The indefatigable Hugh Masekela, South Africa's trumpeter/balladeer extraordinaire, begins his superb new release, No Borders with a typical Masekela anthem, Shuffle & Bow. He shouts, he charms, he bellows. If you're listening to him for the first time (difficult, after he's been in the business 73 years), it's an experience you're likely not to forget.
I sat listening intently during the 2015 Women's Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award competition. The musical quality was so high, I wished I was on the jury. However, my vote was a simple act. Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano. As he played Chopin's Sonata No. 3, I watched a refined artist seemingly at the top of his form. It was a brilliant performance. And it turns out, he didn't need my vote!
This list is notable for an omission rather than the actual list. The lead photograph, Peter Walker's ubiquitous Quad Electrostatic Loudspeaker  is the grandaddy of loudspeakers, the big cheese. Any list without it cannot be taken seriously, right? Well, I'll leave that up to you. It is an incredible speaker with a fanatical following and an almost royal lineage, but it would only make my honourable mentions along with speakers from Royd, mbl, Burmester, Vienna Acoustics, Rockport Technologies and a myriad of others.