Spotify Playlists: Rudy Van Gelder Studios


March 3, 2017 /

Rudy Van Gelder is one of the most recognized audio engineers to have ever lived. He has recorded hundreds of the most celebrated jazz albums the world has ever heard. His recordings are so characteristic, “the Van Gelder sound” has become a catchphrase known to jazz fans the world over. … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Herbie Hancock, Empyrean Isles (Blue Note 4175)


February 28, 2017 /

This is one of my favorite Herbie Hancock albums. It has a soft, gentle vibe that I return to time and time again when I want to listen to something quiet. The quartet with trumpet seems like the perfect minimal arrangement for this album, and even though I’m not the biggest Freddie Hubbard fan, I find that he fits in with the rest of the group… More→

Spotify Playlists: Moods


February 24, 2017 /

On numerous occasions, listening to a general jazz playlist covers too broad a range of emotions. In these instances I want a playlist that captures the mood perfectly. Over the years I have made several playlists of this sort for my own personal use and now I’m sharing them with … More→

New Lee Morgan Documentary to Screen in NYC This March


February 22, 2017 /

Lee Morgan was a profound talent that the world was sad to lose when he was tragically shot and killed at the age of 33 by his common-law wife, Helen Morgan. In the new documentary “I Called Him Morgan”, Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin elects to tell the tale of the … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Cliff Jordan (Blue Note 1565)


February 21, 2017 /

Truth be told, these United Artists mono pressings from the early to mid ’70s are hit and miss, having heard more than one that suffered from significant non-fill problems. But this particular copy made it through that inconsistent manufacturing process unscathed. United Artists pressings also seem to have a gentler top end than a lot of… More→

Mono Vinyl Playback on a Modern Stereo Audio System


February 17, 2017 /

Since its introduction in the 1950s, the stereo audio format has become an inseparable part of listening to recorded music. This two-channel standard has been implemented on such a universal scale, the terms “stereo” and “audio system” are virtually interchangeable today in everyday language. The original theory of sound recording … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: The Cats (New Jazz 8217)


February 14, 2017 /

When I lived in Albany, New York, the East Greenbush library had a killer selection of classic jazz CDs, and the 1989 Original Jazz Classics reissue of this album was one of them. Flipping through the racks, this album piqued my interest because of its super-hip cover and the name “John Coltrane”. I became more familiar with this album over… More→

Spotify Playlist: Showtune Standards


February 3, 2017 /

Deep Groove Mono is very excited to announce the release of a project that has been in the works for quite a while now. After many hours of research and curating, I am releasing my “Showtune Standards” playlist on Spotify! The idea for this playlist came from the realization that … More→