2xHD - Storyville Records
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Here are Louis Armstrong and his All Stars at two different locations in San Francisco 1954, doing what they loved and did best: playing Jazz of a quality defying description, and, as Louis would have said “pleasing the people”. These recordings happily capture Louis and his cohorts at the glorious height of their powers during two engagements (broadcast from the Downbeat and Hangover clubs) of the kind that often formed the All-Stars’ nightly round. Seldom, if ever, have Armstrong and his All-Stars been captured in more exultant form.
From the roars of applause that greet Louis Armstrong, every track on this album reveals the All-Stars at the zenith of their creative powers. From ‘Indiana’ presented with a flaring urgency, highlighted by an exultant trumpet solo outstanding even by Armstrong standards to ‘High Society’ which reveals the staggering form that Armstrong was in that night; listen, there is a carefree humour, which shows in a nutshell how to mix hilarity and jazz of monumental worth.
Such performances as this are seminal to Jazz. Like Louis Armstrong, music like this will never come again.
The 2xHD Fusion 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.
|When the Saints Go Marching In|
|West End Blues|
|Tin Roof Blues|
|My Bucket's Got a Hole in It|
|Indiana (Back Home Again in Indiana)|
|Big Butter and Egg Man|
|Back O' Town Blues|
|When It's Sleepy Time Down South|