Jazz


  • Treasures from the Vinyl Vault: Shelly Manne, Barney Kessel, Curtis Counce, Howard Rumsey, Art Pepper

    Welcome to my series Treasures from the Vinyl Vault. In it, I will feature select gems from my approximately 12,000 ever-growing vinyl collection, accumulated over a 45-year period and counting.

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  • Heaven 11 Billie MKII Integrated Amplifier Review

    Doug More of The Sound Advocate likes what he hears in the new Heaven 11 Billie MKll class-D / tube integrated amplifier.

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  • 5 HiFi Hangouts for the Golden-Eared Montrealer

    Exploring Montreal’s Premier Sound Havens For audiophiles seeking the ultimate auditory experience, Montreal offers a rich tapestry of venues that cater to the golden-eared. From cozy bistros blending gourmet cuisine with vinyl records to vibrant bars with custom sound systems, the city’s sound havens promise a unique and immersive listening experience. Join us as we…

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  • Reviewed: Kamasi Washington’s Fearless Movement

    As an ambitious creator of new musical worlds, visionary saxophonist Kamasi Washington wants to understand and proclaim the power of love. He wants to come to terms with his mortality. He wants to make people dance. And he certainly wants people to stop hating on jazz. Mixing jazz horns with afrofuturist concepts, spiritual transcendence, and…

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  • Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant—Why You Should Go

    I go every year to the Montreal International Jazz Festival—I love it. But if you don’t like crowds, or you don’t mind them and just like to go to outdoor music festivals in general, might I suggest a visit to Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant, a smaller, cozier, more laid-back version of its Montreal cousin.

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  • Jazz Kissa and the Rise of Hi-Fi Havens

    Welcome to the inaugural feature of our new column, Hi-Fi Havens, where we’ll explore the world’s most captivating high-fidelity cafés, lounges and listening places. Each edition will take us to a new city, uncovering the local spots where music isn’t just background noise but the main event, played on systems that turn listening into a…

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  • Impex Reissues the Bossa Nova Jazz Classic Getz/Gilberto (and an Interview With Nick Getz and Abey Fonn)

    Frank Doris interviews Nick Getz, son of sax legend Stan Getz, and Abey Fonn of Impex Records, about the new Getz/Gilberto LP reissue of the bossa nova classic.

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  • Review: PS Audio AirLens Network Streamer

    The PS Audio AirLens Network Streamer is building a huge following. This review explains why.

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  • High Fidelity or High Fantasy? 6 of the Snakiest Oils in Audio

    The HiFi world is notorious as an industry rife with superstitions, outlandish claims, and broken promises. It’s a realm where the pursuit of pristine sound often collides with the allure of pseudoscience and the mystical. In this article, we dive into some of the most eyebrow-raising products on the market—from quantum stickers that claim to…

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  • The Vinyl Frontier: A Spin Through Record Store Day

    Click here to jump to the highlights and special releases of the 2024 edition. On April 20th, vinyl enthusiasts and music aficionados around the globe unite for a celebration that spins beyond just a routine shopping spree—it’s Record Store Day, the annual event that’s been putting the needle back on the beloved grooves of vinyl…

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  • Reviewed—Audiophile Analog Collection Vol.2

    “Not only is this double-LP compilation outstanding in sound, it is also excellent musically and performance-wise—surprisingly so, perhaps, given the poor history of audiophile-oriented releases.”

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  • MAF 2024: Filtronique / Audiovector, Moon by Simaudio, Naim, AudioQuest

    Prices listed in CA$. This room looked more inviting to me than most other rooms I visited at the show. It looked like a private living room with plenty of space, so people waiting for a seat could just stroll around inside instead of waiting outside in the hallway, which was a relief. But it’s…

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  • Streaming vs. Lossless: Understanding Audio Formats

    In the ever-evolving landscape of digital music, the quest for pristine sound quality amidst the convenience of digital formats has led to the creation of an array of lossless audio codecs. These formats serve as a beacon for audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike, offering a sanctuary where the integrity of sound is preserved in its…

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  • 6e FESTIVAL QUÉBEC JAZZ EN JUIN : de l’Acoustique à l’Électrique

    Du 20 au 30 juin 2024 6e FESTIVAL QUÉBEC JAZZ EN JUIN : de l’Acoustique à l’Électrique 90 spectacles et 60 concerts gratuits ! Québec, le mardi 2 avril 2024 – Le Festival Québec Jazz en Juin est de retour pour une 6e année sous le thème De l’Acoustique à l’Électrique. Du 20 au 30…

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  • From Halfway House to Vinyl Powerhouse: The Full Interview With Chad Kassem

    “My goal is to win. That’s why I recut the Steely Dan record, the first one, seven times. I’m going to make sure ours is better.”

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