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Quartet San Francisco / QSF Plays Brubeck / ViolinJazz Recordings

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Album Title: QSF Plays Brubeck
Artist: Quartet San Francisco
Label: ViolinJazz Recordings
Provenance: QSF Plays Brubeck was originally recorded to 8832 PCM   In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Time Out, QSF pays tribute to the mastery of Brubeck with the first-ever all Brubeck string quartet CD!Among the most intriguing tracks are the tense, train-like interpretation of The Golden Horn (premiered by Brubeck on Jazz Impressions of Eurasia) and the mournful Bluette. The band masters the challenging Blue Rondo a la Turk and a wonderful, offbeat arrangement of Paul Desmond's Take Five that suggests a country hoedown at times.   GRAMMY Awards (2009) for QSF Plays Brubeck: Nomination, Best Classical Crossover Album Nomination, Best Engineered Album, Classical

Anne Sibley Pete Sibley / Special Event 40 / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/anne-sibley-pete-sibley/special-event-40   Album Title: Special Event 40 Artist: Anne Sibley Pete Sibley Label: Blue Coast Records Provenance: Recorded to DSD256 and Mixed through analog console to DSD256.   Anne and Pete's debut on Blue Coast Record's Happy Valley Volume 1 was so powerful we had to invite them back for more. Fans of acoustic-pop and Americana will love this album, it's laced with lyrical guitars, banjo melodies and goose-bump raising harmonies reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. Special Event 40 was recorded live, direct to DSD256, without overdubs at Blue Coast Studios.

William Gibson "Winter Market"

If you don't know William Gibson, you should.  Neuromancer?  Anyone? William Gibson's fiction often is set in the near future.  Unfortunately, some of his plot elements, in some form, come to pass. There is a collection of his early short stories entitled "During Chrome" highly recommended. One of the short stories is titled "Winter Market".   Without a spoiler, the story involves the future of entertainment AR, VR and more. Winter Market also has a short riff on the protagonist's father who produced vinyl.  Cool. 




San Francisco Symphony / Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music / SFS Media

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/absolute-jest-grand-pianola-music   Album Title: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music Artist: San Francisco Symphony Label: SFS Media Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM and 192kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.   Absolute Jest is a colossal twenty-five-minute scherzo in which I take fragments of Beethoven’s music and subject them to my own peculiar developmental techniques, some of which I’ve derived over years of using “radicalizing” musical software. The Beethoven ideas, mostly from the quartets Opus 131, 135, and the Grosse Fugue, are compact and succinct, lending themselves naturally to fantasy and invention. A swinging 6/8 figure reminiscent of the Seventh Symphony launches the piece, but this is interlaced with some famous “tattoos” including the Ninth Symphony scherzo. Another passage combines two fugue themes (from the Grosse Fuge and from Opus 131) in counterpoint with the orchestra. A final passage features the solo quartet furiously riffing over the opening chord progression of the Waldstein Sonata.
—John Adams, excerpt from liner notes

The Valence Project / Heart Drum / Valence Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/the-valence-project/heart-drum   Album Title: Heart Drum
Artist: The Valence Project
Label: Valence Records
Provenance: Recorded to 2" analog tape and mixed through analog console to DSD128. NOTE: Contains PCM source material.   If you love Daft Punk and want something unique and melodic but still close to pop music then try The Valence Project 2 – Heart Drum. Melissa’s voice will stun you. This collaborative album is the brainchild of Gregory James, seasoned guitarist and founder of Valence Records. Also on the album are Brain (the infamous drummer known from Guns N' Roses/Primus/Tom Waits); Kai Eckhardt electric bassist (John McLaughlin to Al Di Meola and beginning a world tour with his own band); Melissa Reese (incredible vocalist and lyricist known for her commercial compositions/keyboard performances with the BC AllStars); Emily Palen (multi-talented rock violinist (performed with Dave Grohl) with solo violin recordings available on Downloads NOW!); and BluCube creating astonishing effects using live sample and loop techniques.

Aaron Diehl / The Bespoke Man's Narrative / Mack Avenue

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/various-artists/producers-choice   Album Title: The Bespoke Man's Narrative Artist:  Aaron Diehl Label:  Mack Avenue Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.   The idea for the metaphor was that the composition and concept were specifically for these musicians,” Diehl says, referring to his working quartet of 30-ish all-stars—vibraphonist (and Mack Avenue artist) Warren Wolf, bassist David Wong and drummer Rodney Green—that interprets the five originals and five arrangements comprising the program. “There’s a sequence, an arc, a beginning, middle and end. Each piece has something to do with my musical development.”-from Mack Avenue's page on The Bespoke Man's Narrative

San Francisco Symphony / Ives Concord Symphony | Copland Organ Symphony / SFS Media

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/ives-concord-symphony-copland-organ-symphony
Album Title: Ives Concord Symphony | Copland Organ
Artist: San Francisco Symphony
Label: SFS Media
Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.
The Concord Sonata by Charles Ives (1874-1954), a towering classic of piano literature, emerged into being over many decades. Its first sketches date to 1904 and its final revision to 1947, but mostly Ives concentrated on it from 1916 to 1919. When he first committed it to publication, in 1920, he described it as “an attempt to present [an] impression of the spirit of transcendentalism that is associated in the minds of many with Concord, Massachusetts, of over a half century ago.” He continued, “This is undertaken in impressionistic pictures of Emerson and Thoreau, a sketch of the Alcotts, and a scherzo supposed to reflect a lighter quality which is often found in the fantastic side of Hawthorne.”

