JAZZ : Greg Adams In Conversation

Much of the early buzz surrounding the release of ‘East Bay Soul 2.0’ was about how a sensational campaign to raise the $25,000 necessary to record the album hit its target.  However, now it’s all about the music.  Make no mistake; this is a collection of the highest order and everything (plus a little bit […]

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG Audio diaries

Paul Sexton … “The rhapsodic trumpet, the dabbing handkerchief, the Grand Canyon grin across the “satchel-mouth” that gave him his nickname. To anyone that grew up in the 20th century, Louis Armstrong is as familiar as Father Christmas. But over recent months, I’ve been getting to know a side of Satchmo that’s rarely been heard […]

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AUDIO INSIDER

Hope for the future

There are many reasons why we launched Octave Records, but chief among them was to add to the small supply of high-resolution recordings as well as to help set standards of what we as the high-end audio community demand in the way of well-recorded material. To that end, I think we’re on the right track. Part of […]

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STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: The Incense and Peppermints (Limited Edition blotter blue Vinyl)

We are told: The Strawberry Alarm Clock made musical history with its first single, the infectiously psychedelic “Incense and Peppermints,” which topped the singles charts in December 1967. It remains one of the Aquarian Age’s most enduring anthems. And as the California combo’s debut LP demonstrates, there was a lot more to the Strawberry Alarm […]

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SPRINGSTEEN: Sweden Broadcast 1988

DYNAMIC LATE 1980S BROADCAST FROM THE TUNNEL OF LOVE TOUR For Bruce Springsteen, the 1980s were as turbulent as they were rewarding and accomplished. The release of 84 s Born In The U.S.A. and the quintuple live LP collection Live/1975-85 were met with the kind of success very few music artists ever achieve. Selling in […]

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HARBETH: ” …. mind you, we would be remiss to remember the true designer Dudley Harwood.”

A true and little known fact regarding all of DH’s designs was that his strong religious conviction (Plymouth Brethren) precluded him from listening to any music of any form through his designs. Apparently all his designs were quite literally “voiced” using playback of very high quality analogue tape recordings of his beloved wife. Once the […]

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TUBULAR BELLS: The Mike Oldfield Story

Duration: 1 hour. In 1973, an album was released that against all odds and expectations went to the top of the UK charts. The fact the album launched a record label that became one of the most recognisable brand names in the world (Virgin), formed the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of the […]

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STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Firebird Suite (1919 version); Scherzo a la Russe; Tango No. 72 Ivan Fischer conducting The Budapest Festival Orchestra Review By Max Westler

I once thought (wrongly, as it turned out) that basically all versions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring sounded pretty much the same. Stravinsky had finally done something that all other composers could only dream of: he’d created a piece of music that was conductor-proof. Of course, this didn’t begin to explain why that final chord […]

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JOEY DEFRANCESCO: Interview with the jazz legend

One of the best ways to learn jazz is to sit down and talk with virtuosic jazz musicians. In this incredible interview we get an opportunity to sit down and explore the mind of jazz organ virtuoso Joey Defrancesco. Who Is Joey Defrancesco? Joey Defrancesco is simply one of the greatest jazz musicians alive today! As […]

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AUDIO INSIDER

Dither is the addition of randomness into low-level signals. Surprisingly, we do this to lower distortion of predictable errors.

The dictionary has several meanings to the word dither. The most common is to be indecisive. The second meaning is more related to what interests us: to add white noise. Dither is the addition of randomness into low-level signals. Surprisingly, we do this to lower distortion of predictable errors. Here’s a great example from a Photoshop […]

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MAYNARD FERGUSON: Storm (CD)

After moving to the U.S. from Canada in the 1940s, Maynard Ferguson gained prominence through his association with Stan Kenton in the following decade. Striking out on his own, he appeared on numerous film soundtracks (including The Ten Commandments), eventually forming his own band. A relocation to England in the 1960s, he became a fixture […]

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CHICK COREA / HIROMI: Duet

John Fordham … “This is the kind of venture – with two flying-fingered virtuosi trying to out-magic each other – that can generate a lot more heat than illumination. But this effervescent double-set of acoustic-piano exchanges on a dozen pieces balances virtuosity with mutual respect, and suggests the encounter was a ……” MORE

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AUDIO INSIDER

The 30 second rule

My dear friend, conductor Lowell Graham has what he calls his 30-second rule. “If something does not grab me in in the first 30 seconds of listening, I do not continue.  That can be of compositional value, recording, performance and is certainly the combination of all those attributes.” Now that’s pretty sound advice though at first I […]

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STEVEN WILSON: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

  All•About•Jazz write ….. The trajectory of Steven Wilson’s career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)—an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace […]

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