Michael Fremer

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Michael Fremer  |  Jun 26, 2017  |  2 comments
Charles Lloyd's young group, together but a year, played this set September 8th 1966 at the Monterey Jazz Festival, opening with the title tune—actually the two-in-one "Forest Flower-Sunrise" and "Forest Flower-Sunset", both lilting, hypnotic and mesmerizing "hippie-like" tunes that presaged in its mood the next year's "Summer of Love" Monterey Pop Festival.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 26, 2017  |  18 comments
Bassist Scott LaFaro's death in a Geneva, New York car accident ten days after the Sunday, June 25th, 1961 recording of this Village Vanguard set did more than add a tragic luster to the story. It upended what might have been a very different track order here and on Waltz For Debby, the second record sourced using tracks recorded that day by engineer David Jones on a modified Ampex 350 using Scotch 111 tape.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 23, 2017  |  35 comments
Last March AnalogPlanet reviewed Shinola's Runwell turntable.
Michael Fremer  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 21, 2017  |  1 comments
Posted stories go to the bottom of the page and then disappear but the eight phono preamps compared story lives on and there's still time to vote for your favorite in this blind listening test.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 19, 2017  |  13 comments
With its compilation-like title, black and white cover art and wide ranging artists roster, The Sound of Jazz, originally issued in 1958, is often confused with one of Columbia Records' early stereo sampler albums.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 17, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 17, 2017  |  1 comments
Illustrator, cartoonist Gerald Scarfe spoke yesterday (6/16/17) with AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer after Scarfe's hour-long talk at London's Victoria and Albert Museum where since May 13th (and running through October 1st) "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" has been attracting large, enthusiastic crowds.
Michael Fremer  |  Jun 14, 2017  |  8 comments
In his annotation for Riverside’s 1966 reissue of the 1961 Jazzland original single LP release Monk & Coltrane (RS 390) critic Ira Gitler (who is credited for inventing the expression “sheets of sound” to describe the note cluster technique Coltrane devised during his short time playing with Monk) writes “Coltrane’s talent, set in such a fertile environment, bloomed like a hibiscus.”

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 10, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 10, 2017  |  1 comments
At High End Munich 2017 in one of the "pods" on the main floor of the MOC convention center, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer encountered cartridge builder Hyun Lee. Berlin based Lee is a classically trained guitarist/teacher/artisan who prefers vinyl records and decided to design and build his own.

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 09, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 09, 2017  |  4 comments
A short film about Cleveland Pressing Plant Gotta Groove Records has been selected for screening by both the Palm Springs International ShortFest as well as the the San Francisco Documentary Festival (screening today, June 9th).

Michael Fremer  |  Jun 08, 2017  |  First Published: Jun 08, 2017  |  22 comments
More Munich High End and LAAS coverage coming but first: can you hear differences among tonearm cables? Kuzma for one, offers a couple of tonearm wire options but without first hearing each, now can you know which to order? I asked Franc Kuzma for some samples. He sent me three 4Point arm tubes, one of which was wired with two different cables, for a total of four wire choices, though I'm not sure all are currently available options.

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