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Music Reviews: Vinyl

January 23rd, 2023

Frank Kimbrough's Turning Point

A revealing remix of the jazz pianist-composer's pivotal albums

By: Fred Kaplan

Frank Kimbrough, who died in December 2020 at the age of 64, was one of the great undersung jazz pianists of our time and an only-belatedly-appreciated composer of much talent as well. (Soon after his death, Newvelle Records assembled 67 musicians, in various ensembles, to play 58 of his pieces, many of which had the ring of standards. The resulting download-only album, "Kimbrough," was one of the best jazz albums of 2021.) Now Palmetto Records, his main... Read More

genre Jazz format Vinyl

January 20th, 2023

The Mysterious Film World of Bernard Herrmann Conjures Musical Magic and Sonic Spectacle

Looking for something a little different to put your system through its paces? Then look no further than this orchestral spectacular from one of the greatest of all film composers.

By: Mark Ward

And as a recent perusal of the usual audiophile retail sites reveals, the latest limited edition reissue from ORG (Original Recordings Group) of this unique and spectacular record is very much in stock (even in some cases discounted), and so I felt it was the perfect time, indeed essential, to introduce Tracking Angle readers to this magical record.First, some background.The Mysterious World of Bernard Herrmann was just one of a series of records Bernard Herrmann... Read More

January 17th, 2023

Marta Sanchez's Spanish American Triumph

The pianist-composer's jazz quintet wonder work

By: Fred Kaplan

The pianist-composer Marta Sanchez has lived and actively worked in New York since moving here from Madrid in 2011; but, despite four albums as a leader and wide respect from fellow artists, she’s not nearly as well-known as she should be.Her latest album, SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum), on Whirlwind Recordings, available as a CD and as three sides of vinyl (2 LPs, one of them blank on one side), is a stellar display of her talents. She leads a standard jazz... Read More

genre Jazz format Vinyl

January 13th, 2023

Hilary Hahn Returns to the Stage with "Eclipse"

Hahn's first recording after nearly two years away features two war horses and a challenging hidden gem

By: Michael Johnson

In 2019, Hilary Hahn, one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos, announced she would be taking a one-year performing sabbatical. Little did she know, that period of time would see a prolongment of several months due to factors outside of her control. Her triumphant return to the concert hall in the spring of 2021 was an emotional experience for her, and from those first few concert programs back, we now have a new double LP set of recordings, her latest release on... Read More

genre Classical format Vinyl

January 10th, 2023

A Solo Bass Album From a "Stand Up" Guy

the pandemic wrung the blues from a formerly busy bassist

By: Michael Fremer

Might I interest you in a solo bass album? I hope so. Bassist Rick Rosato has been living in New York City since 2007 and touring worldwide (he's featured on vibraphonist Joel Ross' 2022 double LP The Parable of The Poet and on many other records). Then Covid hit and like many other musicians he found himself without gigs and spending a lot of time at home.For his first album as leader, Rosato decided to go solo, inspired by his home alone pandemic... Read More

genre Blues format Vinyl

January 5th, 2023

Karen Dalton's Time May Be Now

Light in the Attic reissues deluxe double 45rpm edition of cult fave

By: JoE Silva

If you didn’t know anything about Karen Dalton when you dropped the stylus on one of her records, you’d quickly get the sense that her life probably hadn’t been an easy one. Mournful, and sung in a voice that parsed the terrain between Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin, the songs on the 50th Anniversary Edition of the singer’s second and final long player can be a tough listen. But thanks to multiple reissue campaigns, her work has filtered on down through five plus... Read More