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  1. Duke Ellington recorded music for 50 years. Ask any Ellington fan to pick their favorite album, they will not be able to decide. Ever changing, throughout these 50 years, but always distinctive, what is it that makes Ellington so special ? His arrangements, his compositions, his ability to gather in his band the best talents and use them at their best ? One aspect which I find fascinating is his piano playing. His style and sound is instantly recognizable, and forms the "foundation" of many of his recordings: it shows great finesse, inventivity, while having an exciting quality. But most of all, there is "depth" in his playing. A single chord will resonate and touch your soul ! This is what Earl Hines has to say about Ellington (in "The World of Earl Hines"): "I think that what made him so different as a pianist was that he was not just a stylist and an arranger, but a composer, too. I wish he had made more solo records, but I never forget how he could stimulate that band of his. Sometimes you might hear them playing at a dance before he arrived. Then he would come out and sit down at the pinao, and the difference was like night and day. He had a lot of rhythmic drive." Eddie Lambert, in his book "A Listener's guide", provides a very articulate description of his qualities, in reference to the sessions with Hodges and Edison released as "Back To Back" (and part of "Side By Side"): "Duke's perfromance here [on "Back To Back"] is one ot the most inventive displays by a jazz soloist in the entire history of jazz. Ellington does not have the virtuosity of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, or Earl Hines, but he has a balance in his musical vocabulary which none of these possesses, as well as invention which surpasses that of any other jazz soloist except Louis Armstrong. In the piano solos, everything is in proportion - melody, harmony, and rhythm combine in a remarkably articulate language. And Ellington improvises with all three elements, creating new melodic patterns, new rhythmic shapes, and unusual harmonic blends […] His beautiful touch is also in evidence, as is his subtle way of playing chords with each note given a different weight. Ellington's solo mood on these performances varies from the musing intimacy of Beale Street Blues to the wild, driving conclusion to Stompy Jones. Not the least impressive aspect of Duke's playing on the sessions is his absolute mastery of the blues idiom. It is fascinating too to hear his accompaniments in such an impromptu setting, exactly the right chord, figuration, or riff pattern always effortlessly to hand." So here is an illustration - perhaps one of my favorites after all. Does it get any better than this ?
  2. Latest information also offers interesting insights into amplifiers: https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/79452-building-ultimate-nos-dac-using-tda1541a-756.html#post6148715 They conclude with a pretty strong statement: "All recordings will sound different (recording quality is -very- clearly audible now). But every recording is way more enjoyable now and audiophile playback is no longer restricted to few audiophile recordings." Exciting times
  3. They are coming out with really fascinating stuff, packed with plenty of innovations. I'd be curious to know if professional audio engineers are following their work. What does a John Swenson think of all this, and has he read their latest posts on DiyAudio? @JohnSwenson what's your take on their latest work ?
  4. Some news from ECDesigns on their upcoming products: https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/79452-building-ultimate-nos-dac-using-tda1541a-post6137498.html
  5. Unfortunately the cases of domestic violence are escalating as well (at least here in France). Another tragic consequence of this situation.
  6. We can assume that adding components improves sound quality, and is not done for purely "decorative" purposes.
  7. It is intricate in its "design", but it remains simple in its use: scan your folders, browse, play, and edit your albums in a web page. For playback, I do plan on making it simpler with cloud based playback (have to check the cost of having all my collection on Google Cloud Storage or Amazon AWS), but as you may know audio playback in itself is a complicated topic... There are too many protocols (Web Audio, UPNP, LMS, casting, etc.. ), and some protocols/solutions are really poorly designed (Web Audio to start with...). Back to cloud storage backup - sorry for the digressions...
  8. That is indeed how many people do it today - and the subject of the thread. In the coming years, we will probably see improved cloud based players, and the situation may be reversed, with "local" storage being purely for backup purposes, if at all.
  9. Cloud storage/apps arise happening everywhere else... Corporations are moving to cloud based solutions. Having to run a home server 24/7 to listen to your music files (at home or remotely) seems "archaic" to me. A chromebook, a backup solution (local or remote) - that's all we should need.
  10. Agreed ! It really is not rocket science to develop a system that syncs your files to cloud storage. Having your associated metada (what Roon calls your "database") stored on the cloud as well is not an issue, given the bandwidth that most of us enjoy at home. For those who don't, it could be optional.
  11. Yes, and my solution is "hybrid' as some data is stored on the cloud and some locally. The app itself can be run either locally or from a remote server (on heroku) - the code itself is identical.
  12. Sorry, i had not taken the time to explain in detail. Unfortunately what I am doing is a "custom" solution and I do not really see how it could be extended to others without investing significant time and effort into it. So i don't think a seperate thread is required. I'll explain here briefly. I developped everything from scratch. My program scans automatically my folders. I store album covers and associated artwork/pdf on Google Cloud Storage. The "tags" and comments on my albums are stored in a PostgresQL database hosted on Heroku. The tracks themselves are for the time being only stored locally, but i plan on storing them as well on Google Cloud Storage, selectively for the time being, to allow me to play them remotely. For the time being, I play my files through LMS by sending the URLs of the files from my app. Works well, but it ain't Roon... That's about it I put a few examples here: The example illustrate why i did all this. They are individual albums. I also have an "album grid" to browse my entire collection, but it is not finalized. I plan on adding artist bios/pictures as well - it all takes time. I spend more time "collecting" information on my ever-growing collection than on actually developping the solution. By the way, i am the author of this thread: https://community.roonlabs.com/t/bye-roon-why-i-am-not-renewing-my-subscription/67012 I followed through on my ideas and am very happy to have done so I mostly listen to Jazz, and as a Jazz "collector", there are in my opinion many aspects which are just not handled by any music application today. Unfortunately, there is no "collaborative" database that address these requirements. A shame, but that's the way it is.
  13. Same situation, so i listen late at night.
  14. hopkins

    Ellington gems

    Ellington never ceases to amaze and suprise me. Witness this short piece, released by Storyville earlier this year: "The Lake", part of his suite "The River", and performed at the end of a 1969 concert. Here are the Storyville notes: "On November 7th, 1969, Duke Ellington and his orchestra played two concerts in Rotterdam, in the famous De Doelen concert hall. The second concert of the evening was prolonged, as the public wouldn’t let Ellington go. So while the rest of the bandmembers left the stage, a quartet with Duke, Wild Bill Davis, bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Rufus Jones stayed, and played four more numbers, much to the delight of the sold-out house. You can hear the whole band concert on the Storyville CD “Rotterdam 1969” (1018440), and here we offer the ”afterparty” music by the quartet. " Check it out ! https://storyvillerecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-lake
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