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Reviews: Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone

Reviews: 7

Review by ravnspore May 22, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Ray Brown recorded this just before his death at 82 years.

It is amazing to hear a 82 year old playing the upright bass
as if he was born yesterday!.
Overall a pretty amazing performance from these 3 and the
2 "younger" ones have to play "hard" to keep up with Mr. Brown,
but they deliver fully.
Sonically another DSD marvel from Telarc, with the 5.1 mix
really bringing the players into your room.

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Review by RoelVanGils June 30, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Old chaps can swing. Oh, yes they certainly do on this album!!! With just the acoustics from the studio itself.

They used a dummy head (Neumann KU-100) as an overall microphone and three separate mic's for close miking. A beautiful, pure and natural recording. The only (very small) disappointment is the somewhat boomy guitar sound. This is the only reason why I gave 4 stars instead of five. Simply marvellous. Highly recommended!!!

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Review by willyevans October 18, 2003
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Excellent stuff. Not Brown's best, but since Brown WAS the best any just about any recording date of his was still better than the rest. Excellent sound quality on this SACD.

BTW - Brown was 75 when he died. Not 82.

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Review by lenw May 12, 2004
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This is a very nice album for jazz fans and I'm one of them. Tightly miked, but the recording is true to the location of the guitar, bass, and piano. This is one of those SACD's that will reveal any acoustic problems in your listening room. In fact, even though I have