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Various Artists / Producer's Choice / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/various-artists/producers-choice   Album Title: Producer's Choice Artist:  Various Artists Label:  Blue Coast Records Provenance: All songs recorded to analog 2" tape except: Loving You Always, Bid You Goodnight and Three Crow Town recorded using the Sonoma System DSD 64. Mixed to 1/2" tape: Aurora Borealis. Mixed to DSD128: Rite of Scorpio and So Many Stars. All other songs mixed to DSD64. Mastered through analog console to DSD or in the Sonoma System without going to DXD/PCM state.   Producer's Choice Gold disc was made to be a collector’s item. The music includes 12 favorite songs of the producer, Cookie Marenco, recorded and produced by her over the last decade for indie labels or Blue Coast Records. These incredible songs have always deserved more attention.   These songs were mixed to Direct Stream Digital One Bit Recording using the Sonoma Systems. Until 2014, this set of music was only available as Master Quality Disc (MQD) 24k Gold Redbook CD. Some of the music required remixing from the original 2" masters to meet Blue Coast Records standards of mixing to analog tape or DSD. All of the songs have been remastered to work best as a complete collection in this set of music.   This 24K Gold Disc is hand-labeled and individually made. Each one is the quality of a master that we would send out for replication. MQDs are manufactured at our Blue Coast Studios using our own MQD 24k Gold CDs. These red book CDs are burned from our servers one by one at optimal speeds, signed, tested and numbered.   These hand labeled discs are signed by Cookie Marenco, using a special pen so as not to damage the disc. While there are no album graphics, we've included the Table of Contents that we would normally send to the plant. This is truly a master!   https://bluecoastmusic.com/various-artists/producers-choice

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Blue Coast Music

 

Jaeger & Reid / From Way Up Here / Jaeger & Reid

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/jaeger-reid/from-way-up-here   Album Title:  From Way Up Here  Artist:  Jaeger & Reid Provenance: Recorded in DSD256 and analog 2" tape. Mixed through analog console to DSD256.   Debut album for this duo offering intelligent songs with luscious harmonies, rich acoustic accompaniment and engaging vocals presented in a contemporary folk style.   The Audio Beatnik says of this album -- "The debut album for Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid, From Way Up Here, is a lot of things, but most notably, it’s an album from two very accomplished musicians wonderfully recorded, mixed and mastered by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Music (formerly OTR Studios). If you haven’t heard of Jaeger & Reid, hopefully, you will get to know them, or at least know their music. They were children of the 60s who grew up in musical families, Jaeger in Canada and Reid in the San Francisco Bay area. In fact, you could say that music is the family business for both of them. Jaeger’s mother played and sang folk music, and her brother played guitar and taught her to play. She remembers listening to Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand and Gordon Lightfoot in particular. 'I’ve always been influenced by the power that music can have on you, letting you express deep emotions,' Jaeger says."   https://bluecoastmusic.com/jaeger-reid/from-way-up-here

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Blue Coast Music

 

Joey DeFrancesco / Project Freedom / Mack Avenue

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/joey-defrancesco/project-freedom   Album Title:  Project Freedom  Artist:  Joey DeFrancesco
Label:  Mack Avenue Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.   Joey DeFrancesco is sought after for his unique sense of swing. Joey DeFrancesco and balladry as a composer is rich with bluesy, sensibility. DeFrancesco's also shines on his secondary instrument, taking inspiration from Miles Davis, with whom he shared the stage with. Joey DeFranesco's album Project Freedom was Grammy nominated in 2014 for Best Jazz Album.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/joey-defrancesco/project-freedom

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Blue Coast Music

 

Cava Menzies Nick Phillips / Moment To Moment / Nick Phillips Label

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/cava-menzies-nick-phillips/moment-to-moment   Album Title: Moment To Moment Artist:  Cava Menzies Nick Phillips Label:  Nick Phillips Label
Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 192kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.   If you're a fan of Kind of Blue, you'll love this album. It's a slow paced album of ballads great for when you want to relax. Nick Phillips soulful trumpet and Cava's "Bill Evans-like" touch will draw you in from the first notes. The reviews have been fantastic. Many artists have produced albums filled with love songs and torch tunes at slow tempos; they’re designed to pull at the heartstrings, or turn up the nostalgia, or to highlight the introspective phrase making that ballads allow. Very few artists are capable of doing what this album accomplishes.    https://bluecoastmusic.com/cava-menzies-nick-phillips/moment-to-moment

