Oct 242014
Today's Fresh Catch: Soultrane and Lush Life in mono by Analogue Productions

I love jazz. While I really enjoy listening to a lot of different musical styles, jazz was my first musical love, and it remains my first choice to unwind with a little music listening after a long day. So I want to offer kudos to Analogue Productions – my favorite jazz reissue record label – for producing a cherry-picked set of 25 of the best Rudy Van Gelder Prestige mono recordings, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original [...]

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Oct 122014
Today's Fresh Catch: Rollins Plays for Bird (mono)

I always get a little bit excited when I get an email from Acoustic Sounds announcing their latest vinyl arrivals, and I’m way behind on telling you about some of the great albums I’ve come across lately. With all the attention being paid to new vinyl releases in (re)mastering and cutting, and the advent of full 45 RPM albums, we’re in the midst of a second Golden Age of vinyl. Take for example, the Prestige remaster [...]

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Oct 102014
Chad’s Second Annual ‘Seattle Through The Back Door’ Bicycle Tour

Last week was my second annual ‘Seattle Through the Back Door’ bicycle tour with my buddy Chad (below), so I thought I’d share a few of the highlights with you. In case you’re wondering about the title, it’s a tip of the hat to one of my favorite Europe tour providers, Rick Steves, who’s based in Edmonds, Washington, a little bit North of Seattle. Rick’s travel philosophy is “Travel is freedom … one of the last great sources [...]

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Oct 052014
Howard Checking in from the UK: Duelund Silver WRSE Internal High-Frequency Crossover

Howard sent me a quick email and photo of the superb internal Duelund high-frequency crossover he developed for his Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers. Jeff, I have been following your articles on the Duelund mods to your Westminster Royals over last 6 months. Really excellent work – congratulations. I have carried out – maybe – the final mod to my Royals (I attached a photo of the mod). It shows the last section of the treble circuit [...]

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Sep 282014
Camerata Musica presents the Brasil Guitar Duo!

Last night I thoroughly enjoyed listening to São Paulo’s Brasil Guitar Duo – João Luiz (left) and Douglas Lora (right) – playing unamplified classical guitars in a small, intimate, auditorium setting in Richland, Washington. (photo below courtesy of the Brasil Guitar Duo website) The Brasil Guitar Duo was presented by  Camerata Musica as the kick-off for their 2014-2015 chamber music concert season. I was so impressed that I wrote them a check to become a patron for the upcoming season on the spot! Let [...]

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Sep 152014
Today's Fresh Catch: Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall

Today’s Fresh Catch is the Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall 2-LP reissue set that was mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original 3-track master tapes, and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. I’ve been away for four day road trip to Boise, Idaho, getting my parents’ house prepped for sale after they moved into assisted living where I live. It sure is nice having my parents close by again to visit with, but it sure has [...]

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Sep 092014
Today's Fresh Catch: Ellington At Newport

Have you ever thought that you knew about something, then found out that you didn’t know as much as you thought, and felt like a real jackass? That’s what I felt like after listening to the Ellington At Newport LP by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. You see, sometime back I had vowed to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more Mobile Fidelity remasters because they sounded too hyped up, too audiophile like, with exaggerated high [...]

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Aug 312014
The Third Annual ANVIL Award Celebration!

Labor Day weekend here in the States signals the greatly anticipated arrival of the annual ANVIL Award gathering put on by those inveterate audio statesmen, Stephaen Harrell (6Moons) and Pete Riggle (Pete Riggle Audio Engineering). In the photo below, that’s Stephaen on the left, Pete on the right, and this year’s ANVIL awardee, ‘My Last Pair of Speakers’ Harry  Zweben, in the center. In case you’ve never heard of the the ANVIL Award, it’s the [...]

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Aug 292014
Other Stuff: Good food, good times, and Mauviel M'Heritage Copper M250C.

You might have noticed that the tagline on my Jeff’s Place blog is “Music, Hi-Fi, Fotografie, and Other Stuff”.  This post is about the ‘other stuff’. It’s a lot of fun to combine food and music, like I did recently when visiting Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie in Spokane, Washington, with Cindy, while taking in the nine-time Tony Award® winning musical, The Book of Mormon, at the Performing Arts Center. At Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie even the [...]

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