Camille Thurman: Inside the Moment (Chesky, 2017)
A couple of years ago, in response to the growing popularity of headphones, Chesky Records switched to binaural recording: two microphones placed inside the simulated rubber ears of a dummy head. Binaural recordings heard through headphones produce an uncanny sense of being in the actual place where they were recorded. Both of saxophonist/vocalist Thurman’s Chesky albums were recorded binaurally; the difference is that Inside the Moment was recorded with an audience in the intimate, club-like space of Manhattan’s Rockwood Music Hall, while Waiting for the Sunrise was recorded in the empty, reverberant chasm of Brooklyn’s Hirsch Center. I somewhat prefer the former, but either will tell you most of what you need to know when evaluating the sense of space that a set of headphones produces.