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June 26, 2011


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Richard Mitnick

Re: Nancy Wilson, When I lived near Philadelphia, 1964-67, WHAT, a 24/7 Jazz station, Sid Mark and the great Joel Dorn as on-air hosts, one of the programs was Wednesday night's "A Night With Nancy".

Favorite song? "Here's That Rainy Day"

Doug Zielke

While I'm sure I don't hear as many new recordings as you do, Marc, there are still some very good ones out there in regards to sound quality. Case in point is the latest offering from Japanese pianist Junko Onishi, "Baroque" (Verve). Engineered by Mr. Jim Anderson, this disc is a stellar example of recorded sound at it's very best. The talented Ms. Onishi surrounded herself with some of the best NYC musicians, and Jim did his finest work to capture their artistry. The sound and music is breathtakingly good.

Larry Kart

At first glance, I love that Jo Stafford album cover. Reminds me of a painting of a pioneer couple that my in-laws had in their living room in Springfield, Mo. Beyond kitsch and out the other side, by many miles.

About poorly recorded albums, does the fact that so much stuff is not being played back these days on what used to be called "hi-fi" systems play a role here? I mean, if you know that the common playback options are not what they used to be/could be (if indeed that's so), why bother to aim for a higher standard?

Doug Zielke

Larry, I think you hit the bulls-eye with your comment. There is no doubt in my mind that the cheap and cheerful MP3 player has taken sound quality to a new low. And the masses accept, and indeed, embrace it.

Jason Crane

Thanks so much, Marc! I appreciate the support. And I'll just note that, since moving to NYC in the spring, all my interviews are now in person so the audio quality has greatly improved.

All the best,


Jery Rowan

In response to all the sterilized sound I've been forced to put up with since the advent of the CD player, I recently hauled out my old Scott 1000 amp, Gerard (sp?) turntable and JBL 100 speakers.

MY GOD, what a sound! Now I'm finally able to hear what I've been missing in my pursuit of technical progress.

Time to go back to the future, people.

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