotted around the city.
This jives with the IFPI’s 2019 report, issued this week, that Japan is not only the second largest market in the world for recorded music – the largest remains the USA – but that 71% of Japan’s revenue comes from physical formats.… Read the full article
Jazz Wires, a group led by Cuban-born Raul E. Blanco, creates such a huge impact on their new CD Land of Giants that you might not believe there are only six “wires.” The title track, which starts off this potent album, sounds like it’s performed by a big band who secretly wishes it was a rock band. You feel the pulsing beat, delivered with powerful sonic exclamation marks, and you think “Wow, this is some big music. It’s almost arena jazz.” While Blanco does play more than one role on Jazz Wires’ Land of Giants–piano, vocals and percussion, not to mention mixing and mastering–there is no doubt that this sextet takes the title of this album quite seriously by creating a BIG sound.… Read the full article
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.… 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
Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake released their first album, The Newest Sound Around, in 1961. They released their second album together, You Stepped Out of a Dream, in 1989. That’s a lot of space, especially for a duo so in tune with each other, so daring in their approach. Vocalist Lee and pianist Blake occasionally toured together over the years, much to the delight of their devoted fans. That ended in 2000, when Lee passed away. That’s pretty much it for this duo’s jazz legacy, a lot of promise and a lot of magic spread out thinly over many decades.… Read the full article