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Tony Furtado / Special Event 30 / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/tony-furtado/special-event-30   Album Title:  Special Event 30 Artist:  Tony Furtado Label:  Blue Coast Records
Provenance: Recorded to DSD64 and mixed through analog console to DSD128   Tony Furtado, master on slide guitar and banjo, makes his Blue Coast Records vocal debut. Tony Furtado starts with an amazing cover of Tom Petty's  Runnin' Down A Dream. These songs were all recorded live by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios using the E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment) technique. The recording environment was set up to cater to the performer. No headphones were used in recording and no overdubs were made. Everything was recorded with Neumann mics, Millennia preamps and our own Silver Cable recording direct to DSD.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/tony-furtado/special-event-30

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Blue Coast Music

 

John Moriarty / The Duo / John Moriarty Productions

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/john-moriarty/the-duo   Album Title:  The Duo
Artist: John Moriarty Label: John Moriarty Productions
Provenance: Recorded to 2" analog tape and mixed through analog console to DSD64   The Duo is an album of nostalgic moments from past favorites. Performed by John Mortiarty with assistance from Mark Williams, the duo does a masterful job intertwining the piano and the bass. The songs cover a vast array of genres and styles, modernizing classics and expanding on great ideas.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/john-moriarty/the-duo

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Blue Coast Music

 

Coco Scott / Smolder / Coco Scott

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/coco-scott/smolder   Album Title:  Smolder
Artist:  Coco Scott
Provenance: Recorded to 2" analog tape and DSD256 and mixed through analog console to DSD256.   Coco Scott's melodic vocal floats on top of a mix of spellbinding piano ballads and synth based harmonies on her electrifying album Smolder.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/coco-scott/smolder

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Blue Coast Music

 

Debussy: Images, Jeux & La plus que lente / San Francisco Symphony / SFS Media

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/debussy-images-jeux-la-plus-que-lente   Album Title:  Debussy: Images, Jeux & La plus que lente
Artist:  San Francisco Symphony
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas Label:  SFS Media
Provenance: Images and La plus que lente were recorded to 19224 WAV, Jeux was recorded to 9624 WAV. Both were mixed to 192kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM
  https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/debussy-images-jeux-la-plus-que-lente

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Blue Coast Music

 

Garett Brennan / Little Cottonwood / Three Pin Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/garett-brennan/little-cottonwood   Album Title:  Little Cottonwood Artist:  Garett Brennan Label:  Three Pin Records
Provenance: Recorded to analog 2" tape, mixed via analog console to DSD64.
  Cut live at 8500 ft in a log cabin, at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Rockies. This record is 100% Acoustic. No headphones. No overdubs. Only mics.
  Little Cottonwood is an aural collection of short stories. This is your Sunday morning record.
  Shortly after Telluride Bluegrass Festival selected Brennan as first alternate in their 2005 songwriting competition, he headed to Alta, Utah to cut "Little Cottonwood," and released it nationally that fall in a grassroots partnership with Berkeley-based Clif Bar. The record was produced by Cookie Marenco and features Ted Presberg on guitar and Will Amend on whistle duo. Original illustrations by Eben Dickinson.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/garett-brennan/little-cottonwood

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Blue Coast Music

 

Special Event 11 / City Folk / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/keith-greeninger-city-folk/special-event-11   Album Title:  Special Event 11 Artist:  City Folk Label:  Blue Coast Records
Provenance: Recorded to analog 2" tape, mixed via analog console to DSD64.
Blue Coast Special Event 11 includes both laid back and upbeat folk tunes with hopeful motifs and pensive themes. The collaboration between Keith Greeninger and City Folk blossoms into sweet vocal harmonies balanced by bright acoustic tones. Keith’s rich vocals blend perfectly with the twangy string instruments. Producer and Engineer Cookie Marenco has captured the moment by creating and expertly capturing the live performance with her Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.) technique that is most suitable for high resolution audio playback.
  https://bluecoastmusic.com/keith-greeninger-city-folk/special-event-11

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Blue Coast Music

 

Noren Schmitt / A New Beginning / Noren Schmitt

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/noren-schmitt/a-new-beginning   Album Title:  A New Beginning Artist:  Noren Schmitt Label:  Noren Schmitt
Provenance: Recorded in 44kHz PCM and mastered from STEMs through analog console to DSD256 at Blue Coast Studios
a new beginning - reflects Noren's desire to share his joy of music, bring together different musical cultures, and create new soundscapes
  https://bluecoastmusic.com/noren-schmitt/a-new-beginning

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WomanChild / Cécile McLorin Salvant / Mack Avenue Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/cécile-mclorin-salvant/womanchild   Album Title:  WomanChild Artist:  Cécile McLorin Salvant Label:  Mack Avenue Records
Provenance: Recorded and Mixed in 96kHz, 24-bit PCM
McLorin Salvant followed a different path from her peers. Born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father, McLorin Salvant’s first language was French. She immersed herself in the classical music tradition, long before she turned to jazz—starting on piano at age five and joining the Miami Choral Society at age eight. When it came time for college, McLorin Salvant bypassed all the US conservatories and jazz schools, heading instead to Aix-en-Provence in France, where she continued to develop as a singer, but with an emphasis on classical and baroque vocal music as well as jazz.  

