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If you want a great example of later Ben Webster, this recording – splendidly reproduces Ben’s glorious, utterly unique rich sound. The audiophile recording in a small theatre directly to a two track tape recorder, is further enhanced through the 2xHD Fusion re-mastering process. The title ‘Gentle Ben’ was inspired by the warm and gentle atmosphere created by Ben during this, his last recording session before his death. The bluster has gone and he could caress a theme like ‘The Man I Love’ with tenderness. One of the paradoxes of Ben was that in person he was quite an aggressive man but in his music he was gentle, seductive and sensual.
Pepe Montoliu is himself a virtuoso but here he is the supreme accompaniment. If you want a great example of later Ben Webster, this recording splendidly reproduces Ben’s glorious, utterly unique rich sound.
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 with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier. 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 transferred into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD 11.2 MHz 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.
|The Man I Love|
|My Nephew Bent|
|How Long Has This Been Going On?|
|Sweet Georgia Brown|
|Don't Blame Me|
|Did You Call?|