Dayan Kai / Resonate / Waimele

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/dayan-kai/resonate   Album Title: Resonate  Artist: Dayan Kai Label: Waimele Provenance: Recorded to 2" analog tape and mixed through analog console to DSD64   Dayan Kai is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer with a lifelong dedication to music. Equally versed in jazz, world, Americana, and rock traditions. Devoted husband and father of three. He is currently busy as the full-time Music Director for “Burn’n Love,” the Elvis Presley tribute at The Maui Theater in Lahaina, Hawaii. TripAdvisor.com calls it “The best show on Maui”.

Lawrence Blatt Fiona Joy / Special Event 41 / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/lawrence-blatt-fiona-joy/special-event-41   Album Title: Special Event 41  Artist: Lawrence Blatt Fiona Joy  Label: Blue Coast Provenance: Recorded in DSD256 and mixed through analog console to DSD256.   Fiona's emotive piano style and the masterful acoustic guitar playing of Lawrence creates unique texture of timbres on songs like "Feeling Sunshine" and "And The Sky Was". Lawrence's sultry guitar performance on "Bern" is complimented by Fiona's effervescent vocals, and Lawrence's ukulele puts a new twist on Fiona's "Feeling Sunshine".

Paul Horn / Profile of a Jazz Musician / Paul Horn

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/paul-horn/profile-of-a-jazz-musician   Album Title: Profile of a Jazz Musician Artist:  Paul Horn Label:  Paul Horn Provenance: Digitized from 1/4" analog tape masters direct to DSD128. No additional effects or reverb were added to the sound of this recording.   Paul Horn began playing the piano at the age of four, the clarinet at ten, and the saxophone at twelve. He studied the clarinet and flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and earned a bachelor's degree. He received his master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. After moving to Los Angeles, he played with Chico Hamilton's quintet from 1956 to 1958 and became an established West Coast session player. He played on the Duke Ellington Orchestra's Suite Thursday and worked with Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and others. He scored the 1959 animated television series Clutch Cargo. In 1960 Horn recorded for Fantasy Records with Latin Jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader for the album Latino! Horn's Quintet produced jazz albums for Columbia and RCA Victor up until 1966. During this period, he was the subject of a David Wolper television documentary, Portrait of a Jazz Musician. Horn became a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. He attended training at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram along with The Beatles on their 1968 trip to India. Following his experiences in India, Horn's recordings moved from jazz to world and new-age music.

Various Artists / Producer's Choice / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/various-artists/producers-choice   Album Title: Producer's Choice Artist:  Various Artists Label:  Blue Coast Records Provenance: All songs recorded to analog 2" tape except: Loving You Always, Bid You Goodnight and Three Crow Town recorded using the Sonoma System DSD 64. Mixed to 1/2" tape: Aurora Borealis. Mixed to DSD128: Rite of Scorpio and So Many Stars. All other songs mixed to DSD64. Mastered through analog console to DSD or in the Sonoma System without going to DXD/PCM state.   Producer's Choice Gold disc was made to be a collector’s item. The music includes 12 favorite songs of the producer, Cookie Marenco, recorded and produced by her over the last decade for indie labels or Blue Coast Records. These incredible songs have always deserved more attention.   These songs were mixed to Direct Stream Digital One Bit Recording using the Sonoma Systems. Until 2014, this set of music was only available as Master Quality Disc (MQD) 24k Gold Redbook CD. Some of the music required remixing from the original 2" masters to meet Blue Coast Records standards of mixing to analog tape or DSD. All of the songs have been remastered to work best as a complete collection in this set of music.   This 24K Gold Disc is hand-labeled and individually made. Each one is the quality of a master that we would send out for replication. MQDs are manufactured at our Blue Coast Studios using our own MQD 24k Gold CDs. These red book CDs are burned from our servers one by one at optimal speeds, signed, tested and numbered.   These hand labeled discs are signed by Cookie Marenco, using a special pen so as not to damage the disc. While there are no album graphics, we've included the Table of Contents that we would normally send to the plant. This is truly a master!   https://bluecoastmusic.com/various-artists/producers-choice

