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February 15, 2009


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Oran Kelley

Hey Marc:

On trashing those AIFFs: your readers might want to consider getting an external HD and keeping them. AIFF is a lossless format and can be converted to *any* other lossy format later--it's like having the CD on the drive. HD space is cheap these days, and while you probably don't want these hogging up your bootdrive space, they may end up being a good backup. Another option would be to convert the AIFFs to Apple lossless, which takes up half the space and is still an exact copy of the music on the CD.

AAC is a fine format for everyday use, but fanatics may want the reassurance of a lossless backup.

Larry Kart

There's a stunning version of "Moon Dreams" on Meredith D'Ambrosio's album "Beware of Spring" (Sunnyside), with her husband Eddie Higgins, George Mraz, and Jeff Hirschfield. It subtly incorporates portions of G. Evans' "Birth of the Cool" setting and can be heard here:

Also, whenever I think of "Moon Dreams" I think of actor Harry Morgan ("Dragnet," the TV "M*A*S*H," "Lou Grant" et al.) who played Chummy McGregor in "The Glenn Miller Story."

Finally, IIRC (and to complete the circle), that lovely Miller AAF band recording of "Moon Dreams" includes French horn player Junior Collins, who would become a member of the "Birth of the Cool" band.

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