"…The publicity about this new effort frankly struck me at first as too good to be true. But it's true. I'm waiting with baited breath to hear what they can do with, say, a jazz vocal ensemble, a saxophone quintet, a big band, a chorus, even a symphony!" – John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
"…a remarkable new demonstration disc, Blue Cost Collection: The E.S.E. Sessions
(SACD, Blue Coast BCRSA 1012a). Clearly intended to show off the talents of the recording engineers-producers, Cookie Marenco and Jean-Claude Reynaud, The E.S.E. Sessions
is a spectacularly natural presentation of acoustic instruments and voices in a rich, defining ambience that envelops the listener…The folky language most of them spoke is not my usual dialect, but it was impossible not to be engaged when the message was so immediate and personal. And don't miss the last track, which features Glen Moore's bowed double bass and a curious whisper." – Kalman Robinson, www.stereophile.com,
"One of the most natural sounding recordings I’ve ever heard. Very enjoyable."
David Schwartz - FOUNDER OF MIX MAGAZINE
"The sound production is so clear you can drink it from the tap!"
Allen Butler - PRESIDENT, SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE, 1993-2003
Label founder Cookie Marenco, a five-time Grammy nominated producer/engineer, has developed a patented-pending surround sound recording technique called Extended Sound Environment (ESE) that creates a holographic sonic image. ESE makes use of room and direct microphone placement to optimize full tonal response from the instruments and character of the room. Marenco assembled a cast of world-class engineers and technicians noted for their commitment to audio excellence. The disc features the work of 10 acoustic artists of various styles, and each recording used only the highest quality gear, including silver cabling throughout the process. No headphones, digital effects or overdubs were used. And while the musicians are relatively unknown, they are of top caliber and were hand picked for their performance abilities.
TRANSLATION: This is an audiophile release of the highest possible standards, acoustic music in its most lifelike form.