Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  6 comments
The young jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant’s arrival on the jazz scene began when she entered and won the 2010 Thelonious Monk competition, which annually spotlights a different instrument. That year was a vocal contest. Singing was not the 21 year old’s intended career choice.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2000  |  0 comments
The ad for the tag sale read "Former member of '60s rock group selling LP collection and vintage instruments," so of course I took the bait. I arrived early, or so I thought---there were already 30 folks ahead of me. I stayed anyway: You never can tell what sloppy seconds will yield---and perhaps they were all there for the other stuff.
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 26, 2017  |  First Published: Sep 26, 2017  |  8 comments
Cable manufacturer Morrow Audio recently opened a used record store on a busy Florence, Kentucky highway. 30,000 cars pass the store daily.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 21, 2017  |  7 comments
Originally released on CD in 2011 this recorded-to-tape Gillian Welch gem finally has an AAA vinyl release. Welch explains the motivation for the vinyl version in a Washington Post profile .

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 21, 2017  |  First Published: Sep 21, 2017  |  9 comments
What else needs to be said?
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 20, 2017  |  First Published: Sep 20, 2017  |  6 comments
How best to sell to the Dylan-loving fanbase his "Jesus period"? That was the question Columbia Records/Legacy Records asked itself and had to answer in order to present to the public this new set available in a deluxe 8 CD/1 DVD Box Set that's also available as a 2 CD and 4 LP configuration consisting of the Deluxe Box's first two discs.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2000  |  7 comments
Sorry about starting an "Analog" column with an HDCD recommendation, but I was going through a pile of new CDs when the sound of one---Evolution, from Modern Jazz Quartet veteran John Lewis on Atlantic---almost immobilized me. The sonic presentation on this solo-piano set, recorded in January 1999, is exceptionally natural: a well-organized, harmonically and physically convincing, three-dimensional picture of a piano within the reverberant field of a real performance space. Clearly, a minimally miked analog job, and spectacular in its simplicity.
Michael Fremer  |  Sep 15, 2017  |  First Published: Sep 15, 2017  |  4 comments
Craft Recordings (a Concord Records imprint), which recently issued the 3 LP Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings just announced the Stax 7 Box Set, the first release in a year long celebration of the storied label's 60th anniversary.

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 15, 2017  |  First Published: Sep 15, 2017  |  5 comments
Third Man Records today released three key Muddy Waters Chess singles originally released on 78rpm shellac. The three are "Rollin' Stone" b/w "Walkin' Blues", "She's All Right" b/w "Sad, Sad Day" and "Mannish Boy" b/w "Young Fashioned Ways".

Michael Fremer  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  18 comments
21st Century Procol Harum neglect is one of our time's most serious musical scandals if you axe me. That it took until now to get a high quality reissue of this most excellent album, while other less stellar records are one their 3rd or 4th reissue is a leading indicator of the neglect and lack of appreciation for this super group.

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