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Holiday Gift Ideas from Rhythm Planet

Posted December 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Unless you’ve somehow escaped the Christmas tunes piping ceaselessly from store speakers, you already know that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. To help you with your shopping list, here are a few gift ideas from all of us here at Rhythm Planet.
The Jazz Covers book from Taschen is now available in a new one-volume, attractively-priced version ($19.99). This hard cover book includes illustrations of many jazz …

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London Symphony Orchestra Beethoven Box: Great Performances, Wonderful Sound

Posted October 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I don’t often recommend classical releases, but I wanted to sing the praises of a superlative set I recently listened to again at home. Even among the countless recordings of Beethoven’s big nine cycle, this one stands out.
Opinions abound about Beethoven’s symphonies and their interpretations by orchestras around the world. He wrote really fast tempos (tempi?), which made them a challenge to conduct and …

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Am I a Music Dinosaur?

Posted September 26, 2016 by | 3 Comments
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When I walk down the CD and album-lined hallway at my home, I sometimes wonder if I’m like a dinosaur — a species about to go extinct. My record collecting habit started a long time ago in high school. I would go into town with my music and surfing buddies to record stores that carried jazz. Crane’s and Sam’s on Adams Boulevard were two …

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Rudy Van Gelder, Legendary Jazz Engineer (1924-2016) RIP

Posted August 25, 2016 by | 2 Comments
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I have been dreading the day I would hear this news. But it’s true, Rudy Van Gelder (RVG) has died at the age of 91. He became legendary, but started out recording late-night sessions in his parents’ living room in the early 1950’s while attending optometry school by day. Thank goodness he didn’t pursue an optometry career!
The other day I pulled out his 1953 recording for Prestige, Bag’s …

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L.A.’s Musical Treasure Chest

Posted July 20, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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I’m about to record an unusual program featuring non-human music…think whales, insects, frogs, and birds. For this show, I pulled out an obscure 1986 LP by composer Graeme Revell called The Insect Musicians. It was my first encounter with this prolific composer, who more recently has been successful in film composing.
What I noticed when pulling out the record was that I purchased it from Tower Records many …

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New Vinyl Sales are Up, Up and Away…!

Posted September 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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I am a vinyl junkie and have written about my habit before:
Also some seriously bad LP cover art…
I perked up when I saw this in the New York Times (there is a video after the ad, too).
Rusty old pressing plants are being bought up, refurbished after years of non-use and neglect, and still can’t keep up with demand for new vinyl pressings. Many independent labels …

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Frank Sinatra’s Classic Hi-Fi System

Posted July 8, 2015 by | 9 Comments
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Back in the 1950s and 1960s, America was producing some of the world’s best-sounding hi-fi gear by famous brands like Marantz, McIntosh, Fisher, Eico, Scott, Acoustic Resarch, and Altec-Lansing. Then in the 1970s, with the advent of transistors, many of the great tube amps, preamps, and speakers disappeared as they were replaced by mid-fi Japanese brands. Fortunately, since the 1990s, America’s hi-fi cottage industry has …

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Speakers Corner Audiophile Reissues

Posted June 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Gourmands and oenophiles love DOC/AOC (controlled designation of origin) wines, artisanally roasted micro lot coffees, cold-pressed olive oils, and heirloom everything.
With the demand for vinyl on the rise, what about artisanal vinyl? Specialty labels such as Classic Vinyl, Impex, and Analogue Productions work hard to bring music lovers and audiophiles vinyl reissues that are of superior quality compared to the originals. They take great care to source the …

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Steve Jobs’ Hi-Fi System

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 6 Comments
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I’ve written about the late Apple founder Steve Jobs opting to listen to vinyl over mp3s and CDs at home, even after inventing devices like the iPhone and iPod, which have revolutionized the way the people now consume their music.
I just started reading the new biography on him, Becoming Steve Jobs. While his love for innovation, precision, and great engineering were well-known, I was surprised to find that we …

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The Other Yoko

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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(L–R) Nadezhda von Meck, Betty Freeman, and Nica von Koenigswarter with Thelonious Monk
Few musicians are fortunate enough to have patrons. Tchaikovsky had one, a female benefactor whom he never met. Nadezhda von Meck’s largesse stipulated that he devoted himself full-time to composing, and that they would never meet. Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Barry Harris had Nica von Koenigswarter, a scion of the powerful Rothschild …

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