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David Hazeltine: The Inspiration Suite

Like all companies, record labels have cultures. David Hazeltine’s last album, The Jobim Songbook in New York, reflects the culture of the Chesky label. It is elegant, polite and rather pale. The Inspiration Suite is on Marc Edelman’s Sharp Nine label, and it is blood and guts and Technicolor.

Engineers and studios have cultures, too. One reason The Inspiration Suite sounds so incisive, so alive, is that it was made at Systems Two in Brooklyn. When Mike Marciano records a band, he makes you feel their body heat.

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