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Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower Product No: ACTI 6002
Available: InStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Speakers Corner (CTI)

Great album; horrible mastering.

5 Stars
Posted Saturday, September 17, 2016 by Rudy (at Record Collector Guide) I only discovered this album just over a dozen years ago, having already known his other two CTi albums "Wave" and "Tide" (back from CTi's years under A&M's wing). While I found "Tide" to be a throwaway (short, and repeating some of "Wave's" thematic ideas), "Stone Flower" turned out to surpass even "Wave." It is darker, a bit moodier, a bit quieter and more complex...and a rewarding listen. (Astute listeners will find the title track was copped by Santana for his Caravanserai album.) Musically the album is a keeper. But sonically, this Speaker's Corner mastering is horrible. I do not know what they used for a source tape or in the mastering chain, but the entire album is plagued with some kind of compression. (Not brick-walled compression, though.) It suffers from a lot of "pumping and pulsing" in the volume level. Which is a shame since the record itself is pressed flat and quiet. Avoid this and get the ORG pressing for a few dollars more.


Randy Weston - Blue Moses Product No: ACTI 6016
Available: LimitedStock
Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Speakers Corner (CTI)

5 Stars
Posted Sunday, October 25, 2015 by Anthony First, I have to admit that although I have collected and owned most of the CTI catalog and attended several CTI jazz events as well, I had not heard of this offering nor was I familiar with Randy Weston. This LP was a very pleasant surprise. Recorded in 1972, the music is still very relevant and blends American jazz with exotic beats from North Africa. Weston has a nice touch on piano and the horn section of Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, and Grover Washington is, as expected, superb. The percussionists will tax your playback equipment, this music was very well recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio with a wide, expansive sound stage and black background. Another winner from Creed Taylor and Don Sebesky.



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