I’d really appreciate your feedback

This blog is already getting way more attention than I ever expected, in page views, unique visitors, and even followers. I’m getting page views fro countries on pretty much all continents with the probable exception of Antarctica (maybe I should be posting more about penguins…).

Thank you all for this! This is a very gratifying experience.

I’ll certainly continue writing about my favorite music, both old and new, but given the growing size of the audience I got in the short time this blog has been active, I’d really appreciate to hear back from you who are reading this.

Is what I’m writing relevant for you? Are my posts too long, too short, just right? Am I assuming the right level of understanding with my readers? Should I explain more or less?

Are there specific genres, albums, or anything else you’d like to hear about? I’m always open to ideas!

And even stuff like the layout, does it work for you, do you have suggestions for improvements? Colors, different layout, changes in useability, you name it? All your ideas and suggestions are very welcome.

Please post your comments (just click on “leave a reply” above) or if you prefer send me an e-mail at musicophile1 (at) gmail.com

67 thoughts on “I’d really appreciate your feedback”

  1. It is interesting as it is and layout is clean and readable
    Tips for where to find link to available albums would be wellcome
    Relevant is what you feel coming from the works you love if you are able to explain it,then it becomes relevant to others.
    Keep the good job

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    1. Thanks, very much appreciated. I wasn’t sure if I should post links to the albums as some people prefer physical media (and most of my recommendations can be found on the usual sites like Amazon et al.) and others a download. Plus those links require constant maintenance. But I’ll make sure to post a link from now on

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  2. I’ve heard most of Lee Morgan’s catalog. “Search for the New Land” is my favorite.

    I found many classical recordings to add to my collection listening to the various Radio Swiss stations on my Squeezebox Touch (now sold) here in the States. I was lucky to have lived in thew Hudson Valley of NY where we had excellent chamber performances at West Hurley’s The Maverick and orchestral and opera at Bard College Performing Arts Center, and less than two hours to all that NYC has to offer musically. Sigh..I miss it.

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    1. Bob, just listening to “Search For A New Land Now”. iTunes tells me I haven’t listened to it for nearly 2 years. What a shame. Wayne Shorter is exceptional on this album. That reminds me to write a post about Shorter soon.

      Again, thanks for flagging.

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  3. Thank you for your work in this blog
    I am personally very fond of of the label Alia Vox and to Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, think could be interesting your thoughs on their main works , if you find it worthly
    Thank you

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    1. Good point. On early music, it’s very simple, I don’t feel competent enough to comment here, I’m only an occasional listener of anything prior to Bach.

      On the Baroque Instrumental section, the simple issue is that surprisingly I didn’t yet own any of the albums and didn’t yet have the time to check then out properly.

      I checked Qobuz, and they have most of them, with the exception obviously of Hyperion (Rameau Esfahani), as they are not a big fan of streaming as far as I know.

      I’ll report back.

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  4. Hi. You commented on my blog. I’m just wondering how you got so many followers in such a short time. Are you particularly adept at Search Engine Optimization? Or did people just find you?

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  5. Will do. To answer your feedback question, nice job on your blog. I’ll probably never hear everything you’ve recommended but I will certainly make it through the top jazz albums and not a few of the classical ones.

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    1. Glad you like it. By the way, agree on your comments about “The Wall”. Clearly not their best album, and thanks for saving me the trouble of going to see the movie.


      1. Yeah. I didn’t mention this in the review but I walked out halfway through. I didn’t even make it to ‘Comfortably Numb’, which, frankly, my rear end was starting to become about halfway through. 🙂 Waters can be self-indulgent and I thought this was very much that. The thing just had no real momentum, no narrative drive.

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  6. Hi,

    accidentally came across your blog (was researching a headphone purchase and saw your link in a comment…).
    Like it very much! After a few month “swapping audio gear” it brought me back to what this hobby really is all about: The Music!
    Especially like your picks on Jazz-Trios, I am also a big fan of melodies.
    Regarding your comments on duos (most are boring…) – I would disagree.
    There are a few gems out there; have you heard Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron on “Night And The City”? And there are quite some more out there, from others…

    Have Fun!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Martin.

      I understand your comment about gear vs. music. For a while I was all about upgrading my system, but now I’m pretty happy where I stand (especially on the headphone side, with a recent pair of Sennheiser HD800), well, maybe the speakers can be upgraded at some point.

      But until then, more money to be spent on music.

      With regards to duos, my comment was a bit provocative. And if there is a pianist who is great for duos, it is Kenny Barron.

      And sure, I have the album with Charlie Haden (who is greatly missed, and by the way also recorded nice duo albums with Keith Jarrett by the way).

