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Great recording & transfer..must own this one....
I am not a musical sound specialist but this recording in DSD really brings me into a "real setting" of the performing site. I haven't had a chance to be in such a site listening to Jazz music with the musicians on the stage but this piece of DSD file does give such a sense of the real setting in which, as if I was seating there and listening to their notes flowing out from their instruments... Great job, guys!
Contrary to what you think, it is not enough to put together excellent musicians supported by a great band to obtain the certainty of the result. In addition, other ingredients that go well beyond the undisputed technical qualities and that contribute to creating that mix of empathy and fundamental complicity in artistic performances. Here we are exactly in the event that everything worked perfectly, the whole as individuals have been able to put their best qualities into practice by creating a disco that is simply listening pleasure. In this sense, in addition to the work of excellent mastery put in place by Ellington and Hodges the ability to dialogue with a quality granted alone to the greats, it is significant to mention the performance of the trumpeter Harry Edison who had played in the Count Basie's orchestra on which "only" in Basin Street Blues is simply wonderful. Such a masterpiece required a transfer that would do full justice to the artistic content: fortunately the work done by Norman Granz, head of production and recording, is to be promoted with flying colors. The soundstage is striking, able to give a plastic return to the presence of the artists on the sound stage. Accomplice in this sense is also the extremely refined detail, able to also appreciate the tonal nuances of the instruments in play in a balance of macro and microdynamics decidedly at an audiophile level. The tonal balance is resolved in an exemplary way and the dynamics also impress with its amplitude and speed. strappoacusticohiend.weebly.com
When two great performer, united with great musicians, give the best of their mastery!
Title: Back To Back
Artist(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope
Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges
Bass – Al Hall, Sam Jones
Drums – Jo Jones
Guitar – Les Spann
Piano – Duke Ellington
Trumpet – Harry Edison
Recording Info: Recorded by Verve Records February 20 & 26, 1959
1 Wabash Blues 6:31
2 Basin Street Blues 8:06
3 Beale Street Blues 7:39
4 Weary Blues 6:59
5 St Louis Blues 5:51
6 Loveless Love 7:13
7 Royal Garden Blues 5:24
Total Time: 42:19