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Blue Coast Music

 

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 / San Francisco Symphony / SFS Media

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/tchaikovsky-5   Album Title:  Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Artist:  San Francisco Symphony
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas Label:  SFS Media
Provenance: Recorded and Mixed in 192kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM
  Tchaikovsky wrote his Fifth Symphony in just four months during the spring and summer of 1888. The emotional background to this piece involves resignation to fate, designs of providence, murmurs of doubt, and similar dark thoughts. The movements are unified through common reference to a “motto theme” announced by somber clarinets at the outset. “If Beethoven’s Fifth is Fate knocking at the door,” wrote a commentator when the piece was new, “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth is Fate trying to get out.” And yet, not everything is forlorn. Shafts of sunlight cut through the shadows by way of orchestration of illuminating brightness, rhythmic vivacity and variety, hopeful secondary melodies, and passages of balletic grace.
  Tchaikovsky dedicated his Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture, to Mily Balakirev, a mover and shaker of Russian musical politics. Tchaikovsky followed many of Balakirev’s suggestions, and it must have been a blow to both of them when the piece proved a failure at its 1870 premiere. He revised it considerably until it reached its final form in 1880. Chanting that originally opened the work was replaced by music of an antique sound. Tchaikovsky also deleted a fugue, and added a dire, unforgiving coda to depict the play’s tragic ending. After more than a decade’s work, Romeo and Juliet reached masterpiece status, an achievement that was recognized in 1884 when it won the 500-ruble Glinka Award, the first of many prizes that would come Tchaikovsky’s way.
  —excerpt from liner notes by James M. Keller   https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/tchaikovsky-5

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For One To Love / Cécile McLorin Salvant / Mack Avenue Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/cécile-mclorin-salvant/for-one-to-love   Album Title:  For One To Love
Artist:  Cécile McLorin Salvant Label:  Mack Avenue Records
Provenance: Recorded and Mixed in 96kHz, 24-bit PCM
Awards: Grammy - Best Jazz Vocal Album 2016   When Cécile McLorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she was not only the youngest finalist, but also a mystery woman with the most unusual background of any of the participants. When she walked away with first place in the jazz world's most prestigious contest, the buzz began almost immediately. The New York Times now calls her "the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade."   https://bluecoastmusic.com/cécile-mclorin-salvant/for-one-to-love

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Blue Coast Music

 

Special Event 21 - The NPR Sessions / Keith Greeninger / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/keith-greeninger-chris-kee-brain/special-event-21-the-npr-sessions   Album Title:  Special Event 21 - The NPR Sessions
Artist:  Keith Greeninger, Chris Kee, Brain Label:  Blue Coast Records
Provenance: Recorded to 2" Tape and DSD64, and mixed through analog console to DSD128. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by
Cookie Marenco   We invited some special guests to be present for my (Cookie Marenco's) NPR Interview (link is external). Along with Laura Sydell & Cindy Carpien of NPR the sessions were attended by Andreas Koch of Playback Designs as well as the musicians; Keith Greeninger on Guitar, Mandola & Voice; Chris Kee on Bass and Brain on Drums. Special thanks to our Blue Coast Crew -- Patrick O'Connor, Tim Jones and Albert Llaguno, -- Scott Thompson for his BBQ skills and to Harold and Eric Fethe for their ability to add humor and attentive listening to the session. Another day of magic at the studio.
-Cookie Marenco   https://bluecoastmusic.com/keith-greeninger-chris-kee-brain/special-event-21-the-npr-sessions

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Creation / Emily Palen / Valence Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/emily-palen/creation   Album Title:  Creation  Artist:  Emily Palen Label:  Valence Records Producer:  Cookie Marenco & Gregory James Provenance:   Recorded to DSD64 and mixed through analog console to DSD64. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios.

