Responses from nicotico

How do you think about Qobuz store?
@Dan - yes, when I attempt to stream an album downloaded from Qobuz (I always download wav format) through my Oppo 105, the Oppo gets tripped up for some reason. By that I mean: usually after the first song the Oppo somehow gets confused and eithe... 
Why Does All Jazz Sound The Same?
If all I heard was squeaks honks bangs and tinkles I’d love it as much as you do.  
Important additions
Weather Report - Jaco 
Kind of Blue SACD on a whim.
@cd318: Thank you for sharing your insight that the Classic Records release is much better than any digital version. There’s nothing to be sorry about.  
Kind of Blue SACD on a whim.
I’ll throw out these Miles albums as essential listening: the live album “Four & More” (which btw MoFi also issued an excellent-sounding version of); “E.S.P.”; and “Miles Smiles.” Miles Smiles can be initially hard to wrap one’s head around bu... 
Kind of Blue SACD on a whim.
That MoFi Kind Of Blue was also released on 45 RPM vinyl format and there are a number of reviews on that specifically. May want to read those to get a flavor about the reception to MoFi’s Kind Of Blue release in general. I would also spring for t... 
Jazz listening: Is it about the music? Or is it about the sound?
That “encyclopedic knowledge” of rock, pop and country that you refer to: I take it you say you have that because you can actually name the vast majority of the songs. That’s because all those songs have lyrics that give away the name of the song.... 
How does Donald Fagen do it?
Kamakiriad didn’t grab me, at least initially, like Nightfly did. But it has grown on me over the years. The song Florida Room is killer. Anyone listened to the song Gaucho side-by-side vs. Keith Jarrett’s ‘Long As You Know You’re Living Yours, fr... 
How does Donald Fagen do it? 
Late Night Jazz
Just listened to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s “Ella and Louis.” Definitely fits the bill for Late Night Jazz.  
music: religious experience or background noise?
Can’t speak for the OP, but in my post above, the word “critical” can be replaced with the word “attentive.” Both words mean the same thing in the context of my post above.  
music: religious experience or background noise?
In my younger days I had more free time to listen critically and adhere to the “I’m not gonna listen unless it’s critical listening” mantra. But I’m working and raising a family so I am more apt to have music playing at times that I am unable to c... 
RIP - Aretha Franklin
She died over 2 years ago. Still sad nonetheless.  
Is Modern Jazz an Oxymoron?
Long-time Jazz listener. I love the old Blue Note (and similar-era) albums but my need to discover and listen to those has peaked. Same with 70’s fusion. Always searching and manage to find something, even post-80’s. But I’ll bet if I stratified m... 
What’s your top 5 Christmas albums ?
Around 130 Christmas albums in my collection, currently. It is hard for me to pick a Top 5. However, it is easy for me to pick The Top One: The Magic Of Christmas by The Soulful Strings. This album has the most inventive and catchy arrangements (w...