Amazing. Another winner. A must have.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Compared to my 33 1/3 copy of this album from just a few years ago, this one wins hands down. Everything is more spacious, the cymbals are startlingly clear, the saxophone fuller sounding. But the greatest achievement is how Gray and Hoffman were able to eliminate that middle dead zone when you are listening to the music, removing the flat, condensed sound of the overall recording. The music thunders, sounds actually rounder, with more space between the instruments. It's like how you are able, on certain car websites, to get a virtual 3-D tour of the vehicle from all sides. Here, Gray and Hoffman have done the same thing, only with music. They've literally breathed life into the thing, making it as if you were a fly on the wall.
Thought: I wish Hancock, Carter, and Williams had released more recordings of just the three of them playing together--they're interplay is, in my opinion, on par with the excellent Bill Evans' trios of just a few years before this album was recorded. Oh well.