Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2016
I had so much fun doing an entry in Audiostream's Lovely Recordings I thought it was time to do another. Thankfully, Michael agreed. Hence the second installment.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2015
Avishai Cohen: Continuo (Sunnyside Records, 2006)

This album marked my introduction to jazz. Sure I had heard jazz albums before, but I never connected with them. Of all things, I learned of this album through a reviewer from Israel who was auditioning a system at CES with a track which completely captivated me. It turned out I was listening to Avishai Cohen’s album, Continuo. The track was "Nu Nu".

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2015
Here goes: an eclectic mix of music to suit whatever mood I’m in. All of these albums are favorites that have been played to death and I still have yet to tire of them. Music is an important part of my life, always listening to something, whether it’s portable, in the car or the big rig in the dedicated listening room.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 28, 2015
Some cats believe records are worth dying for.....

But—

Michael seems to believe in stories.... So here is a true story from Denmark....

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 04, 2016
Even though I’m in the music business, I make sure to have a plectrum in my suit pocket if I wear a suit so I don’t forget why I do what I do. Everything we do at TIDAL is for the music, even if we are buried deep in coding, tweaking codecs, creating marketing campaigns, integrating streaming in obscure high-end audio brands or putting on a live streamed top tier concert. The music comes first.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 25, 2016
My musical sense runs the gamut; from pop/rock through classical and jazz and on into world music, and then some. I have plenty of “chestnuts” and popular things in my collection of CD's, vinyl and now bits, and I enjoy it all. But perhaps I get the most satisfaction and meaning out of discovering and devouring lovely hidden gems. So some of these you may know and others hopefully you can discover, and maybe pass along a few yourself for the rest of us too. OK, here goes...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 21, 2016
My taste in music is fairly omnivorous. If there’s a thread running through these selections it’s the sense of place and emotional content conveyed by the performances. By place I don’t mean the acoustics of the recording space or the soundstage. It’s more a sense of the locative and/or temporal space in which the music was performed and the ethos it reflects. Emotional or spiritual content is just that, although what’s inspiring in a spiritual sense to one listener might leave another cold. Compassion is one dimension of this larger quality; I hear it, for example, in the lullaby sung by Carmen McRae. Listening to these albums, however, will be a lot more enlightening than what I have to say about them, so plunge right in.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 20, 2017
We all know what Zen is - but what are lovely records?

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