I’m also interested in how to weed out the wheat from the chaff on Qobuz for web streaming purposes.
e.g. if there are 10 versions of a Bill Evans album, do I need to listen to all or most of them to decide?
Or look it up? What sites are best for looking up what versions of jazz recordings are the best ones?
In reality, that’s too time consuming and using it as a test track impairs the experience of that music by overplaying it or playing it in snippets and also by playing it to listen for the recording quality and not to the music as such.
just test a few albums and use the record company or producer or other signals as a proxy?
If you wish for a considered opinion try jazzjournal.co.uk
Articles written by those who have loved the music for years and offering a huge library of reviews and insight. No 100 jazz albums that shook the world in 1950 nonsense.
There is a modest fee to keep the old boys in beer but you can check it out before subscribing.
Sometimes I like to go on “ all about jazz” free online site. I buy Downbeat magazine from time to time.
But sound quality is rarely observed. So I would more go through google and search threads on the sound quality of an album which is debated on a forum.
An example, I searched “ best sounding albums of Paul Bley “ and google found that: