Hi-Res Jazz

Hi-Res Jazz focuses on new and remastered jazz recordings released on SACD and hi-res downloads. Labels such as Songlines and Chesky in North America, Linn in the UK, Challenge and Fone in Europe, and reissue labels Analogue Productions and Mobile Fidelity, produce challenging new jazz music and remasters of classic titles with special attention to high quality sound. Nearly all new jazz production is captured at high resolution in the studio, and hundreds of contemporary and reissued titles are becoming available as downloads at their original recording or remastering resolutions. In a cultural climate where music too often functions as sonic wallpaper, where streaming services shortchange jazz artists and disrupt the integrity of album sequencing, the purchasing of hi-res discs and downloads (as well as new CDs) demonstrates support for the artists, keeps independent labels in business, and offers the listener a vivid recreation of musical performances.

HI-RES JAZZ

Charles Mingus and Miles Davis: Changing Moods

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The recordings of Charles Mingus in the mid-1950s document a musical voice so distinctive that they are immediately recognizable today. But Mingus' obsessive commitment to the primacy of the composition was not always shared by his peers, nor understood by his critics. A public feud between Mingus, who was struggling unsuccessfully to win critical recognition and financial rewards, and Miles Davis, then poised for prominence and commercial success, contains clues to the musical conundrum that both sought to ...

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The Westerlies: New Music For Brass In Hi Res

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The Westerlies, a self-titled album performed by an “accidental brass quartet" of two trumpet players and two trombonists, is a stunning accomplishment: a reference-quality recording of trans-genre new instrumental music that managed to beat the odds and reach a wide audience. The album's unexpected success points to the importance of curation in an overcrowded online music sphere. One track from the album, an arrangement of the English folk ballad “Saro," was promoted by Tom Huizenga, a music producer ...

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John Coltrane: Coltrane And Crescent—Shadows And Light

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Visual art is a play of shadow and light, and contrast makes the forms visible. In the best jazz music, there is a kind of inner light that emanates from the musicians, the light of creative impulse, the light of spontaneous artistic expression. Some jazz musicians--too many--cast their own shadows of addiction and self-destructiveness. But often--too often--new directions and developments in jazz are shadowed not by the musicians themselves, but by their detractors. A series of Impulse albums ...

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Miles Davis: In Time, All Changes

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Considered the most influential small jazz group of the middle 1960s, the Miles Davis “Second Great Quintet" has often been imitated but never equaled. Critical consensus holds that the revival of jazz in the 1980s was inspired by the six albums the Quintet recorded from 1965-1968. But a set of particular cultural and personal dynamics shaped the Quintet's recordings in ways that are unrepeatable. Mobile Fidelity's SACD reissue series of Miles Davis' Columbia LPs shines a spotlight on these rightfully ...

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Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music

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The independent Vancouver-based record label Songlines Recordings was established in 1992. Inspired by the contemporary jazz music scene in Vancouver, label founder Tony Reif began recording Canadian, American, Dutch, German and French composer-performers. Over the next two decades, the core group of musicians who recorded frequently for Songlines included Benoît Delbecq, Harris Eisenstadt, Gordon Grdina, Wayne Horvitz, Francois Houle, Brad Shepik and Michael Blake. Plot a zig-zag route from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, to San Francisco and Reno, from New ...

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Blue Note On Blu-Ray

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Jazz music is best appreciated with “big ears" and an open mind. Just as exposure to new music casts older, familiar works in a different light, newer formats can expand a listener's perspective on the strengths and limitations of the original recordings. SACDs, Blu-Ray discs and hi-res downloads accurately represent the affective details of jazz performance: the swish of brushes on a snare; the subtle inflections of a trumpet player's phrasing; the timbre that distinguishes one bassist's instrument--and ...


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