Here is the fascinating story of the Edison Phonograph Company and its ´´Hill and Dale´´ vertical recording process, illustrated by musical examples from vintage recordings of legendary jazz band, The California Ramblers (which included famed trumpeter Red Nichols and other jazz greats)! This is the behind-the-scenes story of the invention, development and commercial promotion of the phonograph by Thomas Alva Edison, the ´´Genius of Menlo Park.´´ When tinfoil recording cylinders were replaced by flat disks, Edison pioneered a unique ´´vertical´´ recording process that produced a fidelity unmatched in its day. Unfortunately, manufacturing costs rendered it impractical and by the 1920´s nearly all other companies were successfully using a different process. Edison´s stubborn insistence on sticking with ´´verticals´´ nearly to the end eventually put the company out of business. Nevertheless, historians and critics agree that the Edison phonograph and disks provided the listener with the finest acoustic sound recordings of their time.Listen to the story of this forgotten moment in recording and Jazz history as told by audiophile Bill Mills and demonstrated by five carefully selected examples, from the Audio Archive, of Edison´s unique process. These ultra-rare recordings open a window on the birth of Jazz as captured during its formative years and feature great arrangements with exciting improvised solos performed by a band of the hottest musicians of the era, The California Ramblers. Compare their performances of ´´Keep Smiling At Trouble,´´ ´´Clementine,´´ ´´The Stockholm Stomp,´´ ´´Along Came Sweetness,´´ and their sweetly suggestive version of ´´Tiptoe Through The Tulips´´ to the quality of other early Jazz recordings and you will understand why Edison championed his process to the bitter end! If you love history or Jazz or just a good audiobook, here is a must have chronicle of a genius inventor, a past generation and a lost technology, researche 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Mills. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rebb/000011/bk_rebb_000011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bryson Wilde, investigator for hire, lives in an edgy world where the dames are dangerous, cigarettes dangle from ruby-red lips, and the nights are hotter than whiskey-soaked jazz. In R. J. Jagger’s riveting noir thriller A Way with Murder, Wilde finds himself entangled in two deadly assignments, one for a young, raven-haired attorney on the run after visiting an archeological site in Mexico, and the other for a pretty, little doll-face, who is too mysterious to trust and too hypnotic to resist. As Wilde negotiates the dangerous undercurrents of his treacherous new cases, he soon discovers that not only are the two on a collision course with each other, but that no one is safe when someone who has such a way with murder is around.... This audiobook is a love song to the hard-boiled novels of the ´50s, and author R. J. Jagger´s talent recalls the early works of Scott Turow and Lisa Scottoline. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Stillwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013865/bk_adbl_013865_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bryson Wilde, investigator for hire, lives in an edgy world where the dames are dangerous, cigarettes dangle from ruby-red lips and the nights are hotter than whiskey-soaked jazz. In R.J. Jagger´s riveting noir thriller, The Scroll Lawyers, Wilde finds himself entangled with two attorneys, one a solo practitioner and one an associate at Denver´s largest law firm, who are cast into the throes of a deadly thriller when a mysterious messenger delivers a package to their restaurant table. Jagger´s noir thrillers featuring private investigator Bryson Wilde (The Scroll Lawyers, The Shadow File, A Way With Murder) are standalone novels that can be read in any order. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David H. Lawrence XVII. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000341/bk_acx0_000341_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the imagination of a classic pulp author come new stories featuring his characters! Prolific pulp author Charles Boeckman gave the world unforgettable tales in the days of the pulps and through the age of digests and into the modern era as well! And now characters created by Boeckman from the golden age of pulps live again in new tales written by today´s best authors! Charles Boeckman Presents, a new imprint from Pro Se Productions licensed through Mr. Boeckman himself debuts with Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle, Volume One! Charles Boeckman presents Johnny Nickle in a return engagement more than 50 years overdue! Join Johnny as he performs Notes in the Fog written by Richard White and The Devil You Know penned by Brad Mengel! Grab a backstage pass to see Johnny tackle mystery and murder with a soundtrack that cooks with red hot women, ice cold killers, triple time thrills, and smokin´ jazz! Featuring a stunning cover by Adam Shaw, Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle delivers like a cool jazz ensemble on the hottest night of any year! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lance Roger Axt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063311/bk_acx0_063311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An unforgettable story of two courageous women brought together by one extraordinary little girl Betty Jewel Hughes was once the hottest black jazz singer in Memphis. But when she finds herself pregnant and alone, she gives up her dream of being a star to raise her beautiful daughter, Billie, in Shakerag, Mississippi. Now, ten years later, in 1955, Betty Jewel is dying of cancer and looking for someone to care for Billie when she’s gone. With no one she can count on, Betty Jewel does the unthinkable: she takes out a want ad seeking a loving mother for her daughter. