Editorial for December 2007

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Mack Avenue Records is providing our December Drawing/Giveaway, which should please Audiophile Audition jazz fans no end. A dozen of our readers will have their registration information drawn at the end of this month and be sent these two Mack Avenue discs: The exciting Gerald Wilson Orchestra’s “New York New Sound,” – in multichannel hybrid SACD – which we raved about here; plus some swinging versions of festive favorites titled “Jazz Yule Love II.”  Its 11 tracks feature such celebrated musicians as the Bud Shank Quartet, The Hot Club of Detroit, Oscar Castro-Neves and Sean Jones. To have your name and address drawn for the giveaway, just Register Right Here. (Please fill out all the fields; we don’t ask for much.)
The lucky winner of the Oppo DVD 970 Universal Disc Player – our November Drawing – is Ken Holder of Snowflake, AZ.  Congrats Ken!

Re: Surround Sound for Music 
An opinion from one of our guest reviewers worth being reminded of
Over the past year I have learned almost to an incontrovertible conclusion that two channels for classical music are hopelessly inadequate (when there is a multi-channel alternative of the same performance). But it is not always so clear-cut for jazz. But I have found that rear channel intrusion, most of which I don’t particularly care for, that is found in some jazz music is simply because the artist or the engineers or both simply want it that way. An aggressive mix found in some jazz releases, such as Telarc’s “Monte Meets Sly and Robbie” (which I love to death) is an artistic choice, not an insoluble mix of the genre and the technology.

And over the past few years it is clear to me that sound engineers are learning (and it is a learning process) to better exploit the special virtues of multichannel. To be sure, Joe McQueen’s “Ten at 86”, is the quintessential utilization of multichannel in jazz. There is no center channel utilized here, although you would never suspect it by listening. And the surround channels are utilized to an effective perfection. As with the best multichannel SACDs in my collection, to the listener who is not aware that a multichannel source is being played it simply sounds like the best “stereo” presentation that a two-channel system could muster. That is, until you switch to stereo and the acoustic space significantly flattens. In listening to this SACD the first couple of times I don’t recall being aware, even sub-consciously, of the rear channels unless I was intent on making a two-channel/multichannel comparison (which I rarely do anymore because it’s rudely disruptive and almost always a waste of time).


General Editorial 

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