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Soundkeeper Recordings - Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn

Hi everyone,

Like many folks here, I enjoy all sorts of music. A little over a year ago, a friend asked me if I

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Hi all,

For those who would like to attend, here are the details for the

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Not bad at all

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Barry,

Great sound. Looks like a recording engineer's delight.

My DAC is only 2496, but it still sounded great to me.

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Hi Jim,

Thank you for your much appreciated feedback.

There will be three 24/96 versions of "Equinox":
1. a "video" DVD (with no video except for a basic menu of song titles) that has 24/96 PCM stereo audio, playable in most ordinary DVD video players
2. a 24/96 files-on-disc DVD-R with .aif files, for use with music servers
3. a 24/96 files-on-disc DVD-R with .wav files, for use with music servers

The files-on-disc versions will include the same artwork as the regular CD (and all the other versions) and will also have a .jpg of the cover art and a .pdf of the booklet.

Best regards,
Barry
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Re: Soundkeeper Recordings - Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brookly

Just a reminder:

The new Soundkeeper Recordings release, "Equinox" by Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn is one week away, on Friday, September 3.

That night, the release party at Iridium in NYC.
If you can, please join us to celebrate!

Best regards,
Barry
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It's here!

Hello friends,

I'm very happy to announce today is the release date for the new Soundkeeper Recordings release, "Equinox" by Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn.

It is available on CD as well as six custom burned formats, all the way up to 24/192 high resolution files-on-disc.
www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/equinox.htm

Our previous release, "Lift" by Work of Art, is now also available in 24/96 files-on-disc format.
www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/lift.htm

Enjoy!

Best regards,
Barry
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"Equinox" release party was a blast!

The "Equinox" release party was a blast.
Great crowd and the band was hot!

They autographed CDs and played 'til the wee hours.

Photos of the band and guest artists:
http://www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/equinoxiridium.htm

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Barry
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The "Equinox" release party was a blast.
Great crowd and the band was hot!

They autographed CDs and played 'til the wee hours.

Photos of the band and guest artists:
http://www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/equinoxiridium.htm

Glad it went well, Barry. Kicking myself for not being able to be there.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

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Thank you John.

You might have a second chance. See my post below.

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"Equinox" Release Party, Part 2!

Hello friends,

The

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Just a reminder.
Release party, part 2 is this Saturday, September 18.

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Another great show at last night

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A recent comment from Dr. Nick Catalano in his

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Hello friends,

I hope everyone is staying cozy as the chilly Autumn evenings are upon us.

There is a new review of "Equinox" on KariJazz.com.
Writer Alphonse Piard says:

"...a milestone in the Krey

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New reviews and interview

As 2010 comes to a close, I want to wish all our friends and supporters the happiest of new years.

This has been a great year for Soundkeeper, with the release of our long awaited second project, Markus Schwartz and Lakou Brooklyn's Equinox. The album is being well received and I'm very glad more folks are becoming aware of the extraordinary musicianship of Markus Schwartz, his superb ensemble and their music.

New "Equinox" reviews

There has been a flurry of new reviews of Equinox from music, cultural as well as audio sources.

Here are some of the things folks are saying about this Markus Schwartz, Lakou Brooklyn and the album:

"...The musical traditions of Africa also permeate the rich, sinuous music of Haiti, and to explore this terrain we have a wonderful musical guide in percussionist extraordinaire, Markus Schwartz, and the trio "Lakou Brooklyn", on their recent release entitled "Equinox" [Soundkeeper Recordings]. It is always fun to keep an ear out for Soundkeeper Recordings’ Barry Diament, whose recording techniques always create a sound that is vibrant and fresh; natural in image dimensionality and rich in ambient details..."
Read the review on Stereo Times at http://www.stereotimes.com/MR121110.shtml

"...For me, not only does this method of recording result in a very accurate portrayal of the music and instruments, but it gives the music a sort of intimacy that I hardly ever notice with more processed recordings..."
"...Great recording, excellent performance, and fascinating music. Highly recommended..."
"...Another excellent recording from the hands and the mics of Mr. Barry Diament!..."
Read the review on TNT-Audio at
http://www.tnt-audio.com/topics/equinox_e.html