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, recently widowed Cassie Malone is an outspoken housewife insulated by her wealth and privileged white society. Working part-time at a newspaper, she is drawn to Betty Jewel through her mysterious ad. With racial tension in the South brewing, the women forge a bond as deep as it is forbidden. But neither woman could have imagined the gifts they would find in each other, and in the sweet young girl they both love with all their hearts. Deeply moving and richly evocative, The Sweetest Hallelujah is a remarkable tale about finding hope in a time of turmoil, and about the transcendent and transformative power of friendship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005171/bk_brll_005171_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bryson Wilde, investigator for hire, lives in an edgy world where the dames are dangerous, cigarettes dangle from ruby-red lips and the nights are hotter than whiskey-soaked jazz. In this riveting noir thriller from R.J. Jagger, The Shadow File, Senn-Rae Vaughn, Esq., a beautiful young solo attorney, hires Wilde to conduct an investigation on behalf of her client that is so dangerous and against the rules that she can´t even tell her client it is being done. Almost immediately both Senn-Rae and Wilde are thrust into a staggering thriller of unimaginable consequences. Jagger´s noir thrillers featuring private investigator Bryson Wilde (The Scroll Lawyers, The Shadow File, Wilde Ways) are all set in 1952 Denver and can be read in any order. The third book in this series is scheduled to be released by Pegasus Book in hardcover on August 1, 2012, under the name ´´A Way With Murder.´´ Jagger is currently hard at work on the 4th book in this series. The ´´noir´´ series follows Jagger´s series featuring homicide detective Nick Teffinger. There are 11 books in the Teffinger series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David H. Lawrence XVII. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004908/bk_acx0_004908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Praised for their riveting, ingenious plot twists, John Lawton´s series of espionage thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard have an uncanny ability to place readers in the thick of history. Now an old flame has returned to Troy´s life: Kitty Stilton, wife of an American presidential hopeful. Private eye Joey Rork has been hired to make sure Kitty´s amorous liaisons with a rat pack crooner don´t ruin her husband´s political career. But he also wants to know why Kitty has been spotted with Danny Ryan, whose twin brothers, in addition to owning one of London´s hottest jazz clubs, are said to have inherited the crime empire of fallen mobster Alf Marx. Before Rork can find out, he meets a gruesome end. And he isn´t the only one: bodies have started turning up around London, dismembered in the same bizarre and horrifying way. Is it possible that the blood trail leads back to Troy´s own police force and into Troy´s own forgotten past? This compulsively listenable thriller finds one of our most able storytellers at the height of his game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lewis Hancock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011510/bk_blak_011510_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost): He plays drums in the All-Star Jazz Band, has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn’t know he’s alive), frequently finds himself sitting across from his school counselor (who bribes him with candy), and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute). Oh, Steven has parents, too (the kind that embarrass him). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven’s world is turned upside down as he is forced to deal with his brother’s illness, his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece, the band, overdue homework, girls, and of course, Dangerous Pie (yes, you have to listen to the book to find out what that is). In a debut that has won raves, Jordan Sonnenblick digs deep into the heart of a family in crisis with humor, hope, and impressive sensitivity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Johnstone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/002722/bk_brll_002722_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He´s always saved her. Now she´s going to return the favor.... Gray Duffy never thought he´d end up as the co-lead guitarist of Oblivion, one of the hottest rock bands in the country. Even better? He´s sharing the experience with his best friend, Jazz. Since the day she´d showed up as his family´s new foster kid, Gray has protected her. Loved her. And not just platonically either. After all these years of wanting her in his bed, he still doesn´t know what it would be like to have her mouth on his. Except for that one time. The time he´d shared her with Nick. The best worst night of his life. Now they´re living their dream. They´re making music together and spending every waking moment trapped in tight quarters. With success at their fingertips, the time is right for him to finally make his move toward the woman he needs. He just never figured he would lose control. Or that she would find out. They´ve loved each other through everything. But what if this time love just isn´t enough? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/042917/bk_acx0_042917_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.