DSD (Single Rate) 2.8MHz/64fs Download
Cover art included, liner notes not included
Analog 2-track mixes transferred to 24/192 kHz by Doug Sax
Converted to DSD from the 24/192 by Gus Skinas
A Stereophile Record to Die For!
"Top ten albums all time by a female jazz vocalist!" — CD Review
"(The Capitol Studios remix is) a dramatic improvement of what has long been regarded as a sonic masterpiece. It is a compelling reason to revisit this work with fresh ears." — Thomas Conrad for Jazz Times/Stereophile
Cafe Blue was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in early 1994 by recording engineer Jim Anderson. It was the first release Barber recorded for Premonition Records. Recorded in 16/48 kHz on a 32-track Otari machine, the original multitracks were then transferred and remixed in 2011 at Capitol Studios in Holywood, California. The idea was to reimagine the album, which had become one of the most widely praised jazz recordings of the 1900s, at one of the legendary recording facilities of the golden era of jazz recording, the late 1950s. Utilizing Studio B's remarkably warm Neve 808 console, which was actually the first Neve console in the U.S., and Capitol's EMT plate reverbs and live chambers, Anderson delivered a stunning reinterpretation that has become the standard versiion of this recording. The album was mastered from the original analog mixes by David Glasser of Airshow Mastering.
Cafe Blue itself is so special that it outshines its peers. This recording of an outstanding female vocalist won more than 15 awards of best reviews from international major magazines of music institutions. But the most important aspect of this disc crystallizes in the two songs for which Barber herself has written the lyrics. The down-and-out sophistication of "What A Shame" and the self-effacing wonderment of "Too Rich For My Blood," show a serious jazz musician exploring the emotional domain normally occupied by pop and rock artists.
|1. What A Shame|
|2. Mourning Grace|
|3. The Thrill Is Gone|
|5. Yellow Car III|
|6. Wood Is A Pleasant Thing to Think About|
|7. Inch Worm|
|8. Ode to Billy Joe|
|9. Too Rich For My Blood|
|10. A Taste of Honey|
|12. Manha De Carnaval|