Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer  |  May 09, 2021  |  First Published: May 09, 2021  |  0 comments
Legendary Englewood Cliffs, NJ Van Gelder Studio, the famed recording venue in which hundreds of the greatest jazz records ever were produced is the site for this recently announced second "Live from Van Gelder Studios" virtual music concert, happening on May 15th at 9PM EDT, with live re-streams on May 16th at 8PM JST for Asian markets and 8PM CEST for European markets.

Michael Fremer  |  May 06, 2021  |  13 comments
At a time when “all you can eat” music almost force feeds us with more content than any of us can possibly consume, and “table hopping” seems to be the order of the day, it may seem counterintuitive to serve up a multi-course meal like John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band The Ultimate Collection— a 6 CD, 2 Blu-Ray deep dive remixed set that explores the deepest recesses of John Lennon’s pivotal and most consequential album.

Michael Fremer  |  May 05, 2021  |  First Published: May 05, 2021  |  18 comments
Join Acoustic Sounds' "All Star" live panel discussion Saturday May 8th at 12:00PM CST (Central Standard Time, 1:00PM EST, 10:00AM PT) with Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions/QRP's Chad Kassem, Mastering Engineer Bernie Grundman, Classic Records founder Mike Hobson, 45 RPM Audiophile's Michael Ludwigs, QRP Plating Wizard and Finebuilt press operator Gary Salstrom and AnalogPlanet Editor Michael Fremer when we discuss "all things Kind of Blue and UHQR followed by a Q&A.

Michael Fremer  |  May 04, 2021  |  First Published: May 04, 2021  |  13 comments
Legendary recording engineer, producer, mixer and all around great person Al Schmitt died last week at 91. He was still working at the end of his life. The multiple Grammy winner engineered albums for Bob Dylan, The Jefferson Airplane, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Sam Cooke, and on and on in an illustrious career that began as a child in his uncle Harry's New York City recording studio where he did odd jobs including cable cleaning.

Michael Fremer  |  May 03, 2021  |  First Published: May 03, 2021  |  94 comments
It's the best selling jazz album ever, one of the most influential too, arguably the one that produced a shift from riffing on chord based tunes to modal excursions that gave musicians newfound improvisational freedom. Cynics and the selfish will react to yet another Kind of Blue reissue by claiming that "everyone" already owns a copy but of course that's not true. And no one owns a 200 gram UHQR Clarity vinyl copy pressed one at a time on a manual Finebuilt press.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2021  |  First Published: Apr 29, 2021  |  7 comments
Craft's Record Store Day Dozen includes the first ever vinyl release of John Martyn's 1998 blues covers album The Church With One Bell as well as a deluxe edition of the indispensable 1966 3 LP set Chicago/The Blues/Today! originally on Vanguard.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 29, 2021  |  First Published: Apr 29, 2021  |  0 comments
The 12-Part "Behind the Counter 2021" video series debuts today and continues weekly 12pm EDT with 11 additional installments available of Classic Album Sundays' various Internet platforms. These are short, fun videos well worth watching, though on the first one debuting today the guy kind of disses buying a good pressing and says "whatever" as long as it's physical. He needs a wake up call!

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 28, 2021  |  First Published: Apr 28, 2021  |  5 comments
The Snapshots Foundation just announced a documentary now in production on the legendary 91 year old American record producer Creed Taylor.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 27, 2021  |  First Published: Apr 27, 2021  |  10 comments
The parallel event, the IPS – International Parts + Supply, is also postponed

The HIGH END 2021 trade show, planned to take place in Munich from September 9 to 12, 2021, has now been moved to May 2022 due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH reached this decision after a reassessment of the current situation and in close cooperation with the Board of the HIGH END SOCIETY e.V.

Michael Fremer  |  Apr 26, 2021  |  First Published: Apr 26, 2021  |  31 comments
Los Angeles—April 26, 2021 — Verve/UMe’s Acoustic Sounds series celebrates Impulse!’s 60th anniversary, releasing May 14 two of the four titles that originally launched the iconic orange and black label:

• Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz
• Gil Evans Orchestra – Out Of The Cool

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