Analogue Productions' Blue Note and Nat "King" Cole Reissues WIN A Positive Feedback 2010 Brutus Award!
"...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out!" - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52
"These are simply amazing pressings. I have no regrets whatsoever about signing up for this subscription. The folks I'd invited over last Saturday are by no means audiophiles, but they couldn't believe that they were listening to vinyl, or that recordings that were 40+ years old could sound so good. I'm working hard to turn them into vinyl converts. These discs are the icing on the cake!" – Tim Bingaman, Acoustic Sounds customer
"…I guarantee you've never heard this level of musical realism: detail and definition are second to none, and the soundstaging and imaging are jaw-droppingly holographic. Listening to these becomes a certifiable 'beam me up' moment and, best of all, the sonics are so 'grabbing' they make you pay attention to the music again – they are totally compelling." – Mike Quinn, JazzTimes
, September 2008
"…As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their hands…Back home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent me…I hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud." – Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile
, April 2008
"...these first five Acoustic Sounds Blue Note re-issues are pure bop genius...The best news is that Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman were keen enough to do nothing more than gently clean up the masters, bringing us even closer to the hard bop edge. The 45 rpm pressings that I received were all super quiet with every last drop of resolution from the master tapes. I had almost forgotten just how good Paul Chambers and Phil Joe were together as the backbone of these groups. I've always loved this music but I didn't remember it sounding this good! Hank Mobley offers us some brilliant sax bits on one of Kenny Dorham's finest recordings, Whistle Stop
and Dexter Gordon's performance blew me away as well. The biggest surprise were the Lee Morgan records. I suggest turning these up loud, since they possess unlimited energy and some hooks that will knock you out. Amazing! Just a small warning: Once you start playing these Blue Note recordings you will be hooked. The good news is that Acoustic Sounds is working on at least 20 more of these jazz gems. So make sure your turntable has a setting for 45 rpm, clean your stylus occassionally, and get ready to be transported to nirvana." - Dan Babineau, Tone Audio
, No. 14 2008, www.tonepublications.com
"I have just listened, in succession, to my mono and early stereo versions of each LP. I have purchased other similar reissues over the years, but find the engineering and pressing of this 45rpm/180 series to be superior to all to others. This is particularly since I find many new releases to be of inferior quality or handling during manufacture, despite being re-engineered and of heavier vinyl." – Barry Paulson, Acoustic Sounds customer
This is pure exceptional hard bop by Jackie McLean with Blue Mitchell, Walter Bishop, Jr., Paul Chambers and Art Taylor with all the wonderful elements of any classic Blue Note album: memorable compositions, strong solos and great feeling. But Capuchin Swing also finds the great alto saxophonist looking toward new frontiers with the harmoically edgy "Francisco."
Walter Bishop, Jr., piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Jackie McLean, sax (alto)
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Art Taylor, drums
||1. Francisco |
||2. Just for Now |
||3. Don't Blame Me |
||4. Condition Blue |
||5. Capuchin Swing |
||6. On the Lion |
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McLean Swings and hit's one out'a the place! posted on 04/03/2008
Reviewer: Miller Steel
|As I listen to this LP, there is nothing but music, sweet Jazz, Cool Bop, jam'n right in front of me. Not a pop or snick, no surface noise, nothing to detract from the experience of this wonderful music. The cymbals shimmer, the bass is deep and each note is clear and distinct, the piano sounds like it is right in front of me, well they all sound like they are right here, right now. If you like this music this is the best LP release that there is available today! At 45 RPM this just sounds so sweet. If you have the stereo equipment to play this source material on, this 2 LP set will not disapoint.
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