Bill Evans Trio – Sunday At The Village Vanguard SACD ISO (Stereo): 2,75 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,30 GB | Artwork Label/Cat#: Analogue Productions # CAPJ 9376 SA | Country/Year: US 1961, 2002 | 3% Recovery Info Genre: Jazz | Style: Post Bop, Instrumental, Modal
Most of the APO analog to DSD conversions are great, but this one is probably the best from a sonic perspective. And if you like jazz trio’s with articulate bass playing and a clear and purposeful piano technique, then you are in for a treat. This is a live recording set at the New York Village Vanguard jazz club with accompanying audience ‘participation’, though that never distracts. The Stereo separation is rather absolute left/right, with the piano in the right speaker and the rest in the left. There is virtually no center image.
It is said that the interaction with his rhythmn section and the prominent place he gives them is a hallmark of the Bill Evans Trio. The bass of Scott LaFaro gets the same attention here as Bill Evans’ piano. Every song is rich in texture and communicates the enormous skills of each of the players. There are many tempo changes and the playing just demands your attention. This is not one for background music, it’s far too interesting for that.
Unfortunately LaFaro died in a car accident ten days after this recording – one of the reasons for featuring him so prominently here. A second album was cut of this session. So if you want to re-live that afternoon on June 25, 1961, you have no choice to buy ‘Waltz For Debbie’ as well – some choice
One of the finest sounding Jazz SACDs in my collection. Expensive now (cira 2013), but it is a must have SACD. At first I thought there was a pressing error/glitch on one track, but I double checked the OJC Red Book and it is there as well. Every system update reveals more information from this stunning SACD. It will hurt when you shell out the bucks for it today unless you can get a good deal, but man is it so worth it! Highest recommendation. sa-cd.net
Bill Evans Trio – Moon Beams SACD ISO (Stereo): 1,57 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 730 MB | Artwork | 3% Recovery Info Label/Cat#: Analogue Productions # CAPJ 9428 SA | Country/Year: US 1962, 2002 Genre: Jazz | Style: Post Bop, Instrumental, Modal
Review by Thom Jurek
Moonbeams was the first recording Bill Evans made after the death of his musical right arm, bassist Scott LaFaro. Indeed, in LaFaro, Evans found a counterpart rather than a sideman, and the music they made together over four albums showed it. Bassist Chuck Israels from Cecil Taylor and Bud Powell’s bands took his place in the band with Evans and drummer Paul Motian and Evans recorded the only possible response to the loss of LaFaro — an album of ballads. The irony on this recording is that, despite material that was so natural for Evans to play, particularly with his trademark impressionistic sound collage style, is that other than as a sideman almost ten years before, he has never been more assertive than on Moonbeams. It is as if, with the death of LaFaro, Evans’ safety net was gone and he had to lead the trio alone. And he does first and foremost by abandoning the impressionism in favor of a more rhythmic and muscular approach to harmony. The set opens with an Evans original, “RE: Person I Knew,” a modal study that looks back to his days he spent with Miles Davis. There is perhaps the signature jazz rendition of “Stairway to the Stars,” with its loping yet halting melody line and solo that is heightened by Motian’s gorgeous brush accents in the bridge section. Other selections are so well paced and sequenced the record feels like a dream, with the lovely stuttering arpeggios that fall in “If You Could See Me Now,” and the cascading interplay between Evan’s chords and Israel’s punctuation in “It Might As Well Be Spring,” a tune Evans played for the rest of his life. The set concludes with a waltz in “Very Early,” that is played at that proper tempo with great taste and delicate elegance throughout, there is no temptation by the rhythm section to charge it up or to elongate the harmonic architecture by means of juggling intervals. Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major advancement in his development as a leader. allmusicguide
There is a storyline running through this and the other two Evans album – also reviewed here – that provides depth to the music. It’s of course about LaFaro, but there is more. When Bill Evans does ballads I always feel he is talking, and that takes listening to him to a different level. It’s not only a fine flowing, elegant piano piece – but let’s not forget the sensitive contributions of Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums. It has that something extra that is difficult to put into words. It invites you to really listen and it takes the ballad out of the realm of background music.
