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
"Hootin' 'n Tootin'
(1962) finds tenor saxophonist Fred Jackson leading a quartet with organ, guitar and drums through seven of his 'soul-jazz' numbers. Though not one of the better-known Blue Notes, this album really cooks, and is sonically quite fine. The stage is wide, allowing the natural warmth and weight of the organ, tenor, and electric guitar to bloom." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
"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
"Fred Jackson's effort is a loaded Urban Jazz Funk set with an infectious yet melodious backbeat. The Sax, Guitar and Organ counter play will leave you, as it did me, with the fully satisfied goofy grin that is associated with musical ecstasy. The engineers and players achieved that rare balance of musical perfection, solid performance, elite skill of instrument, and sonic grandeur. The most striking element of the reproduction is the grind and weight of the Hammond B-3. This thing nearly sawed me in half! The tone of the Leslie and the action of the keys and pedals is absolutely in the room. So far, this is not only the biggest surprise of the Blue Note offerings but also it may well outstrip the other recordings, which are exceptional!" – Rich Brown, Klipsch Audio Technologies
"…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
In Hootin' 'N Tootin'
, the listener is afforded the opportunity of hearing numbers of a famous orchestra noted for its smart arrangements along the rhythm and blues influence. The moods expressed are in the "down home" and "down to Earth" groove. Under the leadership of Fred Jackson, tenor sax, the listener is propelled into the world of the new truth.
Wilbert G.T. Hogan, drums
Fred Jackson, sax (tenor)
Sam Jones, bass
Willie Jones, guitar
Earl Van Dyke, organ, piano