March 29th, 2021

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I now hand over the column to our esteemed Larry Schenbeck:

Dear Copper Colleagues and Readers,

Frank has graciously asked if I’d like to share a word or two about my intention to stop writing Too Much Tchaikovsky. So: thanks to everyone who read and enjoyed it – I wrote it for you. If you added comments occasionally, you made my day.

I also wrote the column so I could keep learning, especially about emerging creatives and performers in classical music. Getting the chance to stumble upon something new and nourishing had sustained me in the academic world – it certainly wasn’t the money! – and I was grateful to continue that in Copper. 

So why stop? Because, as they say, there is a season. It has become considerably harder for me to stumble upon truly fresh sounds and then write freshly thereon. Here I am tempted to quote Douglas Adams or Satchel Paige, who both knew how to deliver an exit line. But I’ll just say (since Frank has promised to leave the light on), goodbye for now.

The door is open, Larry, and we can’t thank you enough for your wonderful contributions.

In this issue: Larry Schenbeck delves into the Bach's St John Passion. Ken Sander makes friends with Roye Albrighton of Nektar and beyond. Ray Chelstowski interviews Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones and Sea Level keyboardist extraordinaire Chuck Leavell. Alón Sagee scales the heights of Nepal. Adrian Wu gets even deeper into reel to reel tape. I try some unsuccessful audio experiments. Rudy Radelic gets his Hampster Dance on with Four80East.

Anne E. Johnson appreciates the legendary jazz singer Dinah Washington and one of Canada’s greatest, The Band. John Seetoo visits the storied United Recording Studios. Tom Gibbs looks at reissues from the under-appreciated Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath. J.I. Agnew continues with the biggest move of his life. Cliff Chenfeld recommends some contemporary rock artists. Russ Welton ponders how musical experiences influence gear purchases. Audio Anthropology gives a lot of sound for a nickel, while Peter Xeni undergoes environmental impact, James Whitworth experiences auditory masking and our Parting Shot from Rich Isaacs gets up close and personal.

Open Reel Tape: The Ultimate Analog Source? Part Two

In the previous article in this series (Issue 132), we…

Lend Me Your Ears

A circa late 19th or early 20th century proto-jukebox. Listeners…

Our Staff

Staff Writers: J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay…

Be Here Now: Recommended New Rock

Welcome to the new edition of Be Here Now, a column/playlist…

United Recording Studios: An Industry Legend

This year’s AES Fall Show 2020 was conducted virtually, due…

Roye Albrighton: Nektar’s Diamond in the Rough

[Editor’s Note: Ken previously wrote about progressive rock group Nektar…

Confessions of a Setup Man Part 12: Failed Experiments

Many audiophiles are tinkerers. We’re constantly striving to squeeze the…

Getting High, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 132), Alón began his quest to…

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Auditory Masking

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man, A World-Class Keyboard Player

Rock and roll documentaries have become fairly predictable. Over the…

Bach’s Saint John Passion

High on my list of all-time favorite Bach arias is…

The Band: Pulling Their Weight

When Canadian rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins put together a backing…

The Big Move, Part Three

In Part One and Part Two, J.I. Agnew wrote about the…

Dinah Washington: What a Difference the Blues Make

St. Luke’s Baptist Church has served Chicago’s Black community on…

Black Sabbath Mark II: Deluxe Edition Reissues

My experiences with Black Sabbath go all the way back…

Groove Essentials: Four80East

This story began with hamsters and a squeak toy over…

The Flow of Influences On Buying Equipment

What influences the equipment you buy? Make no mistake, none…

Up Close and Personal

Tommy Castro plays some soulful blues on a well-worn Stratocaster.
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