I listen to a lot of jazz, mostly early jazz from the 60′s and late 50′s. These are classic recordings that move me because the artists have managed to share their art with us on precious recordings.
Today too many people use iPhone to listen to music and that’s too bad because music on your iPhone is compressed and as such it loses some of its sonic capabilities. I know who has time to sit at home and listen to great music ? You would if you had a decent hi-fi system.
Jazz is my inspiration and regular listening allows me to stay motivated and keep learning for my GED exam. I decided to focus only on online classes, I found a great website with free practice tests, online lessons for the GED and good support. So now I listen to the jazz recording and learn.
There is a belief that you need to spend ten’s of thousands of dollars to get a great hi-fi system. To this I say “bullshit” ! You can get an excellent hi-fi system for under $2500 if you know what you’re doing. The key is to take some CD’s of some of your favorite music down to a local hi-fi dealer and listen to them on some systems. By the way if you like rap or other overly produced music a good hi-fi system won’t make a damn bit of difference.
The Arcam Solo is an all in one CD player with amplifier and is a great sounding audio system for the money
Now back to the classic jazz. Rudy Van Gelder recorded some great music at his recording studio across the Hudson River in New Jersey. These recordings sound amazing today and have come to make me realize that when great artists get a great canvas great things can happen.
Some of my favorite albums of all time are:
Blue Train – John Coltrane (with Miles Davis) -it helps me to concentrate
All Blues – Miles Davis (with John Coltrane) it helps me to stay focused
Time Out – Dave Brubeck/ it is great to relax after learning
Ah Um – Charles Mingus
Something Else – Canonball Adderley
Soul Station – Hank Mobley
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster