Nelson Pass – The Patents Of Pass

Brian Damkoroger: If high-end audio were to carve its own Mt. Rushmore, whose faces would appear there—besides that of Stereophile founder J. Gordon Holt, of course? It’s likely that no two audiophiles would ever come up with identical lists of subjects, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they could agree on at least one name: […]

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An Interview with Legendary Jazz Musician Max Roach

An Interview with Legendary Jazz Musician Max Roach completed as part of the Howard University Jazz Oral History Project. View More at http://library.howard.edu/jazz 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 […]

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ROBERT PLANT ….. “is back to his bluesy roots as his latest project gears up to close the Womad festival. It seems he’s happy to put his rock god days behind him”

Tim Cumming writes:  I’m due to meet him in a Russian tea room in Primrose Hill, but find the man instead in the local wine shop, pondering the chiller cabinet. Across the road, there’s a café crowded with a half dozen pavement-cramming prams. He makes a joke about fertility cults – you could say he […]

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Jazz: Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

Michael Feinstein, the singer and pianist known as the “ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” has a serious pedigree to back up that title: a real-life connection to one of America’s greatest songwriting teams. It’s the subject of Feinstein’s new memoir, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs. (A CD of Feinstein […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup talks three-motor turntables

Rafe Arnott: I had the rare opportunity recently to catch up with Audio Note UK head honcho, globetrotter, music lover, and hi fi-industry legend Peter Qvortrup, who graciously agreed to be assailed with questions by me regarding what his company has up its sleeve for 2016. Qvortrup is a man I’ve offered to drink beer […]

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Early Blues Interview Russell “Hitman” Alexander, singer / guitarist / songwriter:

“For twenty years, The Hitman Blues Band has been rocking the New York area with their searing brand of blues/rock, drawing favourable comparisons to Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Sheppard along the way. Led by founding member, guitarist/singer Russell “Hitman” Alexander, the band has made various personnel changes along the way, but Alexander […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup interviewed

Kari Nevalainen: Audio Note UK participated in the Helsinki HifiExpo 2011 with a system that comprised of AN-E/SEC Signature loudspeakers, ANJ UK’s Onkagu integrated, Level Five CD-transport and Fifth Element DAC, the AN-TT Two turntable with the new ARM Three and IoI MC cartridge, M9Phono pre-amplifier, and AN-SOGON cables. Many were truly impressed by the […]

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On recording Beethoven’s piano concertos – a personal diary by Yevgeny Sudbin

The pianist reveals what it was like to play Beethoven with Osmo Vänskä in Minnesota for the first time. A strong feeling of trepidation has always accompanied my arrival in the twin cities of Minnesota. I still remember experiencing it the very first time I was invited to work with the Minnesota Orchestra back in […]

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ROD STEWART: ‘I thought songwriting had left me’. Interview by Michael Hann

We are talking about soul music. Rod Stewart is telling me what a disaster his 2009 covers album Soulbook was. “It was a cock-up,” he says, his raspy voice made raspier still by a developing cold, “simply because you can’t beat the originals. You’ll never beat the originals, because they’re still on the airwaves.” MORE

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A new sound world: discover the piano music of Komitas

Simon Broughton talks to pianist Lusine Grigoryan about her new Komitas recording on ECM Ask someone to name an Armenian composer and the first name on the list is likely to be Aram Khachaturian, famous for his Gayane and Spartacus ballet scores. But for Armenians, their most treasured composer is Komitas (1869-1935), often described as […]

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Pete Townshend on The Who’s early days: “If I wasn’t working I would have been drinking, smoking grass and taking pep pills”

  “Pete Townshend recalls The Who’s wild early days, including their legendary performances at London’s Marquee club, in the new issue of Uncut. “If I wasn’t working, I would have been drinking, smoking grass and taking pep pills,” Townshend tells Uncut. Referring to The Who’s famous early shows at London’s Marquee, where the group found […]

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ASK THE EDITOR: #01

Is it possible that the lack of congruency between measurement and sound quality in speaker systems is merely because there are parameters that have yet to be measured? What? Ah, oh yes, I get it …. I think. Oh yes, I believe that absolutely. I mean there was a time when harmonic distortion in amplifiers […]

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WELL-TEMPERED: The Bill Firebaugh interview

J. Gordon Holt writes …..  Bill Firebaugh’s first product, the outrageous-looking Well-Tempered (tone) Arm, established him as one of audio’s most innovative designers. At the 1985 Winter CES, he showed a prototype companion product—the Well-Tempered Turntable—and was producing production units by January 1987. He discusses here the WTT’s unusual design features. (Readers should note that, […]

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The great jazz musician Sonny Rollins

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 see if it fits.  Thank you.

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Geoffrey Owen, main-man at Helius Designs

Hello Geoff, and thank you agreeing to be interviewed about social media in our shrinking audiophile world. So …. my first question; what’s your perception of the importance or irrelevance of Facebook in reaching out to potential audiophile buyers? Ah. Hmm. Howard, I suspect that you’re interviewing the wrong person. When I started writing novels […]

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Q&A: Brett Anderson ‘During the making of Head Music I was weak and selfish and thoroughly horrid’ – by Rosanna Greenstreet

“Brett Anderson, 43, was born in West Sussex. In the late 80s, he became the lead singer of Suede. The band won the Mercury Music prize with their debut self-titled album in 1993; their second album, Dog Man Star, was released the following year and, in 1996, they made Coming Up, which charted at number […]

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