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Jerome Sabbagh & Greg Tuohey’s No Filter | The Vinyl Anachronist

by Marc Phillips in Music

Jerome Sabbagh & Greg Tuohey’s new album, No Filter, possesses one heck of an audiophile pedigree. It was recorded live to 1/2″ two-track analog tape at 30 ips, it was mastered by Bernie Grundman at his Hollywood studio, and the “master lacquer was cut directly from the analog tape using an all-tube system.” If that’s not impressive enough, how about this: “There are no edits or overdubs on this recording.” Tenor saxophone player Jerome Sabbagh [...]

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  • Monthly Spins: April 2019

    April 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

    Finally winter leaves us. I did enjoy one epic day of shoveling and I stayed up late one night to watch when a storm began coming down. I like the way snow obliterates and alters the landscape, a little different each time. Now it’s peepers and blooming [...]
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    March 26, 2019 // 2 Comments

    Sotto Voce takes me back thirty years, even longer, to a time where a rock band could create a unique identity for themselves with just bass, drums and a couple of guitars–not to mention an intriguing singer. Sotto Voce’s Safety stands apart from so much of today’s indie rock scene simply because the music itself doesn’t prompt me to make comparisons to a host of other bands, both old and new. The thirteen tracks here occupy a space defined by multiple layers of [...]
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  • Monthly Spins: March 2019

    March 23, 2019 // 1 Comment

    The in-between month with a steady bunch of tasty releases. I’m hearing all these Trout Mask Replica influences and this is a welcome development. Perhaps we’ll agree, or maybe you’ll find no sense to any of these offerings. Music transcends any sort of detachment from reality. Some of these albums take a bit of time to suss out and blossom. Orgue Agnès: A Une Gorge File Under: swiss savants create swinging grooves I have know way of knowing if they are actually singing in any known [...]
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  • Wadada Leo Smith, Rosa Parks: Pure Love

    March 9, 2019 // 1 Comment

    Wadada Leo Smith’s new composition, Rosa Parks: Pure Love, was inspired by the civil rights movement and performed for the first time in September 2016 at the New School in NYC as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Smith describes these seven oratorios as a pure and emotional tribute to Parks, and how she was a “person of exceptional courage and wisdom, who made the right move of resistance at the right time.” There’s no doubt that Parks’ actions were [...]
  • Pikefruit, Sprig | The Vinyl Anachronist

    March 8, 2019 // 2 Comments

    Welcome! You’ve made the transition from The Vinyl Anachronist blog, which I’ve been writing since 2010, to the new Vinyl Anachronist section of the Part-Time Audiophile website. I’ve been contemplating my first music review in this format, and I’ve decided on this, Pikefruit’s Sprig, because I listened to this EP yesterday for the first time on a newly-assembled review system featuring the EgglestonWorks Emma EVO loudspeakers and a Luxman LX-380 integrated [...]
  • Monthly Spins: February 2019

    February 24, 2019 // 1 Comment

    Lots of late December and January stuff and some from Feb. The reissues are especially noteworthy this month. I hope you discover something that moves you. Please leave comments if you like [...]
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    January 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

    Another year dissolves and we find ourselves delving deep into late November and December releases, as well as a few I just discovered. New Year’s resolutions include possibly finishing the book I’m writing, and joining a gym and cutting out the sweets. What always astounds me at the beginning of the year is knowing that I will no doubt discover 20 or 30 albums that will move, inspire and shape my year to come, because generally I can put something on that I wore out ten years ago and [...]
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