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Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett in Tokyo, October 30, 2002

I got a call today from a musician friend who recently purchased a new stereo amplifier upon my recommendation. Previously he had been incredulous when I spoke about the differences high-performance audio equipment can make when listening to jazz. “Mike, damn it!” he exclaimed over his crackling Blackberry, “you were right. This new amp really sounds great. I can hear every strand of wire on every brush stroke. I can hear glasses clanking behind Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard. It is sometimes almost too good.”

This happens all the time. But knowing more than a few known and unknown players, it never ceases to amaze me that, for folks who devote their lives and livelihoods to music, so many are completely nonchalant about the audio equipment they employ to conduct so much “professional research”-not to mention for outright pleasure.

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