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How Rahsaan Roland Kirk Modified Jazz

An examination of the saxophonist's use of the stritch and manzello, and a look at new instruments and gear on the market

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The MXL Revelation IIVery Revealing

Featuring a dual gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm and a continuously variable knob to move between cardioid, figure-8, and omni polar patterns, the MXL Revelation II is a modern large-diaphragm EF86 pentode tube microphone with a wallet-friendly price. MXL says the Revelation II boasts 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, 136dB max sound pressure limit, and a 76dB signal-to-noise ratio—impressive numbers for a tube mic, let alone one in the sub-$500 category.

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Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.