Blues in Britain: Interview – Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

  From the archives – several years ago Paul Rishell & Annie Raines were interviewed by Y6 pupils* at Russell Hall Primary School, West Yorkshire following their workshop at the school and prior to their appearance in Keighley. * Thanks to Laura, Daniel, Natasha, Emily, Holly, Scott, Lauren & Lucy. Who or what encouraged you to start playing music? Annie – […]

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STAX: UK reliability

How reliable is STAX equipment? There is no quick answer to this. It depends on if we are discussing recent equipment or historic equipment, and also if we are considering the earspeakers or the energisers. My comments here are based on having sold very large quantities of STAX from August 2004 until I decided to […]

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Early Soft Machine

The thread starts: “…can’t stop listening to it. Utterly wonderful, experimental but still “pop” music. The Soft Machine and Volume Two, I got into a few years ago but just found Jet Propelled Photographs which are recordings that predate the first album. The early single Love Makes Sweet Music is a classic as well. Any […]

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JOE LOVANO: A Far Out Fugue

Originally posted April 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. Whistling ductwork, whirring fans, murmuring pipes—along with being jazz’s most storied location, a living shrine to the memories of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and so many others, Manhattan’s Village Vanguard, on Seventh Avenue South, was, on this winter’s night, the Das Boot of jazz. In every corner, […]

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Donny McCaslin: Interview with Donny McCaslin: Lightness and Gravity

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin seems like a young player, given his energy and inventiveness. But he has been playing jazz for three decades. As a child, he was part of his father’s jazz ensemble and a member of his high school jazz band. He led his own bands after moving to New York from his native […]

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CABLES: Costs Relative to System – opinions vary

Since making a spread sheet with my audio system prices, I have been thinking(shocked) about my total investment in cables. My total system retails at $67,000 (Digital and analog front ends included). I purchased all of it here on Audiogon so my investment is about 50%. Of that I have about 10% invested in interconnects […]

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