Chesky Records

Chesky Records
Founded 1978 (1978)
Founder David Chesky
Norman Chesky
Genre Various
Country of origin U.S.
Location New York, New York
Official website

Chesky Records is a record company and label founded in 1978 by brothers David and Norman Chesky.[1][2] The company produces high-definition recordings of music in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, R&B, folk and world/ethnic.[1][3][4] Chesky artists include McCoy Tyner, Herbie Mann, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Joe Henderson, Chuck Mangione, Paquito D'Rivera, Ron Carter, Larry Coryell, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Babatunde Olatunji, Ana Caram, and Rebecca Pidgeon.[5][6]

Chesky Records also offers binaural recordings, which seeks to replicate 3-D stereo sound so that the recording sounds as if the listener is in the same room with the musicians.[7] They capture this sound using dummy head recording.[7] For its recordings, Chesky Records uses acoustically vibrant spaces, including the Hirsch Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and St. Paul the Apostle Church located in Manhattan.[7]

The company has a mastering studio in New York City, New York.[1]


Studio musician and composer David Chesky founded Chesky Records with his brother Norman in 1988. They began the label to preserve the sound of live-in-the studio recordings, without overdubbing original records. In 1990, they switched from recording in studios to recording in churches.[2] One of the company's first attempts at improving sound quality was the re-issue of classical pianist Earl Wild's recordings of Rachmaninoff for Reader's Digest.[8][9]

In 1990, Chesky Records released its Jazz Sampler & Audiophile Test Compact Disc, with the first nine tracks devoted to music and the remaining twenty devoted to listening and technical tests for headphones and loud speakers.[10] Other test discs include Dr. Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show and the Ultimate Demo Disc.[5]

In 2007, David and Norman Chesky also started an audiophile music download website called HDtracks. HDtracks allows customers to download high-resolution versions of albums in numerous formats (FLAC, AIFF).[11] The site contains many varied artists and labels.[12] In 2012, Crosby, Stills, and Nash announced that they would be releasing HD versions of its first three albums through HDtracks, and the company also released remastered titles from the Blue Note label, including John Coltrane's Blue Train, Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch, Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil, Horace Silver's Song for My Father and Larry Young's Unity.[13][14] Other notable artists include Carole King, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

In 2011, Chesky Records incorporated High Resolution Technology in their label,[15] and introduced binaural recordings.[2][16] The Binaural+ masters are captured in high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) sound using a binaural dummy head nicknamed "Lars".[7] David Chesky collaborated with Princeton professor Edgar Y. Choueiri to begin producing binaural recordings.[17] The purpose of the technology is to capture three-dimensional sound and imaging.

Chesky Records uses its own custom recording equipment and experiments with different recording techniques and formats.[8][18]

Awards and recognition

See also

External links


  1. 1 2 3 Nels Ferre (November 2009). "A Few Moments With David Chesky". Enjoy the Music. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Steve Guttenberg (May 25, 2012). "The making of "Dr Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show!"". Inner Fidelity. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  3. "Chesky Records". HDTracks. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  4. "Biography". David Chesky. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Chesky Records". Discogs. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  6. "Herbie Mann". AllMusic. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  7. 1 2 3 4 Jason Victor Serinus (July 31, 2012). "Chesky Goes Binaural". Stereophile. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  8. 1 2 Blair Jackson (February 1, 2005). "David Chesky: Eclectic Producer, Outspoken Audiophile". Mix Magazine. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  9. "David Chesky: A Portrait of the Artist as His Own Man Page 2". Stereophile. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  10. "Chesky Records Jazz Sampler & Audiophile Test Compact Disc, Vol. 1". All Music. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  11. "HDTracks". HDTracks. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  12. Julie Hill. "David Chesky & HD Tracks". The Berklee Groove. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  13. Jeff Tamarkin (July 26, 2012). "Blue Note Releases Six Classics in High Definition Audio". Jazz Times. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  14. "New (old) Blue Note on HDtracks". AudioStream. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  15. 1 2 "David Chesky nominated for a Grammy Award". Rockian Trading. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  16. "Two albums in one: Binaural & Soundfield". HDTracks. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  17. "David Chesky: "Dr. Chesky's Sensational Fantastic and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show!"". SoundStage! Access. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  18. "Matej Isak interview with David Chesky". Mono Stereo. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  19. 1 2 "Past Winners Search". Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  20. 1 2 "Complete List of Honors". Paquito D'Rivera. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  21. "Paquito D'Rivera - Portraits of Cuba". CD Universe. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  22. "World music pioneer Olatunji dead". CNN. April 13, 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  23. "Love Drum Talk". CD Universe. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  24. "Paquito D'Rivera - Tropicana Nights". CD Universe. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  25. 1 2 Ellen Mallernee (December 7, 2007). "Baldwin Artist David Chesky Nominated for Grammy!". Gibson. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  26. "48th Grammy Award Nominees, Best Engineered Album, Classical". Amazon. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  27. "Bebe Leads Latin Grammy Nominations". The American Society of Composers. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  28. "Complete list of 6th annual Latin Grammy nominations". USA Today. November 2, 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
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