Jaeger & Reid / From Way Up Here / Jaeger & Reid

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/jaeger-reid/from-way-up-here   Album Title:  From Way Up Here  Artist:  Jaeger & Reid Provenance: Recorded in DSD256 and analog 2" tape. Mixed through analog console to DSD256.   Debut album for this duo offering intelligent songs with luscious harmonies, rich acoustic accompaniment and engaging vocals presented in a contemporary folk style.   The Audio Beatnik says of this album -- "The debut album for Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid, From Way Up Here, is a lot of things, but most notably, it’s an album from two very accomplished musicians wonderfully recorded, mixed and mastered by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Music (formerly OTR Studios). If you haven’t heard of Jaeger & Reid, hopefully, you will get to know them, or at least know their music. They were children of the 60s who grew up in musical families, Jaeger in Canada and Reid in the San Francisco Bay area. In fact, you could say that music is the family business for both of them. Jaeger’s mother played and sang folk music, and her brother played guitar and taught her to play. She remembers listening to Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand and Gordon Lightfoot in particular. 'I’ve always been influenced by the power that music can have on you, letting you express deep emotions,' Jaeger says."   https://bluecoastmusic.com/jaeger-reid/from-way-up-here

Joey DeFrancesco / Project Freedom / Mack Avenue

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/joey-defrancesco/project-freedom   Album Title:  Project Freedom  Artist:  Joey DeFrancesco
Label:  Mack Avenue Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.   Joey DeFrancesco is sought after for his unique sense of swing. Joey DeFrancesco and balladry as a composer is rich with bluesy, sensibility. DeFrancesco's also shines on his secondary instrument, taking inspiration from Miles Davis, with whom he shared the stage with. Joey DeFranesco's album Project Freedom was Grammy nominated in 2014 for Best Jazz Album.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/joey-defrancesco/project-freedom

Cava Menzies Nick Phillips / Moment To Moment / Nick Phillips Label

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/cava-menzies-nick-phillips/moment-to-moment   Album Title: Moment To Moment Artist:  Cava Menzies Nick Phillips Label:  Nick Phillips Label
Provenance: Recorded and Mixed to 192kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM.   If you're a fan of Kind of Blue, you'll love this album. It's a slow paced album of ballads great for when you want to relax. Nick Phillips soulful trumpet and Cava's "Bill Evans-like" touch will draw you in from the first notes. The reviews have been fantastic. Many artists have produced albums filled with love songs and torch tunes at slow tempos; they’re designed to pull at the heartstrings, or turn up the nostalgia, or to highlight the introspective phrase making that ballads allow. Very few artists are capable of doing what this album accomplishes.    https://bluecoastmusic.com/cava-menzies-nick-phillips/moment-to-moment

Tony Furtado / Special Event 30 / Blue Coast Records

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/tony-furtado/special-event-30   Album Title:  Special Event 30 Artist:  Tony Furtado Label:  Blue Coast Records
Provenance: Recorded to DSD64 and mixed through analog console to DSD128   Tony Furtado, master on slide guitar and banjo, makes his Blue Coast Records vocal debut. Tony Furtado starts with an amazing cover of Tom Petty's  Runnin' Down A Dream. These songs were all recorded live by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios using the E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment) technique. The recording environment was set up to cater to the performer. No headphones were used in recording and no overdubs were made. Everything was recorded with Neumann mics, Millennia preamps and our own Silver Cable recording direct to DSD.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/tony-furtado/special-event-30

John Moriarty / The Duo / John Moriarty Productions

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/john-moriarty/the-duo   Album Title:  The Duo
Artist: John Moriarty Label: John Moriarty Productions
Provenance: Recorded to 2" analog tape and mixed through analog console to DSD64   The Duo is an album of nostalgic moments from past favorites. Performed by John Mortiarty with assistance from Mark Williams, the duo does a masterful job intertwining the piano and the bass. The songs cover a vast array of genres and styles, modernizing classics and expanding on great ideas.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/john-moriarty/the-duo

Coco Scott / Smolder / Coco Scott

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/coco-scott/smolder   Album Title:  Smolder
Artist:  Coco Scott
Provenance: Recorded to 2" analog tape and DSD256 and mixed through analog console to DSD256.   Coco Scott's melodic vocal floats on top of a mix of spellbinding piano ballads and synth based harmonies on her electrifying album Smolder.   https://bluecoastmusic.com/coco-scott/smolder

Debussy: Images, Jeux & La plus que lente / San Francisco Symphony / SFS Media

Links to listen and purchase: https://bluecoastmusic.com/san-francisco-symphony/debussy-images-jeux-la-plus-que-lente   Album Title:  Debussy: Images, Jeux & La plus que lente
Artist:  San Francisco Symphony
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas Label:  SFS Media
Provenance: Images and La plus que lente were recorded to 19224 WAV, Jeux was recorded to 9624 WAV. Both were mixed to 192kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM