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Hi Friends,

The mid week newsletter on MQA vs DSD brought out the most responses of any newsletter we've issued. Thank you! Be looking for a more detailed article in the upcoming weeks on it!

We realize this is a confusing topic. Keep in mind... DSD is a recording format that can be prepared as downloads for customers directly from the masters. MQA is not a recording format and must go through a conversion process (from DSD or PCM masters) that is not easily accessible to recording studios or music labels.

This week we're celebrating the Jazz Educators convention in New Orleans where Nick Phillips, Jenny Maybee, Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm are entertaining the attendees and having way too much fun! http://nickphillipsmusic.downloadsnow.net/haiku http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-37

I'm writing this from Half Moon Bay where not far from here, Blue Coast Records got it's name. With the worse storm in 25 years, it seemed like a fun adventure to spend the weekend near the coast to watch the towering waves roll in.... especially since I'm not at CES or in New Orleans. :)

The Gift Certificates have really taken off! For a complete list of music to choose from click here! You'll also find the Top of the Charts and see what other music lovers are listening to!

Enjoy your week!

Cookie Marenco
Founder and Producer
Blue Coast Music

  • Jenny Maybee & Nick Phillips | Haiku

    Recorded Live to DSD256 without headphones or overdubs -- it's LIVE IN THE STUDIO!

    Nick Phillips and Jenny Maybee have captured what it might have been like to have Miles Davis record with Joni Mitchell on this mesmerizing jazz album: Haiku. This collection of original compositions and imaginative arrangements of standards is brought to life with inspired, risk taking. Recorded direct to DSD256 and miixed through an analog console by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast.

    http://nickphillipsmusic.downloadsnow.net/haiku

  • Christie Winn | C'est Magnifique

    Christie Winn's interpretation of the standard repertory proves, once again, that a great voice and a great song is one of life's smoothest pleasures. And C'est Magnifique is as smooth as it gets. Joe Kyle's rich acoustic bass and Winn's own elegantly sparse piano provide the perfect harmonic underpinning for precise vocalizations that, nevertheless, ease their way into the material's emotional core. Tailor-made for fans of Barbara Streisand's Love Is the Answer quartet recordings with Diana Krall, this album feels up close and personal, as if Winn and Kyle are performing especially for you and the one you love.

    The album was recorded to 2" tape without overdubs or headphones and mixed to DSD through an analog board. Cookie Marenco producing and engineering.

    http://christiewinn.downloadsnow.net/cest-magnifique

  • Mary Fineman | Solo Piano

    Mary Fineman’s Solo Piano brings a classical romantic influence so far missing from our spotlight, reminiscent of Franz Schubert or Erik Satie. The album’s mood ebbs and flows along with songs like the melancholy “I Thought I Saw You” or the affectionate “Guessing Game”. Notable tracks such as the swinging rhythmic “Polar Bear” and arabesque-like “Love Song” serve to highlight Mary’s technical proficiency and versatility.

    Mary’s notable “And The World Spins ‘Round, ‘Round” is an original piano rendition of a piece later rewritten for orchestra, opening with a simple chorale that blossoms into a passionate and bittersweet theme. This album, stripped from the musical influence of voice or strings, lays bare a fundamental power Mary possesses to compose memorable melodies and immersive atmospheres.

    The album was recorded to DSD and mixed to DSD by Cookie Marenco

    http://maryfineman.downloadsnow.net/solo-piano

  • Fiona Joy | Into The Mist

    Into the Mist is Fiona Joy's 2nd installment of solo piano recordings. A collection of neo-classical compositions, Fiona expresses a vast array of emotions in her journey through the mist. Picturesque and thought provoking these songs flow quietly for an hour of dreams. "Moon Over the Lotus Pond" is her tribute to the people of China who have welcomed her so warmly.

    Recorded and mixed in DSD256 by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios, Into The Mist is available in its entirety in DSD256 and 7 other formats. Advance sale pricing Continues on for the SACD shipping now. Enjoy!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/fiona-joy-into-the-mist

  • Meghan Andrews | Special Event 43

    It is rare for a talented songwriter to also have the technical ability to perform in a way that gets the listener's heart pumping. A few of the greats-- Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and John Lennon-- come to mind, and Meghan Andrews is well on her way to the top.

    With delicacy and power she performs songs from Townes Van Zandt ("Waiting Around to Die") and Alice in Chains ("Would") along with 8 of her own compositions. Special Event 43 was recorded live at Blue Coast Studios by Cookie Marenco to DSD256 without headphones or overdubs.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-43

  • Jenna Mammina | Close Your Eyes

    Originally produced by Cookie Marenco, the masterful musicianship on Close Your Eyes combined with Jenna's intimate vocal sound create something magical. Matt Rollings on B-3 organ, Paul McCandless on soprano sax, André Bush on Guitar, James Genus on bass and John Mader on drums hold down the groove for Jenna's distinct vocals and harmonies. "Dirty Work" (a Steely Dan cover) and "Lotus Blossom" sound as fresh today as when they first came out more than 10 years ago.

