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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

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

Joris Teepe, In the Spirit of Rashied Ali | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just a few days after writing my first book review ever–for Brian Jabas Smith’s moving Tucson Salvage–here comes the second: Joris Teepe‘s In the Spirit of Rashied Ali. Well, this isn’t exactly a book as much as an extended set of liner notes, covering bassist Joris Teepe’s years with legendary jazz drummer Ali just before he passed away suddenly of a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 76. But these recollections and interviews of Ali’s bandmates and fellow musicians are delivered in a handsome 66-page hardcover volume with plenty of color photographs and a CD containing many of the tunes Teepe played while he was a member of the Rashied Ali Quintet.… Read the full article

2L Recordings, Lux | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So far 2019 has been a stellar year for Norway’s 2L Recordings. Lux, the third in a trio of amazing trio of recordings I’ve received from Morten Lindberg this year, is in many ways the first among equals. Ljos, which features the Fauna Vokalkvintett, is remarkable for its exploration of five human voices in an extraordinary spatial setting–one of the many Norwegian churches that frequently host Lindberg’s amazing projects. Ujamaa, on the other hand, is a relatively big orchestral project that combines folk music from both Norway and Africa to show the spirit of brotherhood between two very different cultures.… Read the full article

Brian Jabas Smith, Tucson Salvage | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

“Do you do book reviews?” I was conflicted when the publicist first asked me if I was interested in checking out the new book by Tucson Weekly columnist Brian Jabas Smith, Tucson Salvage (Amazon). Do I tell her that I studied literature in college? Do I tell her that for the first forty or fifty years of my life I dreamt of being a novelist? Or do I admit that I no longer read as much as I used to, mostly because I’ve acquiesced to the horrible feeling that I’ve read every book I’ve wanted to read?… Read the full article

Ruth Palmer, Johann Sebastian Bach | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Whenever you set up a new analog rig, what do you play first? Do you trot out one of your reference LPs, the type that really tells you what’s going on with a specific component, or do you throw on something expendable in case you screwed everything up? I veer toward the latter, but I really had to give this new direct-to-disc recording from Berliner Meisterschallplatten a spin because I had been waiting to pick up a couple of turntables for review–the Technics SL-1200G and the Dr.Read the full article

Meat Puppets, Dusty Notes | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hearing the Meat Puppets’ brand new CD, Dusty Notes, is an unexpected pleasure on a cold and wet Sunday afternoon–possibly because this Phoenix-based group has always reminded me of deserts as well as desert rats, a notion currently worlds away. I’ve combed through much of my writing about music over the last few years and I’ve discovered that I’ve never really talked about one of my favorite albums of all time, the Puppet’s 1985 LP Up on the Sun, which was one of those personal game-changers that suddenly influenced my musical tastes in a very profound way.… Read the full article

Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Wadada Leo Smith’s new composition, Rosa Parks: Pure Love, was inspired by the civil rights movement and performed for the first time in September 2016 at the New School in NYC as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Smith describes these seven oratorios as a pure and emotional tribute to Parks, and how she was a “person of exceptional courage and wisdom, who made the right move of resistance at the right time.” There’s no doubt that Parks’ actions were influential and well-known, but little will prepare you for the sheer anger and force of this music, an angry and confrontational blast of sound that captures the sea change, one that underlines the simple idea that Rosa Parks held–that “you must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

Rosa Parks: Pure Love is comprised of short pieces that Wadada Leo Smith has composed in the fifty years since that defining moment, as well as new material he has written.… Read the full article

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Pikefruit, Sprig | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Album cover - Pikefruit Sprig

Welcome! You’ve made the transition from The Vinyl Anachronist blog, which I’ve been writing since 2010, to the new Vinyl Anachronist section of the Part-Time Audiophile website. I’ve been contemplating my first music review in this format, and I’ve decided on this, Pikefruit’s Sprig, because I listened to this EP yesterday for the first time on a newly-assembled review system featuring the EgglestonWorks Emma EVO loudspeakers and a Luxman LX-380 integrated amplifier. As I was fine-tuning everything, I grabbed this CD with its relatively low-key cover and slipped it into my CD transport and pressed play.… Read the full article

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