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I'm a former gigging rock guitarist of the '80s and '90s, and presently a semi-pro jazz musician in San Francisco.

Have experience with analog and digital recording and mastering.

Favors '60s jazz and '70s-'80s rock.

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The Modern Jazz Quartet - Blues At Carnegie Hall
posted a review of The Modern Jazz Quartet - Blues At Carnegie Hall. 3 months ago
When I was a kid, I'd sneak into my dad's vinyl collection and this was one I heard many times. Very chill, accessible performance, no new ground being broken here, but consistency of four excellent musicians. The ensemble work is tight and solos are... See full review
The George Benson Quartet - It's Uptown
posted a review of The George Benson Quartet - It's Uptown. 3 months ago
Early GB was just as happenin' as present-day GB. This from '66 with Lonnie Smith on B3. There is some emphasis on arrangements, with guitar, bari, organ playing heads together. Overall funky, bluesey notesy playing. A similar formula to "...Cookbook.... See full review
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
posted a review of Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath. 4 months ago
Ah the earliest years of Sabbath when they still sounded garagey. Paranoid locks it in, but BS[self-titled] has some loose playing. Nevertheless, the kernel of genius is within, and this is a must-have album.

Despite the other review mentioning 'no... See full review
Various - Boppin' Hillbilly Vol. 6
posted a review of Various - Boppin' Hillbilly Vol. 6. 5 months ago
Finally got to hear my Uncle Milt (Beasley) singing on "Mississippi Boogie". He was playing his 1942 Martin D-42, that Hank Williams had borrowed on occasion, and said he loved.

Super clean unplayed near mint copy.

2.5 stars.
Bill Evans - Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert At The Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires
posted a review of Bill Evans - Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert At The Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires. 5 months ago
[reviewing #1823]
Another 'lost' Bill Evans Trio recording has been found, and just in time for RSD. The performance is brilliant. Bill's playing is a bit restrained here, he never seems to fully light it up, but gets the blood pumping on "My Romance"... See full review
Freddie Hubbard - The Night Of The Cookers - Live At Club La Marchal - Volume 2
posted a review of Freddie Hubbard - The Night Of The Cookers - Live At Club La Marchal - Volume 2. 5 months ago
If you like your hard bop burning hot and unruly, this chaotic live set maybe for you. A blistering solo from Freddie and thunderous drumming characterize the >20mins first track. Side B is a letdown, an awkward calypso, with some weak playing from... See full review
Gustav Mahler - Great Men Of Music
posted a review of Gustav Mahler - Great Men Of Music. 6 months ago
This Time Life survey of Mahler includes all of Symphony nos 1 and 5, and other selected works, performed by the Boston Symphony.

Symphony #1 is a delightfully pastoral nature tone poem with some inventive elements. The 3rd movement incorporates... See full review
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
posted a review of Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else. 6 months ago
Yes I absolutely love this album. Side A is damn near magical. IMO, Autumn Leaves is perfectly performed, from the exciting/suspense building intro, to Miles' understated yet touching reading of the melody. He hands off to Cannonball who builds and... See full review
Cannonball Adderley with Miles Davis, Sam Jones, Hank Jones, Art Blakey - Somethin' Else
posted a review of Cannonball Adderley with Miles Davis, Sam Jones, Hank Jones, Art Blakey - Somethin' Else. 6 months ago
This is a stunning sounding early stereo reissue of Something Else, cut hot with excellent dynamics and detail. No complaints whatsoever. I've also got the recent Blue Note classic pressing and this one just beats it slightly, less top end but... See full review
Bill Evans - Jim Hall - Undercurrent
posted a review of Bill Evans - Jim Hall - Undercurrent. 6 months ago
Banned from stores maybe, but discogs? No. How else would you warn the others as you've done here? Cheers.
Bill Evans • Jim Hall - Undercurrent
posted a review of Bill Evans • Jim Hall - Undercurrent. 6 months ago
This is the epitome of a jazz duo, two artists collaborating at the highest level to create musical art.

The setlist is unimportant, each head merely a framework for improvisational exploration.

I was fortunate to find a VG copy of this early... See full review
Mahler* / Deryck Cooke - Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 10
posted a review of Mahler* / Deryck Cooke - Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Symphony No. 10. 6 months ago
This is a '66 repress of a '65 stereo release, including the completed first movement, Adagio. At his death in 1910, Mahler had the remaining four movements in various stages of completion, mostly short scored to convey the ideas, without final... See full review
Pat Martino - The Return
posted a review of Pat Martino - The Return. 6 months ago
A very nice live trio gig marking the official and auspicious return of Pat Martino to the NY jazz scene in '87. Opener is a medium swinger with a cut to double time and some nice exploration by Pat. The energy remains high as they leap into an... See full review
Bill Evans Trio* - Trio '65
posted a review of Bill Evans Trio* - Trio '65. 6 months ago
Was new from Acoustic Sounds, $38US.

