Opening Salvo

    Seeking Enlightenment

    Issue 166

    I’ve noted before that I’m a connoisseur of silly fortune cookie sayings. I read one that said, “To truly find yourself, you should play hide and seek alone.” Maybe finding the end of a Möbius strip would be easier.

    In this issue: Tom Methans visits DeVore Fidelity. Rudy Radelic continues his series on A&M Records, going back to the Eighties. I cover the latest from Octave Records, Mini Brazilian Beasts by jazz pianist/composer Carmen Sandim. J.I. Agnew continues his series on record cutting lathes with a look at specialist maker FloKaSon. Ken Kessler gets his tape deck really hooked up. Anne E. Johnson delves into the music of singer/songwriter extraordinaire Rufus Wainwright, and Marin Marais’s works for viola da gamba. When it comes to A/V receiver setup, Russ Welton finds that the web is your friend. Ken Sander remembers the good old days of CES. Tom Gibbs auditions more XTC reissues in high-res and surround sound. B. Jan Montana moves ever onward in his epic journey.

    John Seetoo finds more audio knowledge at the Audio Engineering Society’s Europe Spring 2022 convention. Ray Chelstowski goes back to Manhattan jazz landmark Arthur’s Tavern and talks with the Blue Note Entertainment Group’s Tsion Bensusan. I finally get around to my next installment on 150 favorite rock albums. Stuart Marvin is happy to be going to concerts again, especially the Climate Pledge Arena, while Jack Flory continues his series on favorite concert venues with a big one: Madison Square Garden. Rhythm guitarists are essential to rock and roll, and Andrew Daly tells why. Ted Shafran finds a way to organize a classical music collection. The Copper A/V squad concludes the issue with an incredible shrinking man,nightmare at 20,000 feet, a plug and play character, and far above Cayuga’s waters.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

    Parting Shots:
    James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Frank Doris

    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

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