Category: Music

Recommended reading…

October 30, 2010 0

Check back often to catch the ongoing updates on my favorite books… Skill-Building and Performance Outliers – The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell – New York: Little Brown, and Company, 2008 Malcolm Gladwell explodes the myth that excellence is the result of some mysterious, innate talent. By examining research and the lives of a variety…

By Eric Jensen

Musician Profile: Putter and VR Smith

September 21, 2010 4

Thelonious Monk, James Bond, and a life of music… Jazz bassist Putter Smith and his wife, singer VR Smith, have devoted their lives to music and the arts. The music room in their South Pasadena home is filled with instruments, original artwork, and oriental rugs; a welcoming refuge from the hustle and bustle of Los…

By Eric Jensen

Nonesuch knocks it out the park with Brad Mehldau’s ‘Highway Rider’

May 13, 2010 0

Nonesuch Records is doing some very cool stuff with their promotion of the extraordinary Brad Mehldau recording, Highway Rider. The website is engaging and features an innovative scrolling musical score and a fascinating story book (with streaming audio) that takes the listener/viewer through the programmatic trajectory of this unique project. Highway Rider is available on…

By Eric Jensen

Audio quality in the digital age

May 10, 2010 2

10 years ago with the introduction of audio compression technologies such as MP3 & AAC, it became possible to shrink digital audio file sizes and enable distribution across the Internet. While there was a distinct loss in audio quality (file sizes were typically one tenth of the original), the average music fan didn’t seem to…

By Eric Jensen