    Remixed by Cookie Marenco for Blue Coast Records from 2" analog tape and DSD sessions to DSD 256, we hope you enjoy these wonderful pieces!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/close-your-eyes

  • The Valence Project | Heart Drum

    If you love Daft Punk and want something unique but still close to pop music then try The Valence Project 2 –Heart Drum. Recorded to 2" analog tape, this collaborative album has an all star lineup who has brought stunning vocals, catchy riffs and astonishing effects that will have you grooving in your seat.

    http://valencerecords.downloadsnow.net/heart-drum

  • Fiona Joy | Signature - Synchronicity

    “An exploration into possibility”, in Fiona Joy’s words, Signature - Synchronicity is a reimagination of her acclaimed Signature - Solo in orchestral form. Fiona’s captivating melodies combined with Will Ackerman’s production talent breathe new life into her original arrangements. While retaining the heart and passion of the songs that recently won Fiona the ZMR award for “Best Piano Album - Solo”, Fiona’s expressive piano playing is now beautifully supported by atmospheric vocal swells, strings, percussion and wind instruments. This gives the album a new sense of scale and grandeur—it is a vast and enchanting but still pleasantly familiar adventure.

    Recorded to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM and mixed through an analog stage to DSD128 (5.6MHz).

    http://fionajoyhawkins.downloadsnow.net/signature-synchronicity

  • Valerie Joyce & Michael Wolff | For Heaven's Sake

    MQD Introductory Pricing Through October 10, 2016. Valerie Joyce recorded For Heaven's Sake with renowned pianist Michael Wolff. Michael also produced, arranged the music, and performed on Valerie's Invitation. The duo's chemistry is unmistakable on For Heaven's Sake. Michael thoughtfully sculpts new intention behind Valerie's sultry and soft melodies. The peaceful atmosphere is full of nuances that only come from a live performance by musicians with real chemistry. From Brahms to Duran Duran Valerie and Michael explore songs outside of the typical jazz idiom, but bring it home with classics like "In A Sentimental Mood" and "You Taught My Heart To Sing."

    Cookie Marenco mixed For Heaven's Sake to Quad Rate DSD through an analog stage. Get it in 8 different high resoultion formats at:

    http://valeriejoyce.downloadsnow.net/heavens-sake

  • Derek Jones -- Contemporary Acoustic Bass from Blue Coast Records

    we can't say enough great things about this album. Call it "jazz" call it "contemporary" call it an album from an extraordinary bass player... which is what it is. Recorded and produced by Blue Coast founder, Cookie Marenco, the album is genius in its subtly and tone. The concept was to bring attention to the tone of this instrument, the man playing it and to highlight the friendships he has made over the decades.

    For more than 12 years, Derek has played in KA -- a Cirque du Soleil piece running nightly in Las Vegas. KA requires intuition, ability and high improvisational skills to get this coveted position. Bringing Derek to Blue Coast studios was no easy feat to tear him from that gig... or deciding who would be performing with him on his first solo album.

    Jenna Mammina (vocals), Paul Hanson (solo bassoon artist) and Jeff Coffin (saxophonist for Dave Matthews and Bela Fleck) were at the top of the list. John R Burr on piano completed ensemble. Cookie suggested Brain on drums (Tom Waits, Primus, Guns N' Roses) who hadn't played with any of them prior. The interplay, fun and music made brought everyone to new heights of spacious listening.

    From the Beach Boys ("You Still Believe in Me") to David Sylvian ("Riverman") to Paul Simon ("50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" mashed up with Kool & The Gang's "Get Down On It") to traditional classics like the "Nearness of You" and "You Were Alway" on My Mind" arranged in ways you've never heard before.

    Derek Jones is the bass player of his generation. Recorded to DSD 256 and 2" tape by Cookie Marenco and mixed to DSD 256.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/derek-jones-run-me

  • Michael Wolff | Zenith - Solo Piano

    This is Michael's first solo piano effort which is amazing when you consider he has had a formidable career as a jazz pianist. Those efforts included recording and touring with Cannonball Adderly, Nancy Wilson, Valerie Joyce and five nights a weeks as musical director on the Arsenio Hall Show. Zenith was originally recorded in 9624 with producer John Newcott in New York and engineered by Ray Aldaco.

    Gary Walker of WBGO says of this album:

    Michael Wolff has captured the diverse spirit of a solo performance done well: from the opening New Orleans bounce, to “Makin' Whoopee” the way we all hope to the choice of Sufjan Stevens; the rollicking sun/fun of “St. Thomas” and the floating discord of “Cry Me A River”. Wolff has not stayed “Too Long at the Fair”.

    The lights are bright, the creativity, phrasing and turn on a dime feelings, taking us along.
    I enjoyed every ride. Zenith is a perfect title for this outstanding expression.

    http://michaelwolff.downloadsnow.net/zenith

  • New Esterházy Quartet | Haydn in America

    Producer and engineer, Lolly Lewis, founded Transparent Recordings in San Francisco in 1980. Along with the New Esterházy quartet, she has recorded the San Francisco Symphony and many other classical music groups. In recent years she has become more involved with early music performance, meaning the instruments used are all authentic to their specific period in history.

    This unique approach can be heard on Haydn in America, which was recorded in a church during a storm. If you listen carefully you will hear a bit of the wild weather raging outside!

    “I love the depth and subtlety of expression that you can only get with period instruments,” says Lewis, “it’s illuminated the Classical repertoire for me.”

