Joe, Ron, Kevin, Michael and I are pleased to offer this Music Matters, Ltd. two-record stereophonic 180 gram RTI manufactured 45 RPM test pressing set of the upcoming BLUE NOTE reissue of LD + 3" as engineered by Rudy Van Gelder and mastered by Gray/Hoffman. Straight from the true stereophonic session master tapes cut to 45 RPM without any further sonic manipulation. Scroll down to the bottom of my post to see a beautiful photograph of the actual Feb., 1959 TAPE BOX in the original A. L. handwriting. Also note at bottom of box where he writes "Mono made 50/50 from Stereo". (In other words, the mono version is simply a fold down dub copy from this tape). This is a killer album that I just fell in love with the first time I heard it. I play it open mouthed; tremendous blowing on this beast. Even if you don't know jazz or don't have a turntable you will want this nifty, rare collectible record set! See here: http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=126802 If you want to win this wonderful album, all you have to do is post in this thread. A winner will be picked sometime in early Feburary, 2008. Moderators are free to enter as well. More BLUE NOTE JAZZ test pressing goodies from MUSIC MATTERS to come soon! http://www.musicmattersjazz.com/ --------------------------------- Lou Donaldson - LD+3 The Three Sounds were a very popular group in the late 1950s/early ‘60s and for good reason. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy always knew how to lay down an irresistible groove, they infused every song they played with a heavy dose of the blues and they could outswing any combo while never being stingy with the soul. The same could be said for altoist Lou Donaldson. Influenced by Charlie Parker but a bluesier player, Donaldson in the 1950s held his own on sessions with Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk and Jimmy Smith while gaining a strong following with his series of Blue Note recordings. LD + 3 is a very special recording from 1959 featuring Donaldson and the Three Sounds really inspiring and pushing each other. Starting with a passionate version of “Three Little Words,” they dig into such bop classics as “Just Friends” and “Confirmation,” playing with plenty of heat. The mixture of bebop fury with soul makes this a true Blue Note milestone.