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Curtis Stigers, vocals – One More For The Road – with The Danish Radio Big Band – Concord Jazz

Curtis Stigers, vocals – One More For The Road – with The Danish Radio Big Band – Concord Jazz

Curtis Stigers – One More For The Road – with The Danish Radio Big Band – Concord Jazz CJA00011, 33:28 ***: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. (Curtis Stigers – vocals; The Danish Radio Big Band) Charles Caleb Colton, an English cleric of the 19th Century, offered the following quotation: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Curtis Stigers provides his own interpretation of this quote with his release One More For The Road, in which he covers ten songs that are inextricably associated with the late, great, Frank Sinatra. Accompanied by the super-charged Danish Radio Big Band using transcribed arrangements from the original sources such as Billy May, Nelson Riddle, and Quincy Jones, Stigers works the numbers to his best advantage. However in doing so, one is always faced with fact that the master is still the master, and comparisons end up to be a mugs game. With that caveat in mind, Stigers has a voice that is in the same range as Sinatra’s but without the swagger.  However he tackles each number with gusto, and since most of the tunes are up-tempo affairs, he appears to be fully at home with the material. Anyone familiar with the […]

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 Bluetooth Headphones $100 [$90 at Amazon] If you want to plunge into the tech-savvy world of Bluetooth headphones, the BackBeat GO 3 is a good place to start.  Specs:  Listening time: Up to 6.5 hours. This is about average, but can be improved (see below). Standby time: Up to 14 days. Audio: HQ custom SBC codec, 6 mm custom dynamic drivers, frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz, 20 db passive noise reduction, total harmonic distortion: <3%, sensitivity 102 dBspl/mW @ 1 kHz. Noise reduction for calls: MEMS microphone with digital signal processing (DSP) and full duplex echo noise reduction. Charge connector: micro USB. Charge time (maximum): 2.5 hours (power requirements 5V DC – 180 mA). Battery type: Rechargeable, non-replaceable lithium-ion polymer. Bluetooth v3.0: A2DP 1.2, AVRCP v1.5, wideband audio HFP v1.7, HSP v1.1. (Odd they still use v3.0, when v4.2 is available with its improved range and other benefits.) Headset battery meter onscreen for iOS devices. Weight: 19 g/0.67 oz. Operating + storage temp: 14°F to 122°F/-10°C to +50°C. Operating distance (range): Up to 33 ft/10 m from phone or tablet. Bluetooth’s been around for almost twenty years, but didn’t make much of a splash in the headphones […]