    The music was originally recorded to 8824 and is available in a variety of download formats for your convenience.

    http://transparentrecordings.downloadsnow.net/haydn-in-america

  • Suzanne Ciani | Silver Ship

    The first thing one notices about Suzanne Ciani's music is the sound. On Silver Ship, winner of The 5th Annual Independent Music Awards Best New Age Album, her pianistic artistry is accompanied by some of contemporary music's top players including reedman Paul McCandless (Oregon, Bela Fleck), flautist Matt Eakle (Dave Grisman Quintet), guitarist Teja Bell and bassist Michael Manring. Immediately soothing tones unfold to reveal the layers of beauty and romance that have earned her an international following of devoted music lovers. -- Gene Bryan Johnson

    http://suzanneciani.downloadsnow.net/

  • San Francisco Symphony | Debussy: Images, Jeux & La plus que lente

    Introductory pricing through November 28, 2016.

    Images pour orchestre is a journey inspired by Debussy's own travels. The notable second section, "Ibéria", is dividied into three movements. Experience the "Streets and By-ways," "Fragrance of the Night," and "Festival-day Morning" of early 20th century Spain through Debussy's compositions. Commissioned for the Ballet Russ, the themes of Jeux change rapidly as the dancers portray the story of two women and a man in search of a lost tennis ball at twilight. Finally, the symphony plays La plus que lente, a parody written in response to the fad of slow, sad waltzes. Debussy's orchestration includes cimbalom, a Hungarian stringed percussion instrument that adds a unique texture.

    Recorded to 19224 and 9624 WAV, Debussy: Images, Jeux & La plus que lente is also available in FLAC and DSD for your convenience.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/debussy

  • Pre-Order the Hybrid SACD here!

    Into the Mist is Fiona Joy's 2nd installment of solo piano recordings. A collection of neo-classical compositions, Fiona expresses a vast array of emotions in her journey through the mist. Picturesque and thought provoking these songs flow quietly for an hour of dreams. "Moon Over the Lotus Pond" is her tribute to the people of China who have welcomed her so warmly.

    Recorded and mixed skillfully in DSD256 by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios, Into The Mist is available in its entirety in DSD256 and 7 other formats. Enjoy!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/fiona-joy-into-the-mist

  • Originally produced by Cookie Marenco, the masterful musicianship on Close Your Eyes combined with Jenna's intimate vocal sound create something magical. With Matt Rollings on B-3 organ, Paul McCandless on soprano sax, André Bush on Guitar, James Genus on bass and John Mader on drums hold down the groove for Jenna's distinct vocals and harmonies. "Dirty Work" (a Steely Dan cover) and "Lotus Blossom" sound as fresh today as when they first came out more than 10 years ago.

    Remixed by Cookie Marenco for Blue Coast Records from 2" analog tape and DSD sessions to DSD 256, we hope you enjoy these wonderful pieces!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/close-your-eyes

  • Valerie Joyce & Michael Wolff | For Heaven's Sake

    Valerie Joyce recorded For Heaven's Sake with renowned pianist Michael Wolff. Michael also produced, arranged the music, and performed on Valerie's Invitation. The duo's chemistry is unmistakable on For Heaven's Sake. Michael thoughtfully sculpts new intention behind Valerie's sultry and soft melodies. The peaceful atmosphere is full of nuances that only come from a live performance by musicians with real chemistry. From Brahms to Duran Duran Valerie and Michael explore songs outside of the typical jazz idiom, but bring it home with classics like "In A Sentimental Mood" and "You Taught My Heart To Sing."

    Cookie Marenco mixed For Heaven's Sake to Quad Rate DSD through an analog stage. Get it in 8 different high resoultion formats at:

    http://valeriejoyce.downloadsnow.net/heavens-sake

  • What happens when you invite six of your favorite artists to the studio when all they have in common is knowing the producer? Blue Coast All-Star Jam! It's a amazing what you can do in a day with great musicians. Don't be alarmed if you hear the sound of tape rolling up in the beginning, count offs and false starts. We wanted the listener to experience the studio as if they were in the control room-- you'll be transported back in time to the day of the recording session with us every time you listen.

    Not to be missed-- Melissa Reese singing a hypnotic and rootsy version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" arranged by Cookie Marenco. The final three songs on this album are instrumentals written by Tony Furtado and Chris Lynch that will knock your socks off. Recorded to 2" analog tape and mixed to DSD 128.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/blue-coast-all-star-jam

  • Valence Records | Heart Drum

    If you love Daft Punk and want something unique but still close to pop music then try The Valence Project 2 – Heart Drum. Recorded to 2" analog tape, this collaborative album has an all star lineup who has brought stunning vocals, catchy riffs and astonishing effects that will have you grooving in your seat.

    http://valencerecords.downloadsnow.net/heart-drum

  • San Francisco Symphony | Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 & Mass in C Major Surround

    Internationally renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads master pianist Emanuel Ax and the symphony in this passionate performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, noted for its aggressive opening movement, hushed second, and boisterous finale.

    Then the Grammy award winning SF Symphony Chorus joins Thomas and the Symphony for Beethoven’s seldom-performed Mass in C major. While still respecting certain Mass traditions, Beethoven pushes boundaries through expressive instrumental parts. Piano Concerto No. 3 & Mass in C Major are two of the works that helped ground Beethoven’s reputation as a creative genius.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/bp3surround

  • MAJK | 3 Songs

    MAJK recently joined us at Blue Coast Studios for a session with Cookie recording with no headphones or overdubs. MAJK is made up of Mathew Harmon on guitar, Alexis Hawk on cello and banjo, Jeff Kissell on bass and Kelly Koval on vocals. Many of these artists are frequent visitors to our studios.

