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June 23, 2004

Universal Releases 11 SACDs - Universal Music Group has issued 11 new SACD titles in the U.S. - including six albums by Oscar Peterson, and releases by Diana Krall, Gary Allen, The Wallflowers, Bryn Terfel and classical pianist Helen Grimaud.

Telarc Awards - At the annual JazzWeek Awards ceremony June 5 Telarc Records was named Label of the Year, their recent release by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band was named Record of the Year, and jazz pianist Michel Camilo was named Artist of the Year.

Miles Davis Tribute SACD Set - The Maryland-based label Cuneiform Records has released a double-SACD featuring guitarist Henry Kaiser and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith leading an all-star band named Yo Miles! The tribute to Miles Davis is titled Sky Garden and is a Single Inventory hybrid disc, as several labels are beginning to offer - meaning that there will be no CD-only version.

Colorized Movies Are Back - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has introduced their color + B&W production process called ChromaChoice in an attempt to broaden the appeal of classic black and white films for a new generation of viewers. The process is said to avoid some of the problems with colorization in the past, and enables viewers to instantly switch between the colorized and original B&W versions while viewing, using a button on their remotes. The initial ChromaChoice releases? Two Three Stooges comedies.

Silent Films Weren’t So Slow - Speaking of old movies, American Cinematographer magazine has reported that although the accepted frame rate for films in the silent era was 16fps (vs. 24fps when sound-on-film was introduced), that wasn’t always followed. Projectionists had to hand-crank the projectors early on, and they would just crank faster to get home earlier! Western Electric checked the average speed of Broadway theaters in 1914 and found them running 22 to 26fps, which helped lead to the new standard for sound films.

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