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Mark Werlin

I enjoy writing about new music and classic reissues with a focus on the artists, producers, engineers and labels who are committed to hi-res SACDs and audio downloads.

About Me

I'm a lifelong music lover and the child of classical musicians. Early flute studies led to playing alto sax in informal jazz rehearsals, and writing songs and performing in a New Wave rock band. My professional background includes co- authoring five published novels, writing research and shooting photos for articles and interviews published in the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger and other Swiss news outlets, and researching and writing an investigative article published in German by the Tages-Anzeiger and in English by the Boulder (Colorado) Weekly. Currently, I'm a video producer-editor and online communications manager and consultant for nonprofit organizations in Northern California; the site jazz reviewer for HRAudio.net; an enthusiast for 1960s Blue Note recordings and contemporary European jazz; a participant in Swiss direct democracy; a supporter of independent journalism; and an obsessive reader of Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon novels in the company of single-malt Scotch and Calvados, respectively. Credo: Hi-res audio can be a vehicle for engaged, affecting, transformative listening experiences. What musicians play at the recording date is inextricably interwoven with personal and social history, language and culture.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-04-23

The first jazz performance I attended was a concert by Miles Davis at Royce Hall, UCLA, in late 1970 (the Jarrett, Bartz, Henderson and Airto electric group). Traumatizing and unforgettable. Five years later, I had the privilege of sitting in the Keystone Korner in San Francisco, hearing Charles Mingus play "Fables of Faubus". A tragedy that one of America's greatest musicians received such belated recognition for his work and was granted such a short time in this life.