    The harmonies and sounds this band creates will remind you of Simon & Garfunkel, Iron & Wine or any of the music on the "Garden State" soundtrack. Recorded to 2" analog tape and digitized to DSD256, 3 Songs is available in 7 other high resolution formats for your convenience. We look forward to more songs from this exciting acoustic quartet.

    http://jeffkissell.downloadsnow.net/3-songs

  • This June 10,000 audiophiles and manufacturers came together for THE Show Newport, the largest high end audio show in North America. Being with enthusiastic music lovers, artists and manufacturers is always a treat.

    This year our favorite Blue Coast artists came to THE Show for live-to-Quad-DSD recording in our exhibit room. Recording in a tiny hotel room crammed with audience members is always a challenge, but there is something special about such an intimate setting. This year was full of surprises, especially when the audience asked for artists to perform together who had never met before.

    Hear the magic for yourself at: http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/live-newport-2016

    Hope you can join us next year!

  • San Francisco Symphony | Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra

    Mason Bates, Bay Area composer and professor at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has created a contemporary collection of orchestral works that blend the classical symphony orchestra with modern electronic programming. The B-Sides, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, will delight you and the colossal Liquid Interface will leave you in awe. One of the most creative and ingenuous synthesists of our time, these works show Bates reimagining the dimensions of symphonic music by integrating jazz, techno, drum-n-bass, field recordings of a FermiLab particle collider—and more.

    Recorded to 192/24 live at Davies Symphony Hall, Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra is available to download in 7 different high resolution formats including DSD for your convenience. Enjoy!

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/mason-bates-works-orchestra

  • Odell Fox is a musical and lyrical collaboration between fan favorite Jenner Fox and Raphael Odell Shapiro. Supported by Jeff Kissell on bass, Lauren Tronick on vocals/violin, and Brain on drums, the Odell Fox chemistry brings the campfire ease to your living room. Their poetry and warm harmonies are relaxed and undemanding. The lead off tune, a Paul Simon classic "You Can Call Me Al", will have you dancing in seconds. Odell Fox takes Jenner's signature style and adds Raph's influence, creating a perfect blend that fans both old and new will love.

    Recorded to tape and mixed to Quad DSD, we have this title available in a variety of formats to suit your system.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-44

  • Valerie Joyce, Seattle based jazz vocalist, has a voice that is smooth as silk and will leave you feeling relaxed and tranquil. Special Event 31 is an intimate and simple duo of Valerie on vocals and Marco de Carvalho on acoustic guitar. Tracks 4, 7, and 9 were recorded live at the 2014 California Audio Show and capture a unique atmosphere that can only be experienced in a live setting. Special Event 31 is a great addition to any jazz lover's collection.

    Recorded in DSD64 and mixed through our analog console to DSD128, Special Event 31 is available to download in 7 different formats. Enjoy!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-31

  • Andy Narell | Dis 1. 4. Raf

    Andy Narell’s two-disc album Dis 1. 4. Raf is a collection of improvised melodies and Latin dance rhythms. Narell’s virtuosity on the steel pan is complimented by his band, which includes Janysett McPherson on piano, Thierry Fanfant on bass, Inor Sotolongo on congas and percussion, and Gregory Louis on drums. Dis 1. 4. Raf features a number of originals from Narell, as well as covers of tunes by Ray Holman, John Coltrane and others. On "Para Quel Bailes Mi Rumba" pianist Janysett McPherson brings the album's Carribean flavor to the next level with a stunning vocal performance. Jazz fans will want to hear "Moment's Notice" played on this unusual instrument.

    The album was originally recorded at 9624 WAV. We have converted the files to DSD for your convenience.

    http://andynarell.downloadsnow.net/dis-1-4-raf-disc-1

    http://andynarell.downloadsnow.net/dis-1-4-raf-disc-2

  • Now Available as a 24K Gold MQD

    Blue Coast Records was founded for artists like these: exceptional musicians and performers. Our special release for THE Show Newport, this compilation album features our favorite tracks from Alex de Grassi, Jenna Mammina, Nick Phillips & Jenny Maybee, Valerie Joyce, and Meghan Andrews & Marco Ferrero.

    Available as a 24k Gold MQD, stop by room 411 during THE Show Newport to get it first and at a special show-only discount!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/newport-sampler-1

  • The first concert streamed live in DSD from the US, Live in the Studio captures a historic concert from vocalist Jenna Mammina and guitarist Alex de Grassi. Both extremely talented musicians in their own right, together Jenna and Alex created something more than just the sum of their parts. Alex’s fingers effortlessly blend dense jazz harmonies with rugged blues licks on “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and Jenna channels her own pain (from learning of Prince's death hours before we went live) into a cover of "King of Pain" by The Police.

    Originally broadcast in DSD128, Live in the Studio was recorded to DSD256 at Skywalker Sound by Leslie Ann Jones and Cookie Marenco then mixed using our proprietary analog stage methods at Blue Coast Studios to DSD256.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/live-in-the-studio

  • When Blue Coast Collection was originally released in 2007, we mixed it to 1/2" tape, then converted it to DSD64 for the SACD and high resolution downloads. It's interesting to know that we always preferred the 1/2" tape mixes. Now that DSD256 is an option we decided to remaster the album to it's original analog sound. It took months of tweaking the machine to offer the DSD256 in its highest audio state.

