Thursday Jun 21

Notes

Let's have a permanent moratorium on the phrase "Limited Edition." After all, practically anything you buy--a CD, a pair of shoes, an amplifier, a bicycle--is a limited edition by the nature of commerce. Only so many of any non-commodity item will ever be made and offered for sale.

 

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.]

Paris deserves its "City of Light" sobriquet. The French capital shines on sunny days and sparkles on crisp, clear nights. And even when the sky is clouded over, Paris has an intrinsic glow. It's uncanny.

A few decades ago (to me sometimes it seems like a few days ago), musicians often made statements in their music.   They put themselves out on the front lines in defense of our ideals and of our republic.

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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