July 19th, 2021

    I recently had the honor of attending an event in memory of Art Dudley, who sadly passed away on April 14, 2020. Art was the deputy editor of Stereophile, had a long career as an audio writer and reviewer, and was loved and admired by everyone who knew him, which included almost everyone in the high-end audio industry as well as many musicians, friends and family members. I share the event with readers here.

    Also in this issue: Octave Records announces a landmark recording: renowned cellist Zuill Bailey performing The Complete Bach Cello Suites. Don Kaplan returns with another installment of The Mindful Melophile and more favorite recordings. Tom Gibbs delves into the nitty gritty of using an I2S connection for improved streaming audio sound. Wayne Robins has radio dreams. Anne E. Johnson offers insight into the careers of Erykah Badu, the queen of neo-soul, and trumpeter Art Farmer. John Seetoo continues his survey of the recent AES Show Spring 2021. Rich Isaacs hears music and has some pointed opinions. Adrian Wu looks at the vinyl-making process and a favorite analog recording.

    J.I. Agnew’s Giants of Tape series gets into the rare and renowned Telefunken M15A. B. Jan Montana takes control of his life and Ken Sander makes a transition from Army to civilian life. Russ Welton concludes his interview with film and TV composer and YouTube educator Guy Michelmore, and Ray Chelstowski talks with musician and composer Will Van Dyke as he moves from Broadway to a solo breakout. Rudy Radelic continues his series on under-recognized jazzman Cal Tjader. Copper’s A/V department gets amped up, has a bad hair year, ponders the ephemeral and looks through the eye of the...donkey.

    Staff Writers:

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

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Stuart Marvin, Bob Wood

    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

    Frank Doris

    Paul McGowan

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    Radios, Radios

    I bought a new radio last week. I did not…

    Notable Analog Recordings. Part One

    I installed a new cartridge on my record player about…

    Octave Records Releases The Complete Bach Cello Suites by Zuill Bailey

    Octave Records latest release is a landmark: The Complete Bach…

    Will Van Dyke: From Broadway to Solo Breakout

    For my money, Ted Lasso is the best show on…

    Art Dudley: A Tribute

    On July 11, 2021 at Brown’s Brewing Company in Troy,…

    Back in the World

    It was the late summer of 1966, and I was…

    Cal Tjader, Part Four: The Second Fantasy Records Era

    In Issues 138, 139 and 140, this series covered Cal…

    I Bought It for the A-Side

    In the days before streaming; in the days before CDs,…

    Erykah Badu: The First Lady of Neo-Soul

    Born Erica Abi Wright 1971 in Dallas, by her teens…

    The Giants of Tape, Part Eight: The Telefunken M15A, Part Two

    In the previous episode (Issue 140), the Telefunken M15 and…

    Art Farmer: A Trumpeter for Every Style

    Art Farmer was unusual for his time for loving swing…

    I Hear Music…

    This is an attempt to describe how I experience one…

    Taking Control: A Personal Journey

    In issue 140, I told the story of Carter, a…

    Streaming Digital Audio Via the I²S Connection

    I’ve talked a lot in recent articles about ditching the…


    AES Show Spring 2021, Part Three: Recreating Audio Reality

    As a result of COVID-19, AES (Audio Engineering Society) Show…

    Guy Michelmore: Film and TV Composer and Educator, Part Two

    In Part One (Issue 140), Guy Michelmore revealed many insights…

    Amped Up

    Art Dudley’s personal, well-worn copy of The Tube Amp Book,…

    Bad Hair Year

    Eye of the…Donkey?

    This donkey, Mister D, lived next door to where I…
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