      But still, on average I prefer to have a drummer on board as well.

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  7. Hi ! Nice blog, I enjoy reading it, smart comments & layout. I just got here by coincidence as I was searching Isabelle Faust ´s Brahms recordings, and found your review quite interesting, and went on listening to the record’s streaming… So I kept on reading a few more pages… Funny enough to say we seem to share quite a few Preferences, although I somehow stopped being a great Keith Jarret fan (Brad Mehldau is now my favorite pianist)…

    I love mostly good music, from ethnic or blues to Braoque
    (check out Pieter Wispelwey’s Bach cello suites, 2012 @ Evil Penguin Records + DVD “392”)
    And this extends to Brahms or any good Jazz Composer ( you name any, Ellington , Monk , Coltrane…)

    Funny enough to say I own almost every record of your 25 Essential Jazz (except Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall)…. I’m passionate enough about music to spend my life on it, playing double bass (love jazz 3°, Bill Evans w Scotty!) and also cello (baroque gut strings @415 hz and “modern” tuning w steel strings)… About Brahms, Î suggest you check out the op 78 cello / piano sonata (transcription of the violin sonata) played by my preferred duet : Pieter Wispelwey – Paolo Giacometti – @ 2002 Channel Classics recording , to my ears it also has a wonderful l rendition of the Ceasr Franck sonata.
    And, many thanks to you since I’ m now listening to “Calypso” the last tune on the beautiful KEnny Barron – Dave Holland The Art of Conversation which you made me discover (had heard it on the radio last year but forgot)… Yes I’m also a Kenny Barron fan and of course Dave Holland must ge God (after Clapton) just check out the Pulse of his solo on Calypso! Another, quite similar, nice record (@1996) : Night and the City, on Verve. Enjoy!

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    1. Jean-Nicolas,
      thanks you so much for your great feedback, and it looks indeed like we have very common taste in music.

      I like Wispelwey, but don’t have the Brahms album. Will look into it.

      And sure, Night in the City is a classic!


    1. Dear Someone, indeed, and that is very much on purpose.

      As I write in my “about this blog” page, I work in a completely unrelated industry and for privacy reasons keep my name off this blog, in order not to confuse this side private activity with my main job.

      I don’t think it changes anything with regards to the value of this blog, feel free to disagree.

      I’m a by surprised though that you complain about me remaining anonymous, while you in this commen using offensive language, are doing exactly the same.



  8. How can i subscribe to your blog? Id love to have it delivered by email but i can’t find the link. Thanks for the great content!


    1. Hi Mark! Thanks for your nice feedback. What device are you reading the blog on? On a mobile device, just scroll all the way down. You’ll find a field to enter your email address there. A similar field should be on the right hand side of the blog on a regular computer browser.

      Hope this helps.


  9. I just returned from the February 15 Carnegie Hall Keith Jarrett concert. Wonderful playing, but, I came for a concert, not to hear anyone’s opinion on the 2016 election. Please, Mr Jarrett, JUST PLAY and respect your audience who pay good money for music, not pontification. The election os over. Never again will I pay to be preached to.

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  10. By chance I have recently discovered your blog which is a real gold mine…I am digging the vein day after day ! Thank you. I humbly invite you to listen to Igor Gehenot Trio, another true goldden nugget. Sincerely yours.

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    1. Thanks Alain! I really appreciate your feedback. It makes writing his blog so rewarding. And thanks for pointing me to Igor Gehenot, I wasn’t aware of him yet. Will check him out.


  11. I’ve only just found your blog while looking at something on computeraudiophile.com (CA handle @Charente) .. your post came up and I find this blog really excellent … working my way through some of your critiques & choices … not all my own preferences, but nothing ventured, nothing gained !! Fabulous resource for exploring !! Please keep going !!

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  12. Just wanted to tell you I’ve heard a really great Brahms 4: Jansons with BRSO. I’m a big fan of Kleiber, but this one seems even better. Too many wonderful moments to point out, but I’ve never enjoyed the second movement as much. Heck, I just now made it to the 3rd movement (couldn’t get away from first and second)!
    And – of course – love your site. Always upbeat and fun to read about good music from someone who obviously loves good music.

