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Various Artists - The Sound Of Jazz Hybrid SACD - direct audio

Various Artists - The Sound Of Jazz Hybrid SACD

Analogue Productions

  • $ 2998


Various Artists The Sound Of Jazz Hybrid SACD

Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, from the original 3-track tape

"The only reason Classic Records failed to reissue this one back in the 1990s and 2000s is because the reel containing one side had gone missing. For this reissue Sony/BMG located the original 3 track recording from which this stereo record was sourced so it's one generation ahead of the mixed two track master. This tape probably hadn't been played in almost sixty years and so sounds remarkably fresh. ... Analogue Productions reissued this in a tip-on gatefold sleeve with great black and white photos taken at the recording session of Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Ben Webster.

A moment in musical time perfectly captured that's easy to recommend for the music, the sound and the packaging. The reissue sound is somewhat drier than the original, which makes it all the more intimate and less dated. A great lacquer cut by Ryan K. Smith." — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Fremer's full review, click here.

This Hybrid Stereo Analogue Productions SACD reissue is a magnificent-sounding recording of a historic TV event. For a rare and glorious one-hour nationwide broadcast, CBS brought together 32 towering heavyweight jazz musicians of the swing era for the jam session to end all jam sessions.

The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, live from CBS Studio 58, the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City. The show was hosted by New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby, directed by Jack Smight, and produced by Robert Herridge. Jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Whitney Balliett were the primary music consultants.

For this Analogue Productions reissue we started with the original tape and the best mastering available — Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound did a steller job; Gus Skinas prepared the disc masters at the Super Audio Center in Boulder, CO.

The show's performance of "Fine and Mellow" reunited Billie Holiday with her estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in the group with Holiday.

During the performance of "Fine and Mellow", Webster played the first solo. "Then", Hentoff remembered: "Lester got up, and he played the purest blues I have ever heard, and (he and Holiday) were looking at each other, their eyes were sort of interlocked, and she was sort of nodding and half-smiling. It was as if they were both remembering what had been - whatever that was. And in the control room we were all crying. When the show was over, they went their separate ways."

Within two years, both Young and Holiday had died.

Various Artists The Sound Of Jazz Track Listing:

1. Wild Man Blues - Henry 'Red' Allen All-Stars
2. Rosetta - Henry 'Red' Allen And His Orchestra
3. Fine And Mellow - Billie Holiday with Mal Waldron & The All Stars
4. Blues - Jimmy Giuffre/Pee Wee Russell
5. I Left My Baby - Count Basie with All-Stars featuring Jimmy Rushing
6. The Train And The River - Jimmy Giuffre Trio
7. Nervous - Mal Waldron
8. Dickie's Dream - Count Basie with All-Stars


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