JazzTimes 10: Great Jazz Albums to Test Your Stereo With

A collection of sides that will reveal your system’s strengths—and weaknesses

I only have Eyes for You by Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy
I only have Eyes for You by Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy

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.

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Brent Butterworth

Brent Butterworth has been a professional audio journalist since 1989, and has evaluated and measured thousands of audio products. He is currently a writer at Wirecutter and editor of the SoundStage Solo headphone site; served as an editor at such magazines as Sound & Vision and Home Theater; and worked as marketing director for Dolby Laboratories. He also plays double bass with several jazz groups in Los Angeles.