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  1. Don't be too hard on yourself, you've put your finger on two big issues here that are easily addressed without technical expertise: On streaming vs ripped CDs--your $9000 server likely sounds better than any streaming source. Streaming is super convenient, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone assert it sounds as good as ripped CDs on a purpose-built server. I have "failed" several times in attempts to add streaming at equivalent sound quality. Headphones are an extraordinarily efficient use of audiophile funds, assuming you accept that they are not speakers. In a
  2. Thanks, Chris; and CONGRATULATIONS, MITCH! I hope that someday you are able to develop a hardware solution to enable your software on systems that are not open access PC-based. (I use a Naim Uniti Core, just for example, and there are many others) Perhaps this would sit between the source and the pre-amp?
  3. Also, many of Dylan's greatest lyrics have multiple meanings and/or are ambiguous. It's a lot of fun to google them and read conflicting explanations that are well thought out. His answers are blowin' in the wind
  4. You guys are old! OK, I am too, haha. More seriously, labels are kind of yesterday's curators, and are hugely expensive for artists. Streaming is tough enough, but many labels take the majority of the royalties. A much better deal for many artists today is to release independently, and rely on word of mouth, playlists, and recommendations from the streaming services themselves.
  5. Awesome! I love this because they're turning the tables--they're likely to deliver a better stream than would have been available on a traditional CD. Also, McBride is amazing live. Most bass solos are snoozers--his are great. He's at the Vanguard for a week every November or December (I cant quite remember)--worth the trip to NYC!
  6. Wow--a treatise. Steely Dan is my favorite band, seen them at least 10 or 12 times in the past 12 or so years (and they are still awesome!) Your diligence and thoroughness match theirs. A fitting tribute! I need to go check the barcode on my Nightfly... THANKS!!!
  7. A while back I mildly critiqued Taylor Swift, to the chagrin of several. So to give credit to where credit is due-- today's news is yet another example of how a brilliant songsmith is also an exceptionally shrewd business person and a genius marketer. Swift's new recording of "Fearless" has not only soared on the charts, it is the first step in laying waste to a massive investment made by people who had antagonized her. She's kind of like a superhero from an old movie https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/arts/music/taylor-swift-fearless-taylors-version-billboard-chart.html?searchR
  8. I agree we live in a racist society. Your problem with Take Five is really a problem with all of society, so we can leave Dave, Elvis and others out of this. Also, in some ways separately, it is often difficult for Black people and white people to connect. But to me, one of the beautiful things about music is that Black, white, rich, poor, old, young...are able to connect and share through music. I appreciated the Max Roach link above. You might listen to Fela Kuti, and then hear his influence in Talking Heads's Remain in Light. I do not think Talking Heads are r
  9. Sorry. I should have been kinder and remembered that this board includes people from many different backgrounds. "Black" is now standard usage in the US, to recognize that it is more than skin color, it also reflects a shared history and culture. "white" is still the standard for white people, reflecting the more diverse histories and cultures within that group. These are based on New York Times usage, which is about as close as we can get in the US to an official guide to grammar.
  10. No one has said "over black black jazz". Nor is it even a relevant criticism to ignore people who arrived on the music scene later than their artistic predecessors. Miles was not the first leading trumpet player, Dylan was not the first folk singer, The Beatles were not the first rock band. No need for this ridiculous race-baiting. BTW, many would say your use of 'black" as opposed to "Black" is disrespectful
  11. Kinda harsh, especially when you refute yourself by noting that he made "some catchy". Time Out is an innovative (catchy) masterpiece. It's also not right to assert his popular and critical acclaim is due to his whiteness. No doubt that racism permeates our society, and that Black musicians have had much harder less fair lives/careers due to this. But that does not mean that being White somehow made it easy to do what Brubeck--and Elvis, in a more extreme case--did. Please share recommendations on artists/albums with the time signatures we associate with Brubeck; I'l
  12. Well, since Miles redefined jazz, the trumpet, and music in general multiple times, maybe it was everybody else who was poor technically? That you go on to mention a folk singer in the same breath...I cannot even bring myself to respond
  13. Sadly not surprised. I bought my wife a Sonos speaker and found it unlistenably harsh--not in the audiophile sense, I mean compared to a cheap boom box, car stereo or similar. I'm a hard pass on all their stuff
  14. This is a great point, and I did not mean to diss T Swift (or Eric Clapton) as an entertainer. I merely meant to assert that neither is a great virtuoso. My 12 year old daughter and I had a terrific time at T's Speak Now show at in Foxboro, Mass too many moons ago. Of the 50,000 fans, I think 49,000 were girls/women, and maybe 48,000 of them sang every word at the top of their lungs. It was the loudest full concert I've ever been to, for real. Plus, Taylor's a marketing genius. One of the messed up things about the music business is that pop stars are unbelievably
  15. I'll help. Like the OP, I am also completely mystified by Clapton's repeated and enduring popularity. Except for While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I have never heard one of his solos and thought "Wow--I really need to hear that again..." Yet I've had this reaction with a huge number of other guitarists, both famous, and not so much. Of course, I am also mystified that Taylor Swift is our most popular vocalist. Perhaps they have something in common?
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