Live At The Half Note (2CD) by Horace Silver Feat. Woody Shaw

• Brilliant performance live at the Half Note • Includes the entire broadcast • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality • Background liners Having played with and written for Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Miles Davis and many others, by the late 50s saxophonist and pianist Horace Silver was pioneering hard bop, incorporating elements of […]

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Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: Moment and the Message – review

  John Fordham writes: Sicilian Defense is a chess strategy, and this music certainly has a rigorous logic. But trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, who lent his classically schooled skills to the bands of saxists Steve Coleman and Steve Lehman and postponed leading his own until now, straddles the mathematical and the colloquial so well on this […]

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RY COODER: Soundtracks (7CD Box)

For decades, multi-Grammy-winner Ry Cooder has used his virtuosic command of the guitar to explore countless genres across more than a dozen solo albums. But he’s also a master at using music to conjure moods and atmospheres, a skill that’s earned him acclaim as a soundtrack producer with film credits that go back more than […]

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Chicago Blues All Stars 1970 (CD) by Willie Dixon • Lafayette Leake • Lee Jackson • Sister Rosetta Tharpe • Clifton James • Shaky Horton

  We are told ….. The Chicago Blues All Stars, live at the Blues & Gospel Night, Chicago on November 8th 1970. At the colder end of 1970, the cool sound of gospel blues still hollered loudly in the aftermath of a rock revolution and a revival in soul and R&B. Older genres such as […]

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BACH: “Mrs Bach had too many kids to write the great man’s music, says Julian Lloyd Webber”

Adam Sherwin writes: It is a provocative claim which has split music scholars. Has new forensic analysis “proved” that some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s best-loved works were actually written by his wife? Now the acclaimed cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has rubbished the theory that Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, was the secret composer of some […]

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When Albums Ruled the World

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long-playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the three-minute pop single and express themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvas of the album. The LP allowed popular […]

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Why do people buy expensive digital streamers?

I see that Naim and Linn streamers are often recommended on hifi fora, but why? Apart from them looking nice and perhaps fitting in with the rest of ones kit, what do they do that an Apple Airport Express can’t? There’ll be no difference in sound between the cheapest and most expensive streamers, bar whatever […]

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PLAINSONG: In Search Of Amelia Earhart (CD)

  Plainsong was originally a British country rock/folk rock band, formed in early 1972 by Ian (later Iain) Matthews, formerly of Fairport Convention; Andy Roberts, previously of The Liverpool Scene; Dave Richards; and Bob Ronga. The original group split up before the end of 1972 but, since the early 1990s, Matthews and Roberts intermittently performed […]

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Which overlooked turntable gems are worth pursuing?

I fancy putting together a small secondary (as my Well tempered amadeus will stay as my main vinyl spinner) turntable collection, yes in an ideal world i would like an LP12, 301, 1210, TD124 etc but we all know these are not the bargains they once were so funds wont allow this. Any recommendations for […]

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TT bearing – how much oil to use?

  The thread starts ….. I can’t seem to find a sensible answer on the web for this – I’m restoring a Michell Transciptors Hydraulic Ref TT – final job before filling the silicon damping well is to oil/reassemble the bearing – looks v. simple, just a shaft with an inverted cone in the end […]

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