"...It is one of the two best artistic works of the year in the Haitian community in New York..."
"...He [Markus] is conscious of the fundamental role of the drum in a musical piece and especially in the ancestral musical legacy that he is transmitting. And he does not hesitate to break with the traditional linear rhythm in order to enrich its fabric..."
"...Markus Schwartz & Lakou Brooklyn's CD is an absolute must have."
Read the review from Haiti Liberte at
http://www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/review002hl.htm

SR Interview: Markus Schwartz

A few weeks back, I had a great conversation with Markus to share with our readers. Some of the questions I asked him were submitted by our friends and customers in response to an earlier Soundkeeper Recordings email update.

If you haven't seen it yet, you can read the interview at
http://www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/interviewms.htm

Until next time,
Happy New Year!!
and Happy Listening!

Barry
www.soundkeeperrecordings.com
www.barrydiamentaudio.com

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2010 Wrap Up: More accolades for "Equinox"

Hello friends,
 
Markus Schwartz and Lakou Brooklyn's Equinox is wrapping up 2010 with some more great reviews.
 
Here are some quotes and links:
 
Albanyjazz.com polled its contributors on their Top 5 Jazz Albums of 2010.
One of Rudy Lu’s choices was Equinox.
http://albanyjazz.com/topfive/2010-topfive-staff.html

 
"...The four musicians are very clearly placed on the audio soundstage, with plenty of "air" around them.  This disc should be a fine demo of your audio system’s abilities, from the deep bass frequencies of some of the drums to the extended high end of the trumpet and some other percussion..."
Read the review on Audiophile Audition at:
http://www.audaud.com/article.php?ArticleID=8268

 
"...The bourgeoning Haitian-Vodou Jazz movement is well served by releases like Equinox that have a disctinct identity and a cosmopolitan edge.  The album is deeply rooted in Haiti’s native music and brings the genre’s standards to a new generation of listeners..."
"...No overdubbing and no multi-tracking were used for this album and a listener is made to feel a art of the entire experience.  Well done Markus!..."
Read the review from the Boston Haitian Reporter at:
http://www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/review002bhr.pdf
 
See you in the New Year, with some more news from Soundkeeper.
 
Until next time,
Happy New Year!!
and Happy Listening!
 
Barry
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Time to see Matt Oree LIVE . www.mattoree.com

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Hello friend, At Soundkeeper

Hello friends,

At Soundkeeper Recordings, 2011 is off to a great start.

Recording of the Month and reference disc...
It doesn't get any better than this!

"Equinox" as Reference

In the January 2011 issue of Stereophile, editor John Atkinson and reviewer Michael Fremer both used Equinox to evaluate equipment they were reviewing.

In his review of the dCS Debussy DAC (digital to analog converter), Michael said:
"...The hi-rez files of this tuneful, percussive music produced an enormous, airy space in which the instruments were clearly located and layered..."
"...In short, whatever preconceptions digiphobes might have about digital sound would be quickly erased by listening to these superb-sounding high-res files..."

And in the February issue of Stereophile, Equinox was selected as...

Recording of the Month

What a thrill it is to tell you this.
The Recording of the Month in the February Stereophile is none other than Equinox!

In his review, Robert Baird said:
"...Intent on finding that magic equilibrium between sound and content, Diament, a former Atlantic Records engineer, has hit a new high point for Soundkeeper with his immediate-sounding and musically compelling disc of explorations by drummer Markus Schwartz and his Lakou Brooklyn project..."
"...While the technical info is impressive, and the peerless sound is gloriously unaffected and real, the compelling and exotic blend of music on Equinox is equal to the technology–a balance of art and craft that all recordings, audiophile or not, should aspire to."

Thank you John, Michael, Robert and Stereophile!

Until next time,
Happy Listening!

Barry
www.soundkeeperrecordings.com

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