DUKE ELLINGTON: Money Jungle (CD)

We are told: There are a number of reasons why ‘Money Jungle’ is considered a unique jazz recording. First of all, the album stands out for its superb musical quality. It also marks a very rare trio session in the otherwise prolific discography of Duke Ellington. The album is best known, however, for being Duke’s […]

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HARBETH: McIntosh MC 275 Mk IV or V with Harbeth M-40.1?

The thread starts….. I’ve had my Plinius SA-102 for longer than any previous amp (almost 3 years) and have been very satisfied with it’s reliability, musicality and build quality, but I’m very intrigued with finally trying a classic tube amp. I listen to classical, jazz, vocals & acoustic rock at moderate volume levels, so I’m […]

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ERIC BIBB: The relationship between the blues and Los Angeles:

Brilliant blues artist Eric Bibb carries the experiences of performing with Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Sims (Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Clapton), of touring with Ray Charles, John Mayal and Robert Cray. Bibb received honors twice for “Acoustic Album of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards (2006 & 2008). Best yet, he keeps growing and developing, as […]

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APOGEE: Their Diva speaker

The Diva was Apogee’s most expensive ribbon speaker when it was released in 1988. Nearly as large as the original Full Range it was a 3-way system, slightly over 6 feet tall with a very large trapezoidal bass panel, a 3 element aluminium midrange ribbon and a tweeter made from a single strip of aluminium […]

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Bryn Terfel: ‘I’d like to sing Citizen Kane’

One day, Bryn Terfel’s eldest son fell asleep at the opera. It was during the first act of Welsh National Opera’s 2010 production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Cardiff. Only when his father came on and started singing as Hans Sachs, did he awaken. “My first line woke him up. He apparently stayed […]

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Wait For Me – Songs of Love, Lust & Discontent from the 1920s and 1930s (3CD) by Various Artists

“Wait For Me” is the long awaited follow-up 3-CD compilation to John Heneghan’s critically acclaimed comp for Dust-To-Digital 2010’s, “Baby, How Can It Be?”. Three CDs of 1920’s & 30’s 78 rpm records from the collections of John Heneghan, Robert Crumb, the late Don Kent, and Donovan Weaver.It includes never heard before records such as, […]

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CHARLIE PARKER: What are the great recordings?

  Dip in and out HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 and I’ll […]

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Jimi Hendrix – Come On (Let the Good Times Roll) / Calling All the Devil’s Children (7” Vinyl Single)

Sundazed presents the second installment in its landmark Jimi Hendrix singles series, which honors the legendary guitar icon’s singular musical genius by presenting it in the same medium in which it was originally experienced by fans: vinyl. The series’ latest release once again pairs two vintage Hendrix tracks, combining his visionary reading of Earl King’s […]

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Dynaudio Special Forty “These 40th anniversary Dynaudios are classic in looks but cutting edge in ability.” Tested at £2,500

What HiFi? write …. We have a confession. Our first impression of Dynaudio’s 40th anniversary speaker is more one of mild disappointment than anything else. It’s not that there is a lot wrong with the Special Forty – it’s just the design seem a little too familiar. Dynaudio has made any number of two-way standmounters, of […]

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ETTA JAMES: ‘I was like a punker … I’d spit in a minute’ – a classic interview from the vaults

“In our latest visit to Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading archive of vintage music journalism – we bring you an interview with the late Etta James, by Cliff White for NME in 1978” “Thanksgiving Day in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven’t become […]

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MOSE ALLISON: An interview with Mose Allison:

The opportunity presented itself in November to attend a performance by blues artist Mose Allison at a jazz club in the Detroit area. This was my first time seeing him perform live, although I had been familiar with his music since youth. I have just recently become reanimated by his music, which has always made […]

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Chasing rainbows

Paul McGowan writes ….. I admit it. I am obsessed with high-end audio. How about you? Is yours a passion for music? Perhaps live sounding performances in your home at the touch of a finger or the drop of a needle? What floats your boat about high-end audio? And why am I asking all these […]

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