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A is for Armstrong

In our formative years, ABC books helped us learn our letters and also introduced us to information about the world. A trip from A to Z remains fun for almost everybody, typically blending the familiar with the unexpected. Thus, the ABCs of Jazz which follows.  [Originally published as a "Jazz Tracks" column in CD Review, 10/1992.]

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Gear is the stuff you can kick–the metal, plastic, wood, and glass constructions that let us hear recorded music and see stored images at home and on-the-go. 

 
 
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Brill: Better Than Bose?

The noisest regular activity for most people is mowing the lawn.  Muffling the din from that activity is one of the great blessings of noise-reducing headphones.  In fact, the weekly lawn trim is the main purpose I've kept a set of such phones at hand for the past few years.

 
 
Build a great little amp

How would you like a compact, clean, bullet-proof 10 watt per channel power amplifier?  Think of the possible applications.  Use it with a portable CD player and a couple of small speakers for a transportable system that you could take on vacation or on business trips.  Add an FM tuner with a volume control and a couple of larger speakers for a nice bedroom, office, or workshop system.  Or set it up as an auxiliary headphone amp.

 
 
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Bright spots on the vocal jazz scene

Jazz singing has largely degenerated into an ill-considered revival of swing era pop-jazz chirping and cabaret performances that masquerade as jazz. Female singers are mostly at fault, but there are male practitioners who equally confuse the matter of singing jazz with jazzy singing. So does the listening public, of course.

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