Violinist, pianist, singer and composer, Emily Palen ventures into a new ground focussing on eerie melodies and experimenting with her violin to create a one of a kind solo violin album. Interleaving her musical knowledge and her raw musical passion, Emily has created a uniquely original sound. Building on her own experiences within avant-garde, rock, jazz, and experimental music, Emily Palen's Creation album is a cohesive collection of original songs that provide a transcendental experience for the listener   https://bluecoastmusic.com/emily-palen/creation

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Blue Coast Music

 

While She Sleeps / Art Lande / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/art-lande/while-she-sleeps   Album Title:  While She Sleeps Artist:  Art Lande Label:  Blue Coast Records
Provenance: Recorded to 2" Analog Tape, and mixed to 1/2" Tape and DSD64 for SACD and CD releases.   Blue Coast Records and Grammy-Nominated jazz pianist, Art Lande have teamed up to release this extraordinary collection of classic songs and original pieces. The quiet, subtle nature of the recording is a masterful example of key control and pedaling of which every pianist will want to take note. Performed on an 1885 Steinway, without the use of studio processing, While She Sleeps is a glimpse into a true musical performance. The sound is clear and immediate. A must have for any audio file.   Art Lande has released a litany of amazing music with both ECM and Windham Hill; and performed with artists such as Charlie Haden, Woody Shaw, Jan Garbarek, Paul McCandless, Joe Henderson and Nguyèn Lè.   "This is truly a piano recording for piano lovers; I'm sure it's going to get plenty of playing at CES and other audio shows. Even the standard CD layer sonics are exemplary."   —John Sunier, Audiophile Audition   https://bluecoastmusic.com/art-lande/while-she-sleeps

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So Many Stars / John Moriarty Trio featuring Bonet / John Moriarty Productions

Links to listen and purchase:
https://bluecoastmusic.com/john-moriarty/so-many-stars

Album Title:  So Many Stars Artist:   John Moriarty Trio featuring Bonet Label:  John Moriarty Productions
Provenance: The album was originally recorded to 2" tape and has been remixed through analog console to DSD128.
  Prepare to be amazed in listening to this recording of the John Moriarty Trio. "So Many Stars", featuring Bonet Moriarty, is likely one of the most spectacularly dynamic vocal recordings you will ever hear. Reminiscent of a Whitney Houston or Eva Cassidy, Bonet's soaring vocals were recorded live with only one or two takes. 'My Funny Valentine” and “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face’ will penetrate your heart and soul! John Moriarty (piano) and Jim Kerwin (bass) fill out the trio with their fine performances.
  "This album was recorded almost 20 years ago and it is just as fresh today. Bonet's dynamics and vocal control show an artist at the top of her game." -- Cookie Marenco, engineer
https://bluecoastmusic.com/john-moriarty/so-many-stars
 

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American Mavericks / San Francisco Symphony / SFS Media

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/american-mavericks   Album Title:  American Mavericks Artist:  San Francisco Symphony 
Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Label:  SFS Media
Producer:  Jack Vad Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM. The 9624 WAV files (9624 is our shorthand for 96kHz, 24-bit encoding) are the original digital file generation received from the artist or label. The DSD and FLAC files are considered second generation and made from conversions using our Blue Coast conversion methods. DSF and FLAC will offer the convenience of metadata that the WAV files will not.   A central citizen of musical modernism, Henry Cowell drew musical influences from throughout the world and taught a legion of imaginative followers. When he was 16 he unveiled a piano piece that employed a device for which he is widely remembered: the tone cluster, in which adjacent notes are bundled into a self-standing sonority. In Cowell’s scores, these cloudy clusters often move from one to another much as notes in any melody would. We hear them in the billowing close-harmony of Synchrony, written in 1930 as a multimedia music-dance-and-lighting spectacular for Martha Graham (who, in the end, failed to complete her choreography). Cowell’s coeval Piano Concerto, doled out over two concerts in 1930, is also riddled with tone clusters; its middle movement even takes its title from them. Although their characteristic haze is a fingerprint of Cowell’s style, they are not all that these pieces are about. In the concerto, they are just one element the composer binds into an imposing sonic edifice rooted in the virtuosic piano concertos of the preceding century.
Lou Harrison was inspired by Cowell even before becoming his pupil in 1935. His Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra owes its orchestration to the simultaneous arrival of separate requests for new pieces—one for organ, one for percussion ensemble. Harrison’s distinctive sound, derived from Asian percussion styles and exotic scales, here grows positively dazzling in both instrumental color and, at places, volume. Few works in his fertile output surpass this concerto in exhilarating melodies (with telling use of Cowell style clusters) and scintillating rhythms.
Cowell and Harrison were both prolific composers. Not so Edgard Varèse, but his 14 extant compositions include undisputed monuments of modernism. Amériques occupied him on and off for decades, and getting it performed proved an enduring frustration—not really a surprise for an immensely complicated work requiring 125 players. Notwithstanding the images suggested by its wailing sirens and tempestuous intensity, Varèse insisted that Amériques was “a piece of absolute music, completely unrelated to the noises of modern life” and “the impression of a stranger who asks himself about the extraordinary possibilities of our civilization.”
—excerpt from liner notes by James M. Keller
https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/american-mavericks

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