Starting with a wide-angle, let’s put our hobby up against the backdrop of the current state of our larger world and the US. There’s a lot to worry about. I’m thankful I’ve the time and means to also worry about how my hifi sounds. Perspective. I am, I suppose, format-agnostic. I stream music using Tidal […]
Sometimes absurdity is the only proper response. This week it’s Dave King, drummer/composer of The Bad Plus, his YouTube series, Rational Funk and online show, Lights Cameron Jackson. Also I’m rambling on Tidal streaming service and Roon music player software and more music. My favorite episode: Rational Funk #15 More from Dave King and friends […]
This one has been on my list for a while – see my Year in Music post – and gets frequent spins. Virtual spins. Streams…Wait, I think the vinyl is available now…hold on. Yep. It’s on the way. Will follow up on that soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for a great new […]
21st century interpretations of Thelonius Monk’s music arranged for a 15 piece band. This is innovative, engaging and intriguing in it’s depth. Still absorbing it… Check it out.
Today it’s trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s soundtrack for The Comedian. Joining Blanchard are Ravi Coltrane and Kenny Barron, Carl Allen, David Pulphus and Khari Allen Lee. Check it out.
Today, it’s Avishai Cohen’s record for ECM released February 2016. Somber and atmospheric. Cohen spent several years with the SF Jazz Collective, and first recorded for ECM playing with Mark Turner’s quartet on Lathe of Heaven. One of my favorites from last year.
Oohh, they’re back. At first listen, the new Flaming Lips record – Oczy Mlody – sounds like it’s bridging the gap between the later, more experimental releases, and their older and more melodic pop work. I dig it.
Tidal has added more MQA Masters records today, and I’m a bit more jazzed. I’m using the software decoding, since the Yggdrasil isn’t ready for MQA. Listening to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot now, and it sounds lovely. Again, it feels less compressed in this version – wide open – and so spatial cues are more there. […]
What is it? From the source: MQA I have avoided reading much about it, since I first heard word in 2015, as I did not expect to have access to music in the MQA format without a dac to decode it. That changed this morning, when Tidal HIFI subscribers were given the option to stream MQA […]
And it makes me groove more than any other bit of gear before it. We’ve been together three weeks now, and I think it’s enough, at least, to share some thoughts. And, as much as I do appreciate a detailed technical exercise, I’ll be staying where I’m most comfortable, and leaving the engineering debate to […]