Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Ken_McAlinden, Apr 27, 2015.
Irreversible Entanglements - S/T
Booker Ervin - Texbook Tenor
LP 1 (side 2 original recording quality is to die for, side 1 merely good, musically it was excellent throughout)
From 2003, and a typically strong showing. Rudy Van Gelder recorded, mixed and mastered this - so as expected it has his trademark sound all over it (boxy piano sound etc), never bothered me and kind of part of the charm but I know it rubs many the wrong way so thought I'd mention it.
I'm still mourning the loss of John Abercrombie. Such a great musician. I was listening to this one, rather obscure but excellent, earlier this week in tribute:
On tiny Rank Records, this is a very nicely recorded date, sounds like it may have been planned for a major-label release but then perhaps someone passed on it. Pity if so, because it is outstanding. Organist Palmer is very much in the Larry Young school, a very good thing from where I sit, and he meshes well with Abercrombie and Lewis (with whom he'd recorded previously , for Joe Harley's AudioQuest label) and the wild card, youngster Devin Garramone (a tasty tenor player with a big sound who I'd never heard of before). When this was released (2005) Abercrombie had come to favor a rather pure/unadorned sound on electric, eschewing the slight edge of overdrive/distortion with chorus he'd embraced for so long. Tonally, he never ever really seemed satisfied, changing his prevailing sound several times over the course of his career. But his phrasing and touch were always unmistakable and individual. I miss him on the scene.
LEE KONITZ MEETS JIMMY GIUFFRE / VERVE / 1959 / JAPANESE MINI LP DSD CD UCCV-9328
PERSONNEL: LEE KONITZ, HAL MCKUSIK (ALTO SAXOPHONES); WARNE MARSH, TED BROWN (TENOR SAXOPHONES); JIMMY GIUFFRE (BARITONE SAXOPHONE); BILL EVANS (PIANO); BUDDY CLARK (BASS); RONNIE FREE (DRUMS)
TECHNICAL: RECORDED MAY 12 AND 13, 1959. COVER PHOTOS BY BILL ROTSLER AND CHUCK STEWART. LINER NOTES BY JIMMY GIUFFRE.
Prompted by DR J's post.
Got four of them. Played these today. Had my eye on the Lou Donaldson for quite a while and took a sale for me to commit. The Dexter Gordon replaces my 1997 Capitol pressing and it sounds better too. Tomorrow Grant Green - Grantstand and Joe Henderson - Page One.
Lou Donaldson - Blues Walk
Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone; Herman Foster, piano; Peck Morrison, bass; Dave Bailey, drums; Ray Barretto, conga.
(Analog Productions 45)
Dexter Gordon - Go
Dexter Gordon , tenor saxophone; Sonny Clark, piano; Butch Warren, bass; Billy Higgins, drums.
(Analog Productions 45)
Interesting how the Music Matters reissues highs are tipped up compared to the rather subdued sound of the Analog Productions. I've become curious about this since I previously purchased three other AP 45rpm titles (Hank Mobley - Workout, Lou Donaldson - Sunny Side Up and Dexter Gordon's Dexter Calling) and experienced the same mellow high end. Curious because these reissues were mastered by the same engineers, Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman.
Billie Holiday: All Or Nothing At All
Billie Holiday – vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison – trumpet
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Jimmy Rowles – piano
Barney Kessel – guitar
Red Mitchell – bass
Joe Mondragon – bass
Alvin Stoller – drums
Recorded at two sessions in August '56 and January '57 and sounding just loverly, wonderful to hear the cues that bring a living presence to something and someone so long gone. Or not gone.
Nice. I decided to focus on SACD this time out, having so much new vinyl to clean and get to, such problems eh? The Grant Green and Henderson are so good, Pete LaRoca on Page One! The Dex and Henderson were also recently done by MM as 33's too.
Are you comparing 45 to 45? Because SH was not involved in the MM 33 campaign, which seems to get the most commentary regarding tipped-up top end.
Resonance LP's, despite their digital provenance, are indeed worth it, unless you're talking about some ridiculously priced RSD flipper purchase. However, the Resonance CD's all sound great, source dependent of course. Unless you're going for simple cost savings or instant gratification I'd at least spring for the CD's. No label right now is putting out better CD packaging (for most of their releases) and they put the majors like BN and impulse! to shame. Excellent pix, liners, etc. If you like the artefact, get the CD's at least. And definitely get the ORTF/Paris set, amazingly good, although I don;t think that is part of the sale yes? It has yet to be released on CD. The vinyl is top shelf. Smikin' In Seatle is great on both formats, I think the LP is sold out, an RSD release. One Night is also great, unfamiliar with "In The Beginning". So, LSS....get them all. Lots of good choices there beside the Wes too. You have the Larry Young and Evans stuff at least yes?
Yes, I have a number of MM 45s and compared to the APs they have a more pronounced top end. Can't make a recording for recording comparison but definitely a brand for brand one .
LY is already in the cart because it's been on my "to buy" list since release. Also in the cart is the live Hubbard, so wanted to add another Wes title and maybe the Coffey too. I've got the Black Forest/Hilversun Evans titles already so just getting different artists this time around. Good to know about the LPs. I've heard mixed reviews before on them which is why I lean digi for this purchase.
Bud Powell - Bouncing With Bud
Bud Powell, piano; Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass; William Schiopffe, drums.
This might fit well right here...
From the CBC Radios's Day 6 with Brent Bambury: 'It was pretty radical': Charlie Brown Christmas drummer reflects on iconic soundtrack.
Awesome read. Thanks for posting
Yeah, that was nice! For a guy who put the sticks down for 48 years he could really ride that stride in the Lucy & Linus video! Thanks for posting.
Grant Green - Grantstand
Grant Green, guitar; Yusef Lateef, tenor saxophone, flute; Jack McDuff, organ; Al Harwood, drums.
Joe Henderson - Page One
Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone; Kenny Dorham, trumpet; McCoy Tyner, piano; Butch Warren, bass; Pete LaRoca, drums.
Felt so good after those two I had to play some Miles Davis:
Miles Davis - Sorcerer
Miles Davis, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Anthony Williams, drums.
Joe Henderson - Page One
Just because it's freakin' awesome.....
And ya know, I believe the only difference between the two were the producer. And it's more likely that Harley/Rambach were on-site for any sessions due to proximity.
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