    On the remastered edition, you will hear details as never before... the sound of the room, newly exposed endings of harmony notes, and previously hidden acoustic timbres.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/blue-coast-collection-remastered

  • Blue Coast Collection 2 features performances of songs by James Taylor, Warren Zevon and Keith Greeninger by our top Blue Coast Artists. Record live, using our proprietary Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.) technique, Blue Coast Collection 2 was created with the music lover in mind. Nothing but good music, performed by expert musicians, captured by the most pure recording methods possible. You’ll feel like you’re in the room with us every time you listen.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/blue-coast-collection-2

  • Nominated for 2 awards for Best Solo Piano Album from ZMR and One World Music Radio, Signature-Solo has captured the attention of critics worldwide. The album debuted at #1 on the radio for New Age marking the first solo piano album to do so since George Winston in 2004.

    Signature-Solo was recorded to 2" analog tape, and mixed through our analog stage to DSD128 at Blue Coast Studios by Cookie Marenco.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/fiona-joy-signature-solo

  • It is rare for a talented songwriter to also have the technical ability to perform in a way that gets the listener's heart pumping. A few of the greats-- Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and John Lennon-- come to mind, and Meghan Andrews is well on her way to the top.

    With delicacy and power she performs songs from Townes Van Zandt ("Waiting Around to Die") and Alice in Chains ("Would"), along with 8 of her own compositions.

    Special Event 43 was recorded live at Blue Coast Studios by Cookie Marenco to DSD256 without headphones or overdubs.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-43

  • Live Recording Direct to DSD!

    Alex de Grassi was one of the founding artists for Windham Hill and he engages the entire guitar's tonal capabilities when he plays. On this album Alex performs on the guitar and a harp guitar (a multi-stringed instrument that sounds like a sitar). We suggest listening to Shenandoah. Few guitar players are as revered as Alex de Grassi especially by other guitar players. This is a fan favorite recording.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-19

  • Live Recording Direct to DSD!

    Jenna Mammina (long time Blue Coast Records' favorite) and Rolf Sturm visited our studio for a special one of a kind recording! A must hear is "Wicked Game" - a song originally written and performed by Chris Isaac. Jenna and Rolf put their unique spin on this classic song making a haunting version all their own. The album flows effortlessly as they perform classic pop and jazz songs of the 70's and 80's. Recorded without headphones or overdubs, you'll hear every breathe and strum of the vocals and guitar.

    Of Jenna's voice, former senior editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, Ben Fong-Torres says “Exquisite. Rolf Sturm has also earned the praise of Joe Pass, Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, and Bill Frisell. Together they create a beautiful sound that captures our imagination and brings a fresh feel to popular songs. Recorded to DSD, and mixed through an analog console to DSD128 by Blue Coast founder, Cookie Marenco.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-37

  • To kick off Blue Coast Records 10th Anniversary, Keith Greeninger and Alex de Grassi staged an unforgettable concert at the Fenix in San Rafael,California. Recorded live at the Fenix by Cookie Marenco in DSD256; the album is also available in several other formats for your convenience. Please be aware that artifacts from a live performance (like the sound of amplifying the artist's sound to the audience) can be heard and are not possible to remove in the mix. What is lost in sonic purity is gained with the sound of being there. These mixes have been edited and remixed from the multi-track recording.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/fenix

  • Anne and Pete's debut on Blue Coast Record's Happy Valley Volume 1 was so powerful we had to invite them back for more. Fans of acoustic-pop and Americana will love this album, it's laced with lyrical guitars, banjo melodies and goose-bump raising harmonies reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. Special Event 40 was recorded live, direct to DSD256, without overdubs at Blue Coast Studios.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-40

  • It may sound silly to think one can get a great performance and recording in a hotel room, but there was something magical happening this recording day. You'll hear the creaks and cracks of the instruments, the natural noise floor of the room (although amazingly quiet) and even an accidental cell phone go off (fortunately in tune and appropriately on "Ring Them Bells").

    Special Event 39 was recorded live to DSD256 by Cookie Marenco at the 2015 Newport Beach Audio Show, then mixed through an analog stage at Blue Coast Studios.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-39

  • Fiona's emotive piano style and the masterful acoustic guitar playing of Lawrence creates unique texture of timbres on songs like "Feeling Sunshine" and "And The Sky Was". Lawrence's sultry guitar performance on "Bern" is complimented by Fiona's effervescent vocals, and Lawrence's ukulele puts a new twist on Fiona's "Feeling Sunshine".

    Special Event 41 was recorded and mixed skillfully in DSD256 by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios. Enjoy!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-41

  • Tony is an established master on slide guitar and banjo, but Blue Coast Special Event 30 is Tony's Blue Coast Records vocal debut. We are especially fond of his cover of Tom Petty's Runnin' Down A Dream. Tony puts his own twists and turns on the song that make it almost unrecognizable at first, but maintains the electric feeling of the original.

    Special Event 30 was recorded live, direct to DSD, by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Studios using the E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment) technique.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-30

  • First a national banjo champion, then a sought after slide guitar player, Tony joined us at OTR for solo recordings on both instruments. If you're a fan of Ry Cooder, Blind Willie Johnson or other great blues players, you'll love this album. If the guitar holds a special place in your heart, Special Event 22 is a MUST HAVE!

