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The Bad Plus – It’s Hard – Okeh/Sony Music

The Bad Plus – It’s Hard – Okeh/Sony Music

The Bad Plus deliver an all-covers album with lots of surprises. The Bad Plus – It’s Hard [TrackList follows] – Okeh/Sony Music 88985 337142, 40:56 [8/26/16] *****: (Reid Anderson – double bass/ Ethan Iverson – piano/David King – drums) What would you think of an all-covers album which includes music from Barry Manilow, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash and other tunes from outside the typical jazz realm? Some could try such a broad mixture, and fail. But with the Bad Plus, the result is the band’s 11th studio recording, It’s Hard, the threesome’s first all-covers project and another stellar and adventurous release. Those untutored with this trio’s eclectic stretch of influences might consider a 40-minute, 11-track collection of interpretations of music external to the jazz domain to be somewhat of a stunt. That kind of criticism has been leveled at bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King since the trio’s major label 2003 debut, These Are the Vistas, which had audacious versions of Nirvana’s grunge-rock anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” Anyone who has spent time with the Bad Plus realize they are way beyond any sense of novelty. In reality, the Bad Plus […]

Beauty and the Beast, Blu-ray (1991/2016)

Beauty and the Beast, Blu-ray (1991/2016)

The 25th anniversary edition of a classic widescreen animation from Disney. Beauty and the Beast, Blu-ray (1991/2016)  Cast (Voice-overs): Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach Directors: Brian McEntee, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Music: Alan Menken Studio: Walt Disney Collection 136699 (9/20/16) Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD Technicolor Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1, English, French or Spanish DD 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish Dubbed In: French or Spanish 3 Versions: Orig. theatrical, speclal edition and sing-along Extras: Sneak peak at new version; “Always Belle” – Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle; Menken & Friends: 25 Years of musical inspiration!; The Recording Sessions; #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & The Beauty and the Beast; 25 fun facts about Beauty and the Beast/ More… Length of feature: 92 min. Rating: ***** Beauty and the Beast has the reputation of being the finest animated feature Disney has ever done, and that may be right. The story is full of unforgettable characters and the music won the Academy Award for Best Song and Best Score in 1991. Belle is not your usual Disney female, being brave and independent, and she has the adventure of a lifetime rescuing her father and being […]

Audio News for April 22, 2016

New Google Chromecast –  The new Chromecast is much smaller than the old one. It is meant for audio and video streaming and works on both iOS and Android platforms. You only need a speaker with the proper connectivity ports. The Chromecast also needs constant power so keeping it close to a laptop or TV is recommended. Your smartphone and Chromecast have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. You can download the Chromecast app from the Google Play store or Apple store. The app shows several supported applications, including Wynk and Saavn for music streaming. You can also mirror music from an Android phone or tablet.  You launch the app, choose the Devices tab and tap on the Chromecast. It will then prompt you to connect it to your Wi-Fi network and plays a test tone to alert that the device has been successfully connected. A new feature is the Guest mode, which allows friends to stream to your speakers without using your Wi-Fi network. After you get it set up it works fluidly. There is lesser power drain from the smartphone and wider coverage than you get with Bluetooth-enabled speakers. You can also work on other application on […]

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016)

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016)

The first feature-length animated film and perhaps the most important in history. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Blu-ray (1937/2016) Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 131997 (2/2/16) [2 discs] Voice-overs: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille LaVerne Video: 1.33:1 or “Disney View” 16:9, 1080p HD Technicolor Audio: English DTS-HD MA 7.1, DD 2.0 mono, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1 Dubbed: French, Spanish Subtitles: French, Spanish, English Extras: “In Walt’s Words,” “Iconography” – how the film influenced pop culture, art and fashion, “Disney Animation,” “The Fairest Facts of Them All”, Alternate sequence of the prince meeting Snow White, More, Previews Length: 83 min. Rating: ***** This 1937 effort was a great risk for Disney – there had never been a feature-length animated film before and he could have lost the whole studio if it had flopped. But not only didn’t it flop, it has influenced animated films ever since and may be one of the greatest films ever. The extras discussing the animators and their work are really interesting, and you will even learn that the original Snow White was a blond! The long list of names for the seven dwarfs, which Disney didn’t decide on until a few months […]

Audio News for July 10, 2015

Loudness in Movie Theaters; Sony Teams with Foo Fighters to Promote Hi-Res Audio; Retailers Lose 1.4% of Sales to Shrinkage; Pair of Reasonably-Priced Headphone Amps and DACs; Tidal’s Problems