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Tom Krehbiel 
This site is the result of Tom Krehbiel's switch from print media to on-line publishing under his own aegis. It started out as the exclusive location for Tom's articles, both those that first appeared on paper and newer ones created for the web.  He operates theSoundscapeBlog as another online outlet.

Noise // Notes

Avoid damaging your PMP when using certain headphones.

All stereo headphones used to have 1/4" phone plugs to connect them to matching jacks on stereo amplifiers and receivers. (John Koss enjoyed telling how he flim-flammed Avery Fisher and Herman Scott into adding those holes to their components, but that's a story for another day.)

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In The Astonishing Hypothesis (1994) Nobel laureate Francis Crick, one of the DNA guys, describes a study on selective attention in hearing that makes clear the need for a stereo/mono switch for playback of single channel source material.   The main sources this affects are mono LPs, 45s, and 78s, but I have a few CDs were mastered from mono LP sources in which the production engineers did not take the obvious and necessary step of mixing down the left and right channels.

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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Music // Overviews

A few more CDs from 2006

Fantasy Records [now part of Concord Music Group] says that it holds "The World's Mightiest Jazz Catalog" and has been releasing a series of Original Jazz Classics samplers to support the claim. Three are based on '50s and '60s recordings that came out on smaller and subsidiary labels like Jazzland, New Jazz, Specialty, and HiFiJazz.  Those three are, to me, the most interesting so far. That's probably because most of the performances and even a number of the performers are less well known than the relatively big names and familiar performances that the earlier Fantasy, Prestige, Riverside, and Contemporary compilations quite naturally present.

OJC Jazzland

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