IMO, Bill Evans does his best playing live. His studio improv is slightly reserved at times, shorter solos and taking fewer chances.

The trio is nicely recorded with some dynamic piano(some distortion on... See full review
XTC - Skylarking
posted a review of XTC - Skylarking. 7 months ago
Mine weighs in at 194g.
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XTC - Skylarking
posted a review of XTC - Skylarking. 7 months ago
This record was my jam in 1986. Now happy to have this great sounding remaster. Funny because I pre-ordered it in 2018, 2 years before I even had a turntable. when the turntable arrived, guess which record I played first?

The only thing different... See full review
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
posted a review of Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters. 7 months ago
putmeon glad you agree. cheers!
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Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts
posted a review of Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts. 7 months ago
maka__ no, i gave it 2 stars because i dont like the music. trying to find something nice to say about the pressing, i did find the vinyl to be rather quiet. cheers.
Toni Basil - Word Of Mouth
posted a review of Toni Basil - Word Of Mouth. 7 months ago
zepromz I did not catch that and that makes sense now, haha. thanks.
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
posted a review of Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak. 7 months ago
scruffytrax haha, true. In my own way I was saying if you can only have one TL record you need 2 TL records. See what I did there?
Prefab Sprout - Two Wheels Good
posted a review of Prefab Sprout - Two Wheels Good. 7 months ago
GrassCarpet thanks so much for that comment. It's up for rotation again and I'll give Desire As a good listen!
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy
posted a review of The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy. 7 months ago
Driver08 I took a chance on something I hadnt heard. and I guessed wrong. no worry.
Daryl Hall, John Oates* - Private Eyes
posted a review of Daryl Hall, John Oates* - Private Eyes. 7 months ago
crichton good point, though their longevity well into the 2010's would classify this as 'early'.
Jethro Tull - A Passion Play
posted a review of Jethro Tull - A Passion Play. 7 months ago
RaelSunrise the additional context is much appreciated! . . .
Sonny Rollins - On Impulse!
posted a review of Sonny Rollins - On Impulse!. 7 months ago
This album is a high water mark from Sonny among a dazzling array of masterpieces. It showcases his artistry and improvisation beautifully.

I listen to Blue Note/RVG albums so much, that sound has become my magnetic north. Every time I put on an... See full review
Tony Bennett - Tony Sings For Two
posted a review of Tony Bennett - Tony Sings For Two. 7 months ago
From '61, Tony's voice is liquid honey, before the later mature gravel sets in. Accompanied by Ralph Sharon, Tony's long time accompanist, this almost sounds like a rehearsal demo, very brief tunes, (2 minutes average), Just head and out, no solos.... See full review
Barney Kessel, Grant Green, Oscar Moore, Mundell Lowe - Best Plucking In Town
posted a review of Barney Kessel, Grant Green, Oscar Moore, Mundell Lowe - Best Plucking In Town. 7 months ago
If, like me, your entree to Oscar Moore has been via his fabulous technical work with The Nat Cole trio, You may be curious how he sounds in other settings. Sadly, I suggest sticking with what you know, as his contributions here are mostly a... See full review
Kenny Burrell - Sky Street
posted a review of Kenny Burrell - Sky Street. 7 months ago
christianstorm The point of an opinion review is to provide input for potential buyers, particularly since Kenny's catalog is so vast.
Keep on truckin'.
Bill Evans - Morning Glory: The 1973 Concert At The Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires
posted a review of Bill Evans - Morning Glory: The 1973 Concert At The Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires. 7 months ago
[reviewing copy #2062]
An outstanding live trio performance from '73. Bill's work is marvelous if slightly restrained. Eddie takes some chances in his improv and puts himself out there, with good results overall. Bill lights it up on "Waltz For... See full review
Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall 1971
posted a review of Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall 1971. 7 months ago
A must-have early solo performance from Neil Young, engaging the audience in an intimate setting. The audio is outstanding, as his guitar and piano have been captured brilliantly, as well as his voice.

This reissue has been done very well, excellent... See full review
Burt Bacharach - Lost Horizon (Original Soundtrack)
posted a review of Burt Bacharach - Lost Horizon (Original Soundtrack). 7 months ago
There is something very enchanting about this movie and soundtrack that keeps me coming back to listen.

