XRCD24 Superior Audiophile Quality
There are classical piano jazz combos like sand on the sea. And the names Joey Calderazzo on piano, James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drumset don't cause a stir on their own. At least not if you didn't listen to current affairs in New York in the mid-90s. More like the name of the producer, namely Joe Harley, should cause a stir. This is the name that stands for countless excellent Blue Note recordings.
Joe Harley didn't want to just record a jazz trio with piano. And what does piano mean here? It's about the flagship of Steinway & Sons, which stood in Carnegie Hall for nine years before it found its home in this recording studio. In addition, eight other musicians play a hot set with a brass section and a wonderful guitar and cello combination on the first piece.
There is one more thing that makes this recording from 1995 remarkable. It is a complete analog recording on a Studer 820A tape machine at 76cm / sec recording speed. The best from Neumann, AKG and Sennheiser were used for the microphones. The combination results in a wonderfully smooth and almost floating jazz album with excellent spatial presence and a stupendous dynamic. Jazz for connoisseurs with a re-mastering by mixer legend Tohru Kotetsu, who was already responsible for the sound of the Three Blind Mice.
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