Feb 26, 2019
My pick this month is Nina Simone’s Little Girl Blue, Jazz Images 37010. Originally issued by Bethlehem Records in late 1957, there are many,
Feb 25, 2019
My music pic for the month is Dimension 3 by Enoch Light and the Light Brigade, Command Records, 1964, vinyl. This LP features, and I quote, “An Astonishing New Achievement in Stereo Recording, The Incredible Miracle of “3-Speaker Presence”,”. As audiophiles we are used to such things, but maybe back in ’64? The music is pure cocktail, lounge. It has Instrumental renditions of standards such as “All I do is Dream of You”, “Love and Marriage” and “It’s only a Paper Moon”. Featuring lots of bongos, percussion, organs and brass, some nice jazz guitar etc., the performance is quite tight and pleasing.
But does the sound live up to the hype? Well, Yes! It’s really a masterful recording. Every instrument has a punchy percussive quality rarely heard. Excellent stereo spread and front to back imaging make it a great test record. It goes really well with martinis as well. Actually, all the albums on the “Command” label are like this. All fantastic. Leslie and I each have a growing collection of them. Available at estate sales and thrift stores everywhere!
Also notable labels in the same genre with nearly as excellent sound include Stereo Fidelity records, and the “Phase 4 Stereo” series from London Records. Cheers!
Jan 28, 2019
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise.
This, LaMontage’s fourth studio album, has the distinction of being entirely self produced.
Dec 27, 2018
My album pic for this month is Pink Floyd, The Piper at the Gate of Dawn, EMI remaster 2-cd set (mono and stereo) 2007.
Dec 22, 2018
Carl Orff – Carmina Burana
A Scenic Cantata
Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
I am choosing an old favorite for this month. A very dramatic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935-1936. My experience with cantatas prior to hearing this were all church related. This piece is based on 24 poems from the 11th -13th centuries. This is a secular work and if you read translations of the poems you will see that.
Nov 26, 2018
My album pic for this month is “Julie London Sings the Standards” 2001 EMI Records CD. I started listening to female jazz vocalists more in the mid 90’s. My first love was Sarah Vaughn, followed by Ella and Billie. Then one day a few years ago, I was working out at the health club, listening to “Jazz Vocalists” playlist on Pandora (I know, an odd choice for lifting weights, but then I’m different). Then suddenly I heard this song “Sway” (unfortunately not on this compilation) with a woman singing I didn’t’ recognize. I thought, who on earth is this sultry seductress? The one and only Julie London. I since sought out everything I could find by her and she’s became one of my very favorites. She has a sensuality like no other. This compilation sounds quite good. All songs were recorded from the late 50’s to late 60’s. While some tracks have the vocals with some reverb sending the vocals to the back of the soundstage, some like “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and “Love Letters”, have the vocals so up front you would swear Julie was in your room singing to you. A really great CD performance and sound wise, highly recommended.