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Jerome Sabbagh & Greg Tuohey’s No Filter | The Vinyl Anachronist

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

Jerome Sabbagh & Greg Tuohey’s new album, No Filter, possesses one heck of an audiophile pedigree. It was recorded live to 1/2″ two-track analog tape at 30 ips, it was mastered by Bernie Grundman at his Hollywood studio, and the “master lacquer was cut directly from the analog tape using an all-tube system.” If that’s not impressive enough, how about this: “There are no edits or overdubs on this recording.”

Tenor saxophone player Jerome Sabbagh emailed me a few weeks ago asking me if I wanted a copy of the LP for review.… Read the full article

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Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Tutankhamun | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Art Ensemble of Chicago‘s classic avant-garde recording of Tutankhamun is inscrutable, so it makes sense that the liner notes are equally perplexing. Jazz critic John B. Litweiler, who wrote for Jazz Monthly, reaches deep into an abyss of feelings and struggles to make that sometimes electric connection between jazz and Ancient Egypt, that strange and almost humorous hybrid of sound that worked so well for Sun Ra and his contemporaries. Reading Litweiler is not unlike reading Pynchon, with a lot of words that need bandying around and shuffling and way too many characters walking in and out of the frame.… Read the full article

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Jazz Wires, Land of Giants | The Vinyl Anachronist

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

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

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Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake, The Newest Sound You Never Heard | The Vinyl Anachronist

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


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

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Cecil Taylor, Silent Tongues | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This recent LP shipment I’ve received from ORG Music came at just the right time–we’re getting ready to put out the Spring Issue of The Occasional and I’ve included my tour of the new Furnace Records pressing plant. While I was walking past the assembly line, two women were working on the packaging materials for Cecil Taylor’s Silent Tongues (Amazon). Little did I know that Silent Tongues, a live recording of Taylor at Montreux ’74, would wind up at my doorstep several weeks later.… Read the full article

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Gregg Belisle-Chi, Book of Hours | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ll give you a glimpse behind the curtain of the Vinyl Anachronist operation: I get music from jazz labels, and I get music from indie rock labels. The two worlds rarely collide. When I received Gregg Belisle-Chi’s Book of Hours in the mail, I wasn’t sure which world was being represented. Gregg Belisle-Chi, a guitarist based in Brooklyn, has a sound on Book of Hours that sort of bridges the gap but in a way that leans heavily toward indie rock with its heavy doses of electric guitar and a quartet that includes bassist Matt Aronoff, drummer Michael W.… Read the full article

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Gregor Huebner, Los Sonadores | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My first listen of violinist Gregor Huebner Los Sonadores was a special sonic treat, if only for the reason that I had just set up the EgglestonWorks Emma EVO loudspeakers and the Luxman LX-380 integrated amplifier and this was one of the first CDs I played. The Emma EVOs and the LX-380, which will both be featured in an upcoming issue of The Occasional, are a particularly gorgeous combo and I wound up falling in love with the sound–something I consider remarkable because both products are relatively affordable.… Read the full article

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Sotto Voce’s Safety | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sotto Voce takes me back thirty years, even longer, to a time where a rock band could create a unique identity for themselves with just bass, drums and a couple of guitars–not to mention an intriguing singer. Sotto Voce’s Safety stands apart from so much of today’s indie rock scene simply because the music itself doesn’t prompt me to make comparisons to a host of other bands, both old and new. The thirteen tracks here occupy a space defined by multiple layers of guitars, jagged and soothing at the same time, and smart lyrics that tackle everything from The Who’s A Quick One (re-imagined as “A Quick One, While She’s in a Bad Way”) to actress Judy Greer, immortalized in an eponymous and tightly performed little ditty.… Read the full article

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Linette Tobin, Pangaea | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Linette Tobin is a successful immigration lawyer based in Washington DC, and she’s very passionate about, uh…wait a minute. What does this have to do with music? Immigration law? Really? Well, that’s what is so special about Linette Tobin and her new album with Pangaea, The New Shape of the World. She is an immigration lawyer, but she’s also a conga player. She’s the kind of conga player who travels to places such as Cuba and Africa in order to hone her craft and discover new rhythms.… Read the full article

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Nick Sanders Trio, Playtime 2050 | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Jazz and humor usually don’t go hand in hand, even though the stereotype of a jazz club is one where everyone is laughing and enjoying themselves and having a great time. The Nick Sanders Trio goes against that generalization on Playtime 2050, their new album. Humor is often difficult to convey if no one is singing funny words, so the listener is going to have to be savvy to “get” the purely musical jokes here. In order to discover the humor in Playtime 2050, you need to know things about jazz such as how Thelonious Monk‘s phrasings were so surprising, or how juxtapositions of classical music in the jazz canon can bring a silly smile to your face if you recognize them but weren’t expecting them.… Read the full article

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