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-22

  • Blue Coast Records’ first release features exceptional acoustic recordings performed live in the studio without the use of headphones, overdubs or digital effects. When put together with world-class musicians, these recording techniques come together to create something so special the process has been given it's own name: Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.).

    Originally conceptualized for the surround environment, E.S.E. makes use of room and direct microphone placement to optimize full tonal response from the instruments and character of the room, while allowing the musicians to position themselves to hear and respond to each other without the use of headphones. The resulting record truly places the listener in an audio hologram of the music.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/blue-coast-collection-surround

  • Live Recording Direct to DSD!

    If you like Quiles & Cloud, you need to experience Julian Müller, one of Blue Coast’s favorite singer songwriter finds! We call this style of music "Acoustipop" -- intimate and contemporary, performed live without overdubs. Check out ‘Little Bird’ and have a handkerchief close by to wipe your tears. These songs will remind you of love lost and love found. This kind of recording reveals total musicianship. It was recorded in E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment) and accompanied by Maria Quiles and Rory Cloud.

    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/special-event-32

  • San Francisco Symphony | Beethoven No. 7

    Beethoven's Symphony 7 is one his most popular symphonies. In a letter from Beethoven, he himself calls it his finest work. The haunting Second Movement starts with a simple one note melody and transforms through the piece through the repetition of overlapping counter melodies building to a fantastic sound. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony give a stellar performance of this timeless piece of music

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/beethoven-7

  • San Francisco Symphony | Beethoven No. 5

    Featuring perhaps the most recognizable motif in Western symphonic music, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has amazed listeners and musicians alike for more than 200 years. Written while the composer was losing his hearing and fighting a terrible infection that threatened the loss of a finger, this composition tells a story beginning in conflict and darkness and transforming into triumph by its conclusion. Listen to this true masterpiece, performed expertly by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, recorded to 96kHz 24-bit WAV PCM. DSD and FLAC formats are also available for your convenience.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/beethoven-5

  • San Francisco Symphony | Tchaikovsky No. 5

    Also Available in 5.1 Multichannel Surround Sound

    One of Tchaikovsky's most popular works, Symphony Number 5 takes the listener on a musical journey of triumph over adversity. The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas never fail to wow the audience when taking on a monumental piece such as this. The breath-taking performance was recorded live at Davies Hall in San Francisco to 192/24 WAV-- now it's available in high resolution 5.1 surround sound so you can listen from the best seat in the house... your own!

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/tchaikovsky-5

  • San Francisco Symphony | Mahler No. 1

    We are proud to present Mahler's Symphony No. 1, the second recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. This powerful and passionate performance of Mahler's "Titan" captures the excitement of the Grammy-winning conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times called "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now." Originally recorded in DSD 2.8MHz. Available in DSD, WAV and FLAC.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/mahler-symphony-no-1

  • San Francisco Symphony | Masterpieces in Miniature

    Also Available in 5.1 Multichannel Surround Sound

    This exquisite recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony brings us your favorite Mahler, Debussy, Ravel with an electrifying performance by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/masterpieces-in-miniature

  • San Francisco Symphony | Mahler No. 2

    Also Available in 5.1 Multichannel Surround Sound

    Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 spreads before us a great and pictorial pageant. The hero of the First Symphony is borne to his grave. No wonder in Mahler's own words, “the real, the climactic dénouement [of the First] comes only in the Second.” Originally recorded in DSD 2.8MHz, Gustav Mahler's Symphony Number 2 is a must have for all symphonic music lovers.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/mahler-symphony-no-2

  • San Francisco Symphony | Mahler No. 7

    Also Available in 5.1 Multichannel Surround Sound

    San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is a scholar well known for his interpretations of Gustav Mahler's distinguished music. This thrilling rendition earned Tilson Thomas the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording. Also known as The Night Song, Symphony Number 7 takes the listener on a tonal journey from dusk to dawn. Recorded direct to DSD at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Gustav Mahler's Symphony Number 7 is a must have for all symphonic music lovers.

    http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/mahler-7

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant | For One To Love

    2016 Grammy Award Winner of Best Vocal Jazz Album!

    Cécile’s For One To Love is a historic example of her vocal mastery. With a warm, eccentric voice that ranges from a whisper to a cry, Cécile can only be described as a jazz prodigy. Classically trained, her style is clearly influenced by the legendary Bessie Smith, Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald - with a cadence of her own. Humorous showtunes like “Stepsister’s Lament” highlight Cécile’s charm, while the soulful “Growlin’ Dan” shows how much power she can command. Recorded and mixed to 96kHz 24-bit PCM, this extraordinary award-winning record is also available in DSD and FLAC.

    http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net/one-love

  • Christian McBride Trio | Live at the Village Vanguard

    Winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo!

