Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 27, 2016
I listen to a lot of different genres of music. Jazz, jazz fusion, blues, rock, American, folk, and bluegrass fill up my music collection. Some of my favorite music, however, is music that doesn’t fit any category. Three of my favorite albums are older albums by genre busting musicians that play with other genre busting musicians.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 20, 2016
Hey East Coast Mike! This is West Coast Mike. Also born in 1961 and a fan of your column (not entirely your music taste though). Also have two kids and a wife. Took a stab at doing a "Lovely Recordings" list for your column.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 13, 2016
I really like this column and will be auditioning all of these lovely recordings.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 06, 2016
I guess I should caption my third installment of Lovely Recordings The Lost Chestnuts, as it features three recordings that were thought to have been lost to the dustbin of history but were thankfully found and brought forth to be heard by fans of these great artists.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 30, 2016
[Editor's Note: Dynaudio North America's Director of Marketing Mike Manousselis and I were having an email exchange wherein I sent him a link to Sturgill Simpson's cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom". I had played Mike Simpson's cover of When In Rome's "The Promise" at CES, which Mike recognized immediately (at which time he cracked up). Mike returned the favor, in spades, and I thought it would be great fun to share Mike's list of some favorite covers. Enjoy!]
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 23, 2016
What a delight this feature of Audiostream has been. It’s great to see that audiophiles listen to something other than Kinda Blue and Diana Krall. I’ve been looking for the next great musical thing for as long as I can remember. Along the way there were memorable moments of discovering Roxy Music as a teen, seeing Steve Reich premier Tehillim in the Rothko Chapel and watching journeymen players get lost in a sound at the Lennox Lounge in Harlem.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 16, 2016
I really enjoy AudioStream, particularly the Lovely Recordings feature. Here are a few I’d like to share:
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 02, 2016
I’ve never considered my tastes eclectic but I dive deep into the genres I like. About 60% of my listening is orchestral music but I often play prog, shoegaze, punk, chillout, mid-century vocal (1935 - 1965), R&B and some acoustic jazz.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 25, 2016
I think it's time to throw some dance moves at this lovely recordings party! Not everything on this list is a party banger but my natural listening tendency is definitely towards music that infects the hips and makes you want to do a little shimmy on the dance floor, or just plain freak out!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2016
I have been reading other Lovely Recording articles and thoroughly enjoying the mix of musical tastes in them, but after reading the Metal installment, I was inspired to write my own list of recordings that started my musical journey.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 11, 2016
I've learned a lot reading this column, and share these records in the hope they might worm their way into some readers' minds and playlists, as they've wormed their way into mine.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 04, 2016
One rainy Sunday a few years ago, I found myself listening to some of my records, wondering if it would be worth it to go for a better sound system. So I bought a magazine at a gas station shop and phoned up a friend of a friend who was know for being an audiophile.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 28, 2016
This is difficult. I'm a rambler, so writing something brief and focused, well, it's not a strength. I could list tens (hundreds?) of records that had an impact on me...this would be boring for you. I like stories. This is one thing I love about music - our appreciation deepens with context - at least for me it does.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 21, 2016
My taste in music is fairly omnivorous. If there’s a thread running through these selections it’s the sense of place and emotional content conveyed by the performances. By place I don’t mean the acoustics of the recording space or the soundstage. It’s more a sense of the locative and/or temporal space in which the music was performed and the ethos it reflects. Emotional or spiritual content is just that, although what’s inspiring in a spiritual sense to one listener might leave another cold. Compassion is one dimension of this larger quality; I hear it, for example, in the lullaby sung by Carmen McRae. Listening to these albums, however, will be a lot more enlightening than what I have to say about them, so plunge right in.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 14, 2016
I would have to say that my listening habits are different from most people because I spend so much time in different locations out in a bush camp or some remote third world country. I do the majority of my listening while on the job with a set of headphones either hooked into a laptop or personal audio device. Therefore I like music that takes my mind off of where I am (I’ve worked in locations ranging from north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska and northern Canada to the deserts of the Great Basin, Mexico and Sudan to the tropical forests of Mexico, Central America and Indonesia) and bears repeated listening because portability is very important as I have to live out of a backpack or suitcase for up to a month at a time.

In minerals exploration, one has to go to where the minerals are, not downtown to the office. Digital files for music was a Godsend for me because I could carry the music I like in something the size of a pair of headphones and a paperback book. These ten albums meet that criteria and I can become absorbed in them time and time again, so it isn’t necessary to carry a bunch of files. The performances are outstanding and either have a good story behind them or tell a good story. These performances also come through on inexpensive equipment, a consideration for me because if I drop a rock on the player or drop it in a swamp I don’t want to feel that bad about losing it.