Chesky Records

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Chesky Records
Chesky Records.jpg
Founded1986 (1986)
FounderDavid Chesky
Norman Chesky
Distributor(s)E1 Music
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York, New York

Chesky Records is a record company and label founded in 1986 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.

In 2016, Chesky Records released the critically acclaimed jazz debut of Macy Gray, which debuted No. 3 on the Billboard Jazz charts.[18] The label also released the debut album from City of the Sun, which debuted No. 12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts, would go on to garner over 17 million album streams on Spotify and peak at No. 2 on the Spotify US Viral 50.[19][20]

Chesky Records uses custom recording equipment and experiments with recording techniques and formats.[8][21]


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  8. ^ a b Blair Jackson (February 1, 2005). "David Chesky: Eclectic Producer, Outspoken Audiophile". Mix Magazine. Archived from the original on October 24, 2006. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
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  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. ^ a b "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. ^ "Macy Gray Chart History". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved Jan 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "City of the Sun Chart History". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved Jan 25, 2018.
  20. ^ Shirvell, Bridget (11 May 2016). "Fall in Love with the Acoustic Music of City of the Sun | Long Island Pulse Magazine". Long Island Pulse Magazine. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Matej Isak interview with David Chesky". Mono Stereo. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
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  31. ^ "Bebe Leads Latin Grammy Nominations". The American Society of Composers. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
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  34. ^ a b "The 15th Independent Music Awards Nominees". Independent Music Awards. Music Resource Group LLC. Retrieved January 25, 2018.