I found a JVC-XRCD I really like....Kenny Dorham "Quiet Kenny"

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. Steve Hoffman

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    I've been meaning to post this for a long time.

    The JVC XRCD of Kenny Dorham's "Quiet Kenny" sounds really nice.

    Actually, it sounds just like the master tape; no top end eq "air" added or anything.

    And when I say it sounds like the master tape, I can speak as one who knows because I had the actual two-track Van Gelder master tape with me in the studio working on the 45 RPM vinyl and as I listened to this XRCD and A/B'd them and they are darn close.

    This JVC-XRCD was mastered by Alan Yoshida at the old A&M Mastering Studio on LaBrea Blvd.


    If this sounds amazing, there must be other JVC XRCD's without that annoying EQ top end tweak..

    Anyone?
     
  2. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    That is a great disc musically, as well. I lucked into an XRCD promo haul at College Park's used CD store, CDepot, some years ago, and that one may have been the best of the lot.
     
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  3. GabeG

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    As far as I know Alan Yoshida mastered all of the american originated Xrcds under Akira Taguchi's supervision. All are uniformly excellent. Whether any top end boost exists, I couldn't say for sure not having heard the original tapes. However, none have ever bothered due to brightness.
     
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  4. Pinknik

    Pinknik Senior Member

    Steve, since the sound wasn't offensive, did the XRCD (per XRCD promotional hype) seem to do anything better, sound wise, as a process or set of parameters than yer typical 16 bit mastering? In other words, did it one up any other CD due to anything beyond the good mastering choices? Thanks.
     
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  5. Steve Hoffman

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  6. David Cunningham

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    "Quite Kenny" is one of my go-to jazz albums. I grew up in a household that listened to music most of the day. Jazz and Top 40 were the primary genres that I was exposed to as a child in the late 60s into the early 70s. TV was reserved for evenings only. This XRCD brings back great memories for me and I find it very easy and soothing to listen to.

    I see that Kevin is remastering the "Quiet Kenny" album and it should be coming out in the near future, hopefully. Do you think that Kevin will bring out anything new with his mastering? I will be anxious to compare them.

    As for other XRCDs, I missed the boat on most of these earlier releases. Besides the "Quiet Kenny" release, I really enjoy the XRCD release of Modern Jazz Quartet's "Concorde". This is another one of my go-to discs that I play quite often.

    Are there other early XRCDs that Alan Yoshida has done that you recommend?
     
  7. kt66brooklyn

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    Their release of the Ray Bryant Trio, from the same 2003 series as Quiet Kenny, is sublime. I have quiet Kenny on the AP 45 rpm set. This one will be hard to top!
     
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  8. Vinyl Fan 1973

    Vinyl Fan 1973 "They're like soup, they're like....nothing bad"

    I have this release and it’s a great listen. Very nice sounding indeed. I have quite a few XRCD’s and I’m impressed by all of them.
     
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  9. Vinyl Fan 1973

    Vinyl Fan 1973 "They're like soup, they're like....nothing bad"

    Alan Yoshida did Hank Mobley’s Soul Station On XRCD and that is one of my faves, simply outstanding.
     
  10. crispi

    crispi Vinyl Archaeologist

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    Indeed. Best digital mastering to date.
     
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  11. Radio

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    Any opinions on the Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard ?
     
  12. Steve Hoffman

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    As written here before, this is the one to get. Not Waltz For D. though.
     
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  13. Radio

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    OK. OJC for Waltz for D?

    Thanks.
     
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  14. Vinyl Fan 1973

    Vinyl Fan 1973 "They're like soup, they're like....nothing bad"

  15. David Cunningham

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    I am assuming that you are referring to the Audio Wave XRCD24 issue. I have all of that series so far. Impressed with Alan's work on these.
     
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  16. Vinyl Fan 1973

    Vinyl Fan 1973 "They're like soup, they're like....nothing bad"

    Yes, that’s the series.
     
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  17. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    Cool! I've never heard this, so it's now in my Apple Music queue "(Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)"-if I like it I'll have to hunt down the disc I suppose.
     
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  18. David Cunningham

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    KT, I was able to order the last copy of Ray Bryant Trio XRCD from Amazon, itself, which arrived today. I'm on my second pass through already and love it. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. Although my wallet might disagree.
     
  19. kt66brooklyn

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    Glad you enjoy it! I've had it for years, but I might think about exploring some of the other titles in the series, because the few I have heard are great.
     
  20. Tullman

    Tullman Senior Member

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    Which others have the annoying top end tweak?
     
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  21. ssmith3046

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    Great album.
     
  22. joshm2286

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    I purchased this pressing online and listened to a few tracks last night and wow I was impressed how natural it sounded when compared to the 1999 RVG CD. I know that remaster doesn't get good marks from some it sounds ok at best.

    Soul Station Audio Wave XRCD is the way to go imo.
     
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  23. Steve Hoffman

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    Reopened by request. Played this today. Perfect.
     
  24. Juan Matus

    Juan Matus Reformed Audiophile

    Wow I don't know how I overlooked this album. I have Afro-Cuban and Whistle Stop which I like. I am listening now on Spotify. The playing and composition are fairly decent, a bit generic, but solid. I think he gives a much more inspiring performance on Andrew Hill's album "Point of Departure" which to me to is a more original and ground breaking work and how I first came to hear of him. I wonder why Kenny is not more well known, seems like maybe more of a musician's musician?
     
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