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Spring 2013 Secrets CD Reviews

Spring 2013 Secrets CD Reviews

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Summer 2012 Secrets CD Reviews

Summer 2012 Secrets CD Reviews

OMG. Little Richard, the true king of rock 'n roll, is back, and sounding better than ever. Here's Little Richard, his game-changing debut album for Specialty Records, is now beautifully remastered...

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CD Reviews for the Audiophile - February 2011

CD Reviews for the Audiophile-February 2011

The term “jazz” begins to lose meaning when applied to creations as brilliant as this. Iyer’s music transcends genres as it takes us on an oft-mesmerizing journey into the heart and mind of an extremely gifted musician. In “Autoscopy,” chords churn in ways that seem more connected to new music than jazz. The jazz element may be more recognizable in the relentless riffs of “Patterns,” but elements constantly change and shift in the 11 excursions on Solo in ways that transcend categories and labels. No wonder Iyer has also received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, wind quintet Imani Winds, and new music quartet Ethel.

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Winter 2011 CD and DVD-Audio Reviews for the Audiophile

Winter 2011 CD and DVD Reviews for the Audiophile

The extremely evocative, beautiful voice of Annette Cantor that elevates this album of seven songs for meditation and healing is the same voice that, years ago, helped make master musician Deuter’s Garden of the Gods (New Earth Records) one of my favorite New Age albums.

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CD Reviews for the Audiophile - January, 2011

CD Reviews for the Audiophile-January 2011

Bi-coastal jazz saxophonist Jason Robinson, 35, an Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College and former musician with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, seems to be blowing non-stop these days. No less that three albums that showcase the seemingly limitless range of his versatile musicianship hit the literal and virtual shelves in the fall of 2010. Each album shows Robinson on the cusp between tradition and experimentalism, with a strong emphasis on the latter.

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Fall 2011 CD and DVD Reviews for the Audiophile

Fall 2011 CD and DVD Reviews for the Audiophile

Is it possible that yours truly, who has hardly listened to rock ‘n roll since tripping weekly to the Beatles in the summer of 1967 and truly believing in the existence of tangerine trees and marmalade skies...

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Secrets 2010 Classical Holiday CD Reviews for the Audiophile

Secrets Classical Holiday CD Reviews

For its fifth release on the Harmonia Mundi label, Stile Antico brings its heavenly harmonies to Tudor music for Advent and Christmas. Beautifully recorded in DSD, and issued in high-resolution hybrid SACD format, this recording of the young English Renaissance vocal ensemble sounds wonderful on a standard CD player or laptop.

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CD and DVD Reviews for the Audiophile - July, 2011

CD and DVD Reviews for the Audiophile

From three renowned pioneers of the electric jazz fusion medium comes Forever, a surprising mix of back-to-the-roots, straight ahead acoustic jazz and electric fusion.

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High Definition Music Album Downloads for the Audiophile - December, 2010

hd-music-downloads-december-2010-teaserDecember's high resolution albums include jazz and classical, at 24/88 and 24/96 sampling. I burned them all to DVD+R media and listened to them with an OPPO BDP-83/NuForce universal player, Lamm LL1 preamplifier, McIntosh MC1201 power amplifiers, and Carver Mark IV ribbon speakers.

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CD and DVD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - April, 2011

April CD and DVD Reviews for the Audiophile

If there’s any way to change weather patterns with blasts of focused air, the 13 members of the 16-year old Bay Brass stand of good chance of transforming the San Francisco Bay Area as we know it. These members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and other regional orchestras have certainly given my ear canals the rotor rooter treatment. Sound the Bells!, their new recording on the Harmonia Mundi label, presents The Bay Brass in high-resolution, hybrid SACD format.

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CD Music Reviews for the Audiophile - November, 2010

CD Reviews for the Audiophile-November

On November 11, we learned if Clocks, a 19-minute composition on Bridge’s recent CD devoted entirely to the chamber music of Miguel del Aguila, won the Latin Recording Academy’s Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

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