After many years pairing high-powered amps with low-efficiency loudspeakers I decided to go in the opposite direction. Why? Mainly curiosity. I've never had the opportunity to hear high-efficiency single-driver loudspeakers in my system and thought it was time. And tubes. I find tubes fascinating, single-ended triode in particular. Cost of these amps was always somewhat … Continue reading A new direction
I recently discovered this initial release (2004) by the Roberto Fonseca Afro-Cuban Jazz Project. Mr. Fonseca is a now-well-known jazz pianist hailing from Havana, Cuba. There are several standouts ("Igbae", "Negra Mia", and "De Regreso") on this album including an interesting take on "Over the Rainbow".
Pandora In a previous post I stated the Pandora Premium tier wasn't what I was looking for as a supplement to Tidal and cancelled my subscription. However, it didn't take long to find myself really missing all that Pandora brings to the table. Music discovery is what I value most with the service and their … Continue reading Streaming .. again
I recently heard a song from this album by Darren Lyons on my Dave Peck Pandora station (yeah, another "Streaming Update" blog post is coming) and just had to give the album a listen. Glad I did .. good straight-ahead jazz. Check out his site for more info on this excellent drummer and what his … Continue reading Darren
Another Houston Person discovery. This time he collaborates with Teddy Edwards and pays tribute to some past greats. Wonderful album.
Just a follow-up .. my Amazon Music Unlimited trial is about to end and I decided to purchase a yearly subscription for $79. It's a good value (for Prime members) over the usual suspects (Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, etc.) even with Apple's recently announced $99/yr option. Yes, I like the service.
I'm a fan of Bill Charlap and by extension the New York Trio. I think Mr. Charlap is one of the finest (and underrated) pianists in the jazz world.
"Night Lights" is a Gerry Mulligan recording from 1963. Pour yourself a cocktail and have a listen. More info and a nice review can be found on the LondonJazzCollector blog.