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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  June 5, 2012

I compared this 4th SACD release of the 1956 "Ella and Louis" album to the japanese hybrid SACD from 2004 (UCGU-7039) The difference is quite important. At first, the japanese SACD sounds much more detailled and forward, but this is due to a big upper treble boost compared to the Analogue ... more
Sugar Hill: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 28, 2010

As with most Chesky "New York Sessions" SACDs, this is a very realistic recording. It sounds somehow dryer, more studio-like than previous sessions. On other sessions recorded in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, NYC, there is more natural reverb and the drums sound a little too distant for my ... more
Bill Evans: At the Montreux Jazz Festival        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 26, 2008

This is the 1968 Bill Evans trio (Eddie Gomez, bass, Jack DeJohnette, drums) in top form, IMHO his best recording from the late 60's. There is great interplay between Evans as Eddie Gomez, almost like with Scott LaFaro in the early 60's. The recording was made by Swiss radio technicians and sounds ... more
Art Pepper: The Way It Was!        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2008

Having another Art Pepper Contemporary album on SACD is great, but the choice of this album is unexpected and questionable, because it is a 1972 compilation of previously unreleased material, released during Pepper's long hiatus. It is comprised of a 1956 session with Warne Marsh and several ... more
Lee Konitz: DiG DuG DoG        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 7, 2008

This early (1999) single layer SACD release has now become a rare item. I bought it recently at a normal price ($20) on Ebay. The disc comes in a thick digipak box and an japanese/english booklet. It's great to finally have the lyrics to "Body and Soul" and "I got it bad and that ain't good" .... ... more

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