I am not sure there is a thread on what Sonos is truly about - the music, so this might be an interesting thread. I have left out classical because that deserves a thread of its own and modern pop because it all sounds the same to me.
I have Phil Keaggy strumming Solitude from his Acoustic Sketches album right now in the bedroom on a play 1 pair and sounding very good indeed.
Recently heard and equally good music and mastering:
1. Michel Petrucciani and NHOP
2. Beyond the Missouri Sky - Metheny and Haden
3. Chiaroscuro - Fresu and Towner
4. Jan Johannsen - Jazz pa Svenska
5. The Astounding Eyes of Rita - Anouar Brahem
6. Last Dance/Jasmine - Jarrett and Haden
7. Saturday Morning - Ahmad Jamal
8. Melos - Paolo Fresu
All but the last are ITunes 256kbps purchases, the last a lossless CD rip.
Very little lost in translation for the lossy thing and Sonos convenience.
Any recommendations on similar music that uses the silence between the notes effectively?
Recommended music - other than classical and pop
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Thanks. I will look for those. I am one of those dinosaurs who still collect CDs. And I do like the live jazz albums.
Our taste has much in common; ECM in general, Annour Brahem, Oregon and Collin Wallcott ... I have many of those
My top 50 artists contains many which you have mentioned; Mingus, Parker, Coltrane, Jarrett, Haden, Monk, etc ... also Brubeck & Ellington whom don't recall you mentioning
I also like classical music and pop|rock .... so many days, so many moods ..
One of my "new" (to me) artists are Oliver Nelson. I have owned, and enjoyed The Blues and the Abstract Truth for a long time, but recently got Straight Ahead and also Screamin' The Blues, both of which are good. I intend to get some more of his.
The other thing that I have started appreciating lately is André Previn's jazz recordings. Nothing flashy, but good chamber music style jazz. I bought his 10 cd box set a while ago, which I am slowly working through. ... These box sets are killing me. So inexpensive, but only if your time comes free.
Gershwin maybe, or Nigel Kennedy, or Keith Jarrett or at a stretch?
I have seen Nigel Kennedy in all three contexts.
Yes, that one is in the box too. On cd 9/10; I am only up to cd 5 so far. :)
When I first got my Sonos there was an initial splurge of resumed CD purchases, due to the liberation from hunting through cd shelves, and the nagging about not putting things away again. :D
I made a bit of a pig of myself in the first year, and got too many new albums to engage with properly. ... Since then I have disciplined myself to start listening to new albums at a more measured pace.
It is good to hear that things continue to be good right through to CD 9.
It is a good box. Has 17 complete original albums across the 10 cds. All in the original track sequence, and without alternate take fillers being merged throughout the album. No booklet though.
The only other Andre Previn I have is After Hours. Trio with Ray Brown and Joe Pass and with that caliber of musicians it isn't a surprise how good that session was.
I haven't mentioned Ellington and Brubeck only because I did not think they would be news to anyone that likes Jazz!
Recent discoveries in the realm of great horn blowers that perhaps aren't known as widely as they deserve to be:
1. Scott Hamilton
2. Houston Person - his albums with Ron Carter in particular, are sublime.
3. Warren Vache
4. Early years Stanley Turrentine.
Very little mediocrity in any of their output.
My old OmniFi DMS-1 streamer, with the OpenFi firmware, seems so antiquated now compared to the Sonos! 😉 Got the job done, though.
Dialogues; Just between Friends; Now's the Time; Something in Common.
While not essential, speakers that can go deep enough to deliver the entire dB from the double bass recording add to the pleasure. Perfect late night music.
PS: I realised that I am repeating a recommendation. The music is worthy of that though.
Each song is played twice, clarinet and tenor sax and the Japanese recording is of the usual high standard. More great late night music.
On to the ever dependable Ron Carter, I recently found and liked his album " When skies are grey". With much of it having a bossa flavour, the music is far from grey.
And I would be completely wrong in saying so.
When does "new" start and end? Anthropomorphically speaking, most "new" jazz ideas are approaching retirement age aren't they? 😃
1. Gregory Porter: Be Good, and Liquid Spirit
2. Cecile McLorin Salvant: Woman Child, and For One To Love.
Both making good use of modern high quality recording technology.
Rossano Sportiello on piano with Nicki Parrott singing and on double bass:
People Will Say We Are In Love, and It's A Good Day.
Also, Jim Tomlinson on the sax with some tracks having Stacey Kent vocals on the album Brazilian Sketches. With both equally present on another good album, The Lyric. Both these albums have a strong Bossa Nova flavour to them, the first one particularly so, as the name would suggest. While Kent's Let Yourself Go; Celebrating The Music of Fred Astaire is just as good with songs associated with Astaire.
3 artists, 6 tracks, and my guess is none may be familiar to anyone around here...
Dorothy - Syd Arthur
Chariots - Syd Arthur
Kano - Cid Rim
Extend Ranges - Cid Rim
Burn Out - The Cinematic Orchestra
Channel 1 Suite - The Cinematic Orchestra