    One of the most recorded musicians of his generation, and now a four-time Grammy award winner, Christian McBride is a virtuoso unlike any other. In his Grammy Award winning solo, McBride re-imagines what is typical or even possible for the jazz bass. While his blazing fast fingers are nothing short of jaw-dropping, he brings a lyrical and effortless style to his bass playing. This record is the fruit of McBride’s long association with the Vanguard, where his first appearance as band leader for the historic club was in 1995. Now you can experience the magic of the Village Vanguard from the comfort of your own home. Recorded and mixed to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM and converted to DSD through our proprietary systems for your convenience.

    http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net/vanguard

  • Aaron Diehl | Space, Time, Continuum

    Widely acknowledged as a modern master in the aftermath of his acclaimed 2012 Mack Avenue debut, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, 29-year-old pianist-composer Aaron Diehl ups the ante with the 2015 release Space, Time, Continuum.

    http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net/continuum

  • Aaron Diehl | The Bespoke Man's Narrative

    Aaron Diehl represents the next generation of jazz artists that come with a knowledge of the past and the ears of the future. His quartet is comprised of young musicians, like himself, in a unique blend of piano, vibraphone, bass and drums. Modern, yet familiar, you'll hear touches of Ellington, Debussy, Billy Childs and Wayne Shorter in Diehl's own compositions. Originally recorded to 9624 WAV, this album demonstrate an 'old school' approach to mastering a recording. You'll notice a purposeful fade in on Epilogue and tight, clean tops on songs with drums. All meant to be.

    http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net/bespoke

  • Christian McBride Trio | Out Here

    With Out Here, premier bassist Christian McBride’s fifth recording on Mack Avenue Records, McBride introduces his latest working group: a trio, fully embracing at age 41 his role as standard-bearer and mentor. Pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.—both younger, emerging artists—have been performing with McBride’s smallest group for about three years, honing their trio conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance with select performances around the world.

    http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net/christian-mcbride-trio-out-here

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant | WomanChild

    When Cécile McLorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she was not only the youngest finalist, but also a mystery woman with the most unusual background of any of the participants. When she walked away with first place in the jazz world's most prestigious contest, the buzz began almost immediately. The New York Times now calls her "the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade.

    http://mackavenue.downloadsnow.net/womanchild

  • Cava Menzies & Nick Phillips | Moment to Moment

    If you're a fan of Kind of Blue (and who isn't), you'll love Moment to Moment. It's a slow paced album of ballads great for when you want to relax. Nick Phillips soulful trumpet and Cava's "Bill Evans-like" touch will draw you in from the first notes. Recorded at Fantasy studios at 192/24 WAV, for your convenience we remastered through our analog gear to produce the DSD masters. This is an independent release specially selected by Downloads NOW!

    http://nickphillipsmusic.downloadsnow.net/moment-to-moment

  • Jenny Maybee & Nick Phillips | Haiku

    Recorded Live in DSD256!

    Nick Phillips and Jenny Maybee have captured what it might have been like to have Miles Davis record with Joni Mitchell on this mesmerizing jazz recording: Haiku. This collection of original compositions and imaginative arrangements of standards is brought to life with inspired, risk taking, live performances recorded direct to DSD256 by Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast.

    http://nickphillipsmusic.downloadsnow.net/haiku

  • Fiona Joy | Signature-Synchronicity

    “An exploration into possibility”, in Fiona Joy’s words, “Signature - Synchronicity” is a reimagination of her acclaimed “Signature - Solo” album in orchestral form. Fiona’s captivating melodies combined with Will Ackerman’s production talent breathe new life into her original arrangements. While retaining the heart and passion of the songs that recently won Fiona the ZMR award for “Best Piano Album - Solo”, Fiona’s expressive piano playing is now beautifully supported by atmospheric vocal swells, strings, percussion and wind instruments. This gives the album a new sense of scale and grandeur—it is a vast and enchanting but still pleasantly familiar adventure.

    Recorded to 96kHz, 24-bit WAV PCM and mixed through an analog stage to DSD128 (5.6MHz).

    http://fionajoyhawkins.downloadsnow.net/signature-synchronicity

  • Jenna Mammina | Jenna Remixed

    Recorded Live in DSD256!

    This special remix features music originally produced by Cookie Marenco, for Jenna's early work. With a band made up of musicians of the highest level (Matt Rollings on B-3 organ, Paul McCandless on soprano sax, André Bush on Guitar, James Genus on bass and John Mader on drums), Jenna's vocals bring to life an intimate, yet spacious, groove. On "Lotus Blossom" the rhythm section is joined by Rob Burger on accordion, opening a new sonic spectrum. Slated to be part of a future Producer's Choice compilation on Blue Coast Records, both "Dirty Work" (a Steely Dan cover) and "Lotus Blossom" sound as fresh today as when they first came out more than 10 years ago.

    Jenna Remixed was remixed from 2" analog tape to DSD256 at Blue Coast Studios by Cookie Marenco.

    http://jennamammina.downloadsnow.net/jenna-remixed

  • Daria | Strawberry Fields Forever

    Jazz vocalist Daria demonstrates just how far an experienced musician can take John Lennon and Paul McCartney's iconic works on Strawberry Fields Forever: Songs by the Beatles. Supported by a cast of sixteen master instrumentalists, Daria's vocals will take you on a journey across space and time-- from New Orleans to South America to India. Any fans of the Beatle's own daring musical innovations will love what Daria has to offer.

    http://daria.downloadsnow.net/strawberry-fields-forever

  • Lawrence Blatt | Emergence

    You may remember Lawrence from Blue Coast Special Event 42, his beautiful collaboration with Fiona Joy. Now we are excited to offer high resolution downloads of Lawrence's newest album, Emergence. Heartwarming, soothing, and relaxing layers of guitar work are decorated with luscious melodies and percussive moods. Produced by Will Ackerman, Emergence is a brilliant blend of Blatt's passions for science and music, and is an exhilarating follow-up to Blatt's 2009 critically acclaimed release, The Color of Sunshine.