Analogue Productions has produced some of the best sounding piano on SA-CD, and this one is no exception. If you want to listen to Bill Evans’ story you owe it to yourself to buy all three discs (‘Saturday At The Village Vanguard’ and ‘Waltz For Debbie’ are the other two). sa-cd.net
Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:14 minutes | 1,26 GB Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet
The making of The Take Off and Landing of Everything saw the band take a new approach to writing and recording. Previously songs were mostly developed by the band as a whole, but this new album sees individual members and sub-groups take the lead on several tracks.
INXS – Listen Like Thieves (1985/2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:14 minutes | 479 MB Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
INXS’ fifth studio album masterpiece, Listen Like Thieves! Impeccably remastered from the original Atlantic tapes by Joe Reagoso, this modern rock INXS classic sounds as stellar and brilliant as you remember it. Featuring smash hits like “What You Need,” “This Time,” and “Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain,” the album would go on to become a platinum plus record. The original master recording features the classic line-up of Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farris, Jon Farris, Tim Farris, Garry Gary Beers & Kirk Pengilly. (more…)
Illinois Jacquet – Swing’s The Thing (1956/2014 FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:20 minutes | 1,38 GB Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
Illinois Jacquet was “foremost of the WWII-era “Texas tenor titans”, an influential figure in both jazz and R&B saxophone. “Swing’s The Thing” is one of his first recordings. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1956, it features Illinois Jacquet on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Jo Jones on drums. These magical performances capture the genius that was Jacquet’s playing, backed by a stellar ensemble. (more…)
Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic – Open Me (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:55 minutes | 548 MB Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital booklet Experimental / Progressive / Avant-garde / volcanic eruption
Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic is a French jazz fusion band, founded in 2008 by composer and sax player Guillaume Perret. “Open Me” is the quartet’s third full-lenght album.
At the helm of his cyber-tenor sax driven by a floor pedal, Guillaume Perret Electric Epic captain of his Quartet, transports us into a stunning visual and aural spectacle. The confines of a multisensory universe made of frenzied improvisations and striking reminders, near a jazz universe transgender exhilarating influences master New York John Zorn are felt… (more…)
Glenn Frey – After Hours (2012) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:39 minutes | 958 MB Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet
Six-time Grammy Award winner and iconic guitarist of The Eagles, Glenn Frey, releases his first solo album in over seventeen years. After Hours is a tapestry of influential love songs from the 40s to present day. This smooth and rich collection focuses on the core essence of each song, showcasing Frey’s growth both as a vocalist and an interpreter. The album highlighted by Frey’s effortless swooning includes the pop standards, “Route 66,” “The Look of Love,” “Caroline, No” and more. (more…)
Erasure – The Violet Flame (2014) [3CD Deluxe Version] FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 136:45 minutes | 1,55 GB Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
Erasure are back with their 16th studio album, The Violet Flame, an emotionally-charged electro-pop album with euphoric, synth-fuelled melodies that strike instantly into the heart. “The Violet Flame” Deluxe Boxset is available for Pledge Music customers only, and includes the album on CD and 24bit FLAC download, plus two bonus CDs: “Live at The Short Circuit Festival”, and “The Violet Flame Remixed” which is exclusive to the box-set and will not be available anywhere else. The theme of transformation and new beginnings is captured in the album’s title, a literal spiritual term meaning the transformation of negative energy into positive energy, freedom and forgiveness. Erasure enlisted the production expertise of Richard X after their successful collaboration on Snow Globe, and the tracks were recorded between his London studio The Toyshop and by Clarke in his Brooklyn studio.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – The Symphonic Ellington (1963/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:29 minutes | 1,55 GB Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover
Ellington’s revolutionizing vision of incorporating a symphony orchestra in his work unfolds with The Symphonic Ellington. This breathtaking recording is full of colorful arrangements and inspired solos. “Night Creatures,” the opening three part movement features Ellington’s effort to “make the symphony swing.” The ingenious album is a true highlight in Duke Ellington’s long established career. (more…)
Duke Ellington – Ellington ’65 (1964/2011) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:50 minutes | 1,22 GB Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover
Ellington ‘65 is an illuminating eleven-track album of standards from the legendary Duke Ellington. The album is among the very best in his career and highlights some of the most exceptional performances from veteran players like Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope and Lawrence Brown. With blistering horn arrangements, the ensemble delivers passionate and virtuosic performances on songs like “Hello, Dolly!,” “Never on Sunday,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” A must have for any music library. (more…)