3.5 stars
posted a review that has since been deleted. 7 months ago
Marvin Hamlisch - The Spy Who Loved Me (Original Motion Picture Score)
posted a review of Marvin Hamlisch - The Spy Who Loved Me (Original Motion Picture Score). 7 months ago
So much to like about this Bond movie soundtrack. Carly Simon's main title, "Nobody Does It Better", is an excellent composition, beautifully performed. The James Bond theme, "Bond 77", is a clever disco take on the classic theme. I also really enjoy... See full review
Eno* - Here Come The Warm Jets
posted a review of Eno* - Here Come The Warm Jets. 7 months ago
I believe Eno's first album, this one dabbling in experimental/art/glam rock. Captain Fripp laying down some mellifluous horn-like guitar tones. Every tune is different and the subject matter is random but creative.

It's a big listen(taxing on my... See full review
Jeff Beck - Wired
posted a review of Jeff Beck - Wired. 7 months ago
Jeff Beck's '76 guitar instrumental album, the formula here is 2 parts rock, 1 part Jazz, 1 part funk. Some very nice guitar tones and playing by maestro Beck. Great effort by Jan Hammer for some mesmerizing synth solos. Highlights are "Led Boots",... See full review
Miles Davis - The Complete Birth Of The Cool
posted a review of Miles Davis - The Complete Birth Of The Cool. 7 months ago
Birth of the Cool was my first entree to Miles Davis and years later I even played in a West Coast jazz ensemble that performed several of these (quite difficult but brilliant) arrangements. From '49, early Miles plays exactly like later Miles, just... See full review
Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
posted a review of Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia. 7 months ago
Two excellent singles on a standard 45. Audio quality is better than 33, although some inner groove distortion is evident near the end of both tracks. Great sound stage and dynamics throughout.
4.5 stars.
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
posted a review of Black Sabbath - Sabotage. 7 months ago
Thanks for that review. Melinda(YouTube vinyl community) said to avoid this pressing because it sounds terrible. Terre Haute is usually a good bet though.
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
posted a review of Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. 7 months ago
AceTechHD yeah, I saw that interview with Hobson and Kassem too. My sub is pretty tame, but I'll play with the crossover point as it may be pushing just a little much to the bottom. Thanks.
Yes - Fragile
posted a review of Yes - Fragile. 8 months ago
TheCollective01 Good catch, sorry for the misprint I've made the correction. Cheers.
Yes - The Yes Album
posted a review of Yes - The Yes Album. 8 months ago
The 3rd studio album from YES, and the propitious arrival of Steve Howe sets the tone for Fragile and Close To The Edge to come. These are highly enjoyable compositions, incorporating folk and country guitar sounds, and a massive church organ. Every... See full review
The Yardbirds - Roger The Engineer
posted a review of The Yardbirds - Roger The Engineer. 8 months ago
OneStepBeyond1979 excellent comments, thank you for sharing.
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Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
posted a review of Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. 8 months ago
G+, no way. There's way too much nuance in this session, especially flamenco sketches, for me to find a G+(or a VG) original pressing acceptable. To each their own.
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
posted a review of Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. 8 months ago
[Reviewing sealed copy #18464]
I always wash new records before playing. But just to test the quality of the Acoustic Sounds product being delivered, I put this on the turntable without wet cleaning, just dry carbon brush. As such, this copy was... See full review
Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
posted a review of Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny. 8 months ago
Coming back to review another pressing of this seminal 2nd album from Priest. This is the $48 Record Store Day remaster on black/blue vinyl, 45 RPM, embossed gatefold.

The audio is very good and I'm able to hear a fuller high frequency presentation... See full review
Keith Jarrett - Eyes Of The Heart
posted a review of Keith Jarrett - Eyes Of The Heart. 8 months ago
This date features some superb musicians. Although I prefer to hear Keith Jarrett in his piano trio setting, this recording captures a nice live set of his experimental work, featuring him also playing soprano, with the great Dewey Redman on tenor.... See full review
Various - Flashdance (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)
posted a review of Various - Flashdance (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture). 8 months ago
A nice collection of pure '80s music, including guest appearances by Donna Summer, Laura Branigan, and Kim Carnes. "Maniac" and "What A "Feeling" are the recognizable hits here. Moog trigger warning.

This is a very nice sound impressing, with good... See full review
Tal Farlow - Tal Farlow '78
posted a review of Tal Farlow - Tal Farlow '78. 8 months ago
That's a very insightful comment. I agree completely.
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Tal Farlow - Fuerst Set
posted a review of Tal Farlow - Fuerst Set. 8 months ago
From '56 when Tal was on top of his game, here featuring a drumless trio in which he very effectively provides atonal rhythmic strumming to propel the pulse. While his chops are exceptional, his bebop lines tend to run on.

Despite the older MONO... See full review
Rimsky-Korsakoff* / Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Scheherazade
posted a review of Rimsky-Korsakoff* / Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Scheherazade. 8 months ago
A brilliant symphonic work by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, who is a master at thematic development and recapitulation. If you listen carefully, you will hear him weave motifs through each movement in a very sophisticated manner. There is no lack of drama,... See full review