    Recorded in 9624 and remixed to DSD 128 by Tom Eaton.

    http://lawrenceblatt.downloadsnow.net/emergence

  • Fiona Joy | Blue Dream

    Winner of the 2009 ZMR Awards for Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and Best Instrumental Album - Piano, Blue Dream boasts both masterful musicianship and a captivating musical narrative. This 22 song album, according to Fiona, “began as the most ambitious project of my entire career, and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known."

    Originally recorded by Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road Studios on an exceptional Steinway piano, Blue Dream is now available in high resolution formats for your listening experience.

    http://fionajoyhawkins.downloadsnow.net/blue-dream

  • Fiona Joy | 600 Years In A Moment

    Performing on a handmade Australian Stuart and Sons piano and accompanied by ancient instruments from all over the world, Fiona’s “600 Years in a Moment” combines past, present and future. defies genre limitations and cohesively blends elements of classical, jazz, and world music together with new age. This compositional talent awarded Fiona Best Instrumental Album - Piano at the 2013 ZMR Music Awards.

    Now 600 Years In A Moment is available to purchase on Vinyl and as DSD and other high resolution digital formats.

    http://fionajoyhawkins.downloadsnow.net/600-years

  • Quiles & Cloud | Seminole Star

    Quiles & Cloud, once again, weave together modern folk songs with a symphonic elegance. Together they create songs that are ‘scenes of life’, sung in soft spoken harmonies. Between Rory’s intricate guitar pickings and Maria’s pure, beautiful voice, this pair’s rope-like harmonies will stop you in your tracks, pull your heart strings and take you on a journey haunted with memories. Think something between Nora Jones, Iron & Wine, and The Civil Wars (with threads of Gillian Welsh and David Rawlings). Seminole Star was recorded live, without headphones at Blue Coast Studios to 2” analog tape.

    http://quilesandcloud.downloadsnow.net/seminole-star

  • Paul Horn | The Sound of Paul Horn

    As Miles Davis simply puts it, “Watch out for Paul!”. You'll be reminded of Dave Brubeck in Paul's compositions. This is jazz in the classical sense. The Sound of Paul Horn, made in 1961, was originally released in mono on vinyl. As stereo came into prominence the original recording was remixed and re-released in 1969 as a stereo master. For those of you that have a 'mono' switch you can hear the difference between the two mixes. Keep in mind, the early days of stereo were extreme in their presentation of stereo. The Sound of Paul Horn is a wonderful part of recording history and lets us know how far we've evolved since then. The album was digitized from 1/4" reels to DSD128 at Paul Stubblebine's studio under the direction of Blue Coast Crew.

    http://paulhorn.downloadsnow.net/sound

  • Paul Horn | Profile of a Jazz Musician

    A Classic Recording Only Available in DSD Here!

    As Miles Davis simply puts it, “Watch out for Paul!”. You'll be reminded of Dave Brubeck in Paul's compositions. This is jazz in the classical sense. This recording made in 1961 was originally released in mono on vinyl. As stereo came into prominence the original recording was remixed and re-released in 1969 as a stereo master. For those of you that have a 'mono' switch you can hear the difference between the two mixes.

    We are the only distribution outlet that has this album in DSD. We digitized from 1/4" reels to DSD128 using our proprietary techniques.

    http://paulhorn.downloadsnow.net/profile

  • Mary Fineman | You and Me

    Mary's piano playing reveals a strong background of classical training, reminiscent of Franz Schubert, while her vocal melodies dance around like the musical theatre work of Stephen Sondheim. Her honest and intimate lyrics stem from personal experience, stories that are presented with such passion and vulnerability that the listener feels as if Mary is speaking directly to her or himself. "I have taken on a certain responsibility in writing music," she explains. “Even though I write music that tells personal and specific stories, I try to paint on a canvas that is large enough and open enough for people to put their own stories. I want to include whoever needs to be included. That is still my goal."

    http://maryfineman.downloadsnow.net/you-and-me

  • Gregory James | Cult of Beauty

    Valence Record's founder Gregory James teamed up with Kai Eckhardt and his band for this electrified instrumental jazz album. Described as "deliciously funky" and reminiscent of Miles Davis' best drummers, Deszon Claiborne lays down a solid beat for the rest of the group to jam to. Greg's tasteful guitar melodies will take your breath away.

    Recorded live to 2" analog tape by Cookie Marenco, Cult of Beauty is a special treat for all music lovers.

    http://valencerecords.downloadsnow.net/cult-of-beauty

  • Emily Palen | Glass: Live at Grace Cathedral

    Recorded live to DSD at San Francisco's majestic Grace Cathedral, Glass is a fully improvised "on the spot" solo work of art. Energy is essential to Emily Palen's personal character. This is crystal clear in her musical work as a composer and violinist-- it's what really makes this recording special. The cathedral beautifully reflects every moment, even the street cars passing by outside are captured in the overall image and in the music itself.

    http://valencerecords.downloadsnow.net/glass

  • DSD Discount Store -- Always Available

    Are you getting ready to try DSD? We have an a la carte menu of songs for you to choose from -- all songs half price year round. These are songs that are some of our favorites and some not available elsewhere. A wide selection of songs recorded to DSD and mixed to DSD. No log in required. Enjoy!

    http://bluecoastmusic.com/dsd-discount-store

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