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Every edition is limited

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.

 
 
A is for Armstrong
An ABC of Jazz

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:  The City of Music!

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.

 
 
The Sound Strike: Musicians work to block AZ immigration law

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.

 
 
Avoid damaging your PMP when using certain headphones.
An adapter is not enough!

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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Audio, ETC.

In the introductory days of audio componentry and the search for quality in reproduced music at home, Edward Tatnall Canby wrote a series of columns on the topic for The Saturday Review.  Those columns, along with related commentary by C.G. Burke and Irving Kolodin, appeared in book form in 1952 as The Saturday Review Home Book of Recorded Music and Sound Reproduction. I recently spotted a copy on eBay and placed a winning bid.

 
 
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Music // Overviews

Big band surprises from Pablo

Fantasy Records surprised me [in 2002] with a double-barreled blast of (officially) previously unreleased live recordings by the Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton Orchestras.  They are, respectively Duke Ellington at the Alhambra: Pablo PACD-5313-2 and Stan Kenton Orchestra: Stompin' at Newport. Pablo PACD-5312-2).

Ellington at the AlhambraKenton at Newport

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