Very Hot Stamper
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
by Brian VanPelt
I've been told that hot stampers are not a real thing. Well, this record seems to disagree. I don't know if I ever listened to a record where the drums were not only powerful, but you could feel each bass kick - and feel it like the drums were in the room. This album features the most visceral drumming that I've ever heard.
The rest of the band is really loud as well. Generally speaking, the piano starts things off from the right channel. I never realized how much Dave Brubeck pounded the keys. Any horns or other instruments fill out the middle. Everything is so vivid and kicked up to 11.
The vinyl is fairly quiet, but it won't matter when the whole band comes in as any surface noise would be hidden beneath the volume of the music. But, even when Brubeck is going solo in the right channel, for the most part, the left channel stays silent except for some tape hiss and maybe a click or two.
The recording is also crystal clear. Overall, this is a great rec