“Or you might attend a classical recital again someday—where of course there’s no well-defined soundstage or palpable imaging.” But at a live event, your thoughts don’t turn to tight bass, soothing midrange textures, or sweet highs—nope, you’re there for the music, awash in sound that’s amplified or nulled by the acoustics of the venue—not to mention the coughing, the sneezing, the eye-watering perfume. Jazz is about the same in large spaces; in clubs, it’s more intimate, and it smells different. At any live event, an exciting gestalt of visual cues, music, and hall acoustics merges to form The Experience of Live Music.
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CHAIRMAN AT THE BOARD: RECORDING THE SOUNDTRACK OF A GENERATION, by Bill Schnee. Backbeat Books, 2021. 219pp. $24.49, hardcover; $21.49, Kindle e-book.
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ELAC Alchemy DPA-2
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Marten Parker Trio Diamond
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Clearaudio Concept Active Wood
Focal Aria K2 936
DCS BARTOK DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER
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In its sixth year, International Anthem seriously stepped up production. 2020 saw the Chicago label releasing a fast succession of rewarding albums, including a standout disc by Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and adventurous jazz by Rob Mazurek and the collective Irreversible Entanglements.
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