2xHD - Storyville Records
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Universally regarded as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the swing era, Teddy Wilson refined the stride piano tradition established by James P. Johnson and Fats Waller and introduced qualities of elegance, delicacy and finesse that earned him wide-spread acclaim and a great number of imitators
Whitney Balliett, one of America’s most distinguished jazz writers, produced a fine appreciation of Teddy Wilson in one of his New York Times columns in 1972 when he wrote: “Teddy Wilson is a marvel and we must not take him for granted”. He went on to describe Wilson’s “feathery arpeggios, the easy, floating left hand, the impeccable rhythmic sense, the intense clusters of notes that believe the cool mask he wear when he plays”.
The playing of Teddy Wilson on this album totally endorses writer Otis Ferguson’s evaluation when he said that Wilson’s improvisations are “so clear and lasting, so eternally unpredictable yet easy and right, that they rise above the common accepted habits of the medium and the time” – Mike Hennessey
THE 2xHD FUSION MASTERING SYSTEM
In the constant evolution of its proprietary mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION, integrating the finest analog, with state-of-the-art digital technology.
The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original ¼” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.
The resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD 11.2 kHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.
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