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2018 11 Nov

Brian Whistler best of 2018 list

von: Brian Whistler Filed under: Blog | TB | Tags:  2 Comments

Aaron Parks – Little Big

Moksha – Ivo Neame

Bay of Rainbows – Jacob Bro

Enamon – Wayne Shorter

Adam Holzman-Truth Decay


David Crosby-Here If You Listen

John Surman – Invisible Threads

Where the River Goes – Wolfgang Muthspiel

The Height of the Reeds – Arve Henricksen

Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells

ECV- Sticks and Stones

Romaria- Andy Sheppard 

An Ancient Observer/for Gyumbri-(2 albums) Tigran Hamyasan 

Helsinki Songs – Trygve Seim 

Contra La Indecision – Bobo Stenson 

Perfectly Unhappy – Espen Ericksen 

The Dream Thief – Shai Maestro

Ravensburg- Mathias Eick

Absence – Kristjan Randalu 

Frisell – Music Is

Gogo Penguin- A Humdrum Star

Ambrose Akinimusire – Origami Harvest

Keith Jarrett – La Fenice

Kim Kashkashian – Bach: 6 suites for Viola Solo



Surround Mixes/reissues:

Beatles – The White Album (5.1 Blu-ray)

Both Directions at Once – John Coltrane – the Lost Album

Weather Report – Talespinnin’ (2018 Dutton Vocalion SACD -quad- finally!)


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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Immediately ordered Talespinnin‘ and, guilty pleasure, George Benson‘s Body Talk in 4.0 surround on Vocalion. Really lowpriced. In fact, I love some of the easy stuff, though CTI never ever was my label really.

  2. Brian Whistler:

    Well, so far I have bought two things from Vocalian, Night Passage and Tail Spinnin.I am very indebted to Dutton Vocalion for doing what Audio Fidelity didn’t. Both remasters are very bright the upper end to my ears, if you own the AF remaster of Tail Spinnin, it’s considerably darker in the cymbals, but I think it’s overall a better remaster, ie less ear fatigue in the long run. But the quad layer is quite wonderful ,and all my bootlegs of the quad version are being thrown in the trash, it’s worth the price for this alone. As for the Benson, I too have thought about picking it up for th quad layer. Wonder if all Vocalion releases are this bright in the highs.

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