Great posts-and suggestions. I'm an old fart and don't hear well without hearing aids-so what I hear is "representation" of the real world-on another thread comparing snares I swear I was hearing the opposite of everyone else-I"m like damn. Anyways it got me thinking all the recordings- records, tape, digital now we listen is a "representation" of the real performance. Listening to music over the ages you have to account the differences in recording, improvements, changes in industry-going from using a horn to record to a disc to emulate the live performance, then tape with multitrack, the limits of just how much music can you put on an album before you run into label LOL, going from analog to digital, overcoming perplexing problems-a lot of change in my lifetime. It seems so different listening to the same song as the original album, to a tape recording, or now listening on your iPOD-I don't know if it's real what I'm hearing or just my brain because my brain connects to past experiences so it's psychological? Old scratchy records with lots of noise in old recordings don't bother me-just white noise my brain deletes it seems-now the music seems so perfect-crystalline clear it's almost annoying LOL. I like to listen to live music-that what really grabs me. Like listen to a comedian on the tube-barely a laugh-but go see same person live at a bar and everyone is in hysterics-it's a different experience. Crap I forgot my point-damn I digress quite a bit-my point is go listen to jazz in person-recordings are great but live performances are better-you get the whole experience.