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  13. The slow introduction to the First Ballad is indicative of the problems of Cho’s artistic stature. What I hear is carefully measured distances in time from one note to the next. No two spaces between tones are exactly alike – astonishing. But the flow of the music is not coherent at all. It is as if Cho has some inner computer available to calculate exact length of tones. I find this deeply disturbing (and distracting), musically. Never once do I find true poetry – or simply, ‘musical common sense’, whatever that means. I fear this is a new trend in modern piano playing, and I sometimes wonder what became of music as an art form and the piano as a musical instrument rather than a machine…

    What really bugs me is how this playing convinces international competition jurors…

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  14. What a nice and interesting blog ! As a musicophile myself, I deeply appreciate it, though I generally appreciate older records than those presented in your reviews. Having a rather large collection of CDs -about 4500, 75% classical music, 25% blues and pop-rock-, I only have a few relieved here, but I share your view on Perahia’s Hammerklavier : a great record, even if I prefer Gilels’s fantastic one.
    Thanks a lot, again, for your blog !

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of older recordings as well, and occasionally I throw in a review or two of the older classics (try my Hard bop series, or a review of Gilels‘ Brahms). However I’m most interested in music that is happening now. There has already been so much writing about Arrau, Gilels, Karajan or Kleiber that I only bring them up occasionally.

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  15. Hi in about 1983 the ABC radio in Sydney Australia played a recording of Keith Jarrett, titled either “Live at Lausanne” or “Live at Montreau” (Jazz Festival). It was broadcast late on a Saturday or Sunday night. I thought it was a double albumn. I had a tape of the radio broadcast. It was the most wondeful collection of his work. Mesmerising…. I have lost that tape and have been searching for another copy of that specific live concert or broadcast since… Do u know of this recording and how I could get another copy. Bx

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    1. Hi Rebecca,

      I’m not aware of Jarrett playing in Montreux solo but his Lausanne concert is fantastic. It’s been recorded quite close to the world famous Köln Concert and deserves equal attention.


      Check the above out in your favorite streaming service. I hope it is what you were looking for.

      The only Montreux album of Jarrett I know is a much later trip setting “My Foolish Heart”.

      Please keep me posted.

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  16. What’s your audio system? HD800 is good headphone, but I recommend MRspekers EITHER FLOW. It has neutral&crisp sound because of plannar magnetic unit.

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  17. This is a very good blog, I mean, I very much like your reviews and your recommendations of jazz and classical music. Thank you!

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  18. Love it so far! Keith Jarrett fan, so that’s why I’m here, but I look forward to reading more about your other recommendations. I would love to read your take on the Vienna Concert, which is my personal favorite. Thanks very much for providing your views on this beautiful world.

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  19. I found your website looking for Jazz interpretations of classical works. I’d heard various Satie and Chopin recordings. I came searching for Mozdzer’s works as he has been active in both genres. Through your website I found: Alboran Trio, RGG, GoGo Penguin and others. This lead to Ferenc Snetberger, Helge Lien and Andrzej Jagodzinski. Looking for more technically-minded Jazz works. Thank you. Always looking for something new, to me.

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    1. Hi Curtis, thanks for your feedback. I must admit that Ferenc Snetberger and Ardzej Jagodzinski aren’t even on my radar screen yet. Will check them out. I’m just curious, what do you mean by “technically minded” Jazz?


      1. Instead of “Technically-minded”, I probably should have said “Technically-skilled”, or some such thing. I currently have a preference for the precise nature and skills associated with “Classically Trained” jazz musicians. BTW, Ferenc Snetberger is a guitarist with, I believe, a beautiful sound.

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  20. I really love what you’re doing here – your blog has become my favorite go-to resource for new recordings.

    I was wondering if there were any music/pieces/composers you find yourself coming back to over the Winter months (i.e. non Christmas music)? If so, I hope you might share them!

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      1. I do not run this website. I merely commented about something. Please email/comment through the website.

        CH Sent from my iPhone


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  21. Wow! I’m amazed to learn there’s a music lover out there who’s been ignoring Mozrt’s late quartets for so long. For me this is the pinnacle of all music. I must admit being fazed by your not knowing much about Charpentier too. But then I have to a admit I don’t know a lot about 19th century music and virtually nothing about anything later. I’m not too keen on the former and can’t stand the latter.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m with you on 20th century classical music, I often struggle as well. But there is so much to discover in the 19th century. If you love Mozart’s late quartets you really need to check out Schubert’s late quartets as well. I have several recommendations on the site. You won’t regret it.


    1. Hi John, thanks for your feedback, and I appreciate your point of view. The reason why I don’t give my real name here is that I have a full time day job in a to tally untreated industry, and I like to keep my professional live, and my private activities (and this is just a hobby and passion for me) separate.

      Now whether that means you (or anyone for that matter) take my opinion seriously is totally up to you. I don’t pretend to be a professional reviewer, and I don’t say anyone should follow my opinion. I’m just sharing my passion for music here.


  22. I just wanted to say “thank you” for maintaining this blog. As I, unfortunately, have few close friends who share my musical tastes, this site has been such a wonderful source of discovering new music and performances. Much appreciated!

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