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Fernando Pereira
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Helps computers learn language, when not skiing
Helps computers learn language, when not skiing

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A major music label up to their old tricks again. Just say no to lock-in.

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Really taken by this recent +HDtracks download.

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Roon somehow found better metadata for this album I've had for a long while, and presented it to me as "new." Well, why not listen again, after a long absence? Wow, this is beautifully played and recorded, and I had never heard it on our rather nice living room system. Dave Holland's bass sounds right here in the living room. The late Kenny Wheeler, on flugelhorn, is warm and stately, John Taylor on piano fills in Holland's rhythmic sketches, and Chris Potter on sax adds an edge that cuts the warmth just the right amount. The lack of the usual drums in this set is an opportunity to hear what bass and piano can do as driving forces. Just loving it, so unrushed and detailed, a summit of masters who don't need to flaunt their mastery.

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Craig Taborn's new Daylight Ghosts doesn't appear to have been released in the US yet, but I just got it in 96/24 FLAC from HighResAudio.com, a German version of HDtracks that seems to get ECM releases earlier (ECM is after all based in Germany). Just giving it a first listen, interestingly different from Taborn's earlier releases: more weighty, more rhythmic, less eerie. Enjoying the surprise.

Long flight music: Warren Wolf's Convergence (heard him live at SFJAZZ with the Collective recently), Wolfgang Muthspiel's Driftwood (with favorites Larry Grenadier and Brian Blade), Jack DeJohnette's In Movement (with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison), and Jon Cowherd's Mercy (with Blade, Bill Frisell, and John Patitucci), more to come. It's hard to believe such a glowing variety of jazz, and that's just a teeny fraction of the new music from the last few years. 

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Almost too good to be true, three faves releasing new music soon!

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Another crisp morning in powder central.
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A cold, crisp morning before powder skiing.
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The first time I listen to Hidden Voices on my upgraded living room system: Sonore microRendu streamer>Schiit Yggdrasil R2R DAC>Hegel H360 class AB integrated amp>KEF Reference 1 speakers + REL T7i subwoofers. I've head Ortiz (piano) and Cleaver (drums) live, but not Revis (bass). What impresses me most in this recording and how it sounds through the upgraded system is the bass, so solid and present, but the whole is stunning in detail, soundstage, and dynamics. As close to what I experience live as I can imagine hearing in my living room. This trio is so tight, dense, challenging of expectations as any I've head recently. Great music, great sound.

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Warren Wolf was wonderful on vibes and marimba with the +SFJAZZ Collective, and is now out with a spirit-lifting album with Christian McBride, Jeff Watts, Brad Mehldau, and John Scofield. The music that we need.
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