In Conversation With Sonny Rollins

    A Sonny Rollins concert is an event in the world of jazz.Rolling Stone once said that, in the future, people will boast of having seen Rollins perform, much as the lucky few now boast of having seen the great bebop pioneer Charlie Parker. Rollins indelibly wrote himself into the pages of jazz history on June […]

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ABRAHAMSSON AUDIO: Are they still in business?

Abrahamsson Audio – are they still in business? We don’t think so. Here’s what we’ve been able to find so far: “Norwegian manufacturer of high end amplifiers based in Oslo and run by Ola Abrahamsson who some of you might remember from Internet amplifier DIY discussions in the 90’s. Started manufacturing amplifiers using a slightly […]

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Beats & Pieces Big Band make a splash at Ronnie Scott’s, review

Ivan Hewett, Chief Classical Music and Jazz Critic 3 January 2018 • 12:06pm Beats & Pieces Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s ★★★★☆ Few sounds are as instantly recognisable as a big band. And that’s its problem. Those choirs of trumpets and horns raised in ecstatic harmony carry one irresistibly back to a different, more glamorous age. It […]

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MADRIGAL: Phil Muzio, their CEO

First published in 2012 David Lander / Stereophile writes: Madrigal’s chief executive officer is known for working well into the night, but that’s been a goal of his since boyhood. For many years he dreamed of becoming a professional guitarist, and even dropped out of Yale to satisfy a ravenous musical appetite. “Enough of trying […]

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Live at Ronnie Scott’s (CD) by John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

We are told ….. ‘Live at Ronnie Scott’s’ offers the listener a wonderful souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – […]

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MADNESS: Suggs and Mike Barson – how we made One Step Beyond

Interview by Dave Simpson: Suggs, singer and songwriter I got sacked from Madness just before we recorded One Step Beyond, still our bestselling album. We used to rehearse on Saturdays, and the band started to get annoyed that I was away every other weekend. I was watching Chelsea! So one day, I was looking through Melody Maker and […]

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MERIDIAN: Thoughts invited re a curious phenomenon re pre-owned gear

 Howard Popeck … There has been for some while a curious trend re the sale prices achieved for BS Meridian pre-owned equipment. The 500 series and 600 series do attract rather high prices whereas the G-series rarely do. Even the comparatively modest 200 series, now circa 28 years olds, achieves surprisingly high prices. The 101/105 […]

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DSD: Jared Sacks interview

Jason Victor Serinus writes: Some months back, SACD and DSD champion Jared Sacks, founder of Channel Classics, stopped by Casa Bellecci-Serinus in Oakland for an extended chat about the history of his label, recording in DSD, and his new NativeDSD.com download site. I started our conversation by asking Jared to share his history with music […]

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LOU REED: A Family in Peril – Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

  Merrill Reed Weiner writes: In the coming weeks, my brother, Lou Reed, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, an honor celebrating his incredible impact upon the world of music. Since his passing from liver disease in 2013, there have been many accolades, articles, and ruminations […]

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NIRVANA: Transmission Impossible (3CD)

3 DISC SET FEATURING LIVE NIRVANA BROADCASTS FROM 7 DIFFERENT PERFORMANCES This three CD set consists of Nirvana at their very best, performing live on various occasions across theirshort but dynamic career. Featuring live broadcasts from; 1987 in Olympia W.A. for KAOS FM community radio while in the very earliest incarnation; 1991 at Del Mar […]

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Caterina Barbieri: Minimalist electronic artist

Sound On Sound write ….. With the final programme for Loop — Ableton’s music summit — being announced, we took the opportunity to catch up with one of the artists on the roster. We talk to Berlin-based Italian minimalist electronic artist, Caterina Barbieri whose 2017 record Patterns of Consciousness has received critical acclaim and even been named […]

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Synergy? Synergy!

Hi Neil. I’ve heard the word; quite often in fact. I think I know what it means but I’m not entirely sure. This proved embarrassing when I was asked this recently by my wife. I found I couldn’t really explain it. I couldn’t properly articulate it. It started me thinking. If I can’t explain it […]

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CRAZY: US prices

From the archives In this month’s Stereophile (Sep-12), Art Dudley in ‘Skin Deep’ highlights the hugely spiralling average prices of American hi-fi as seen in the recent Chester Group New York Audio and AV Show. If we ever needed further proof that the industry is selling smaller and smaller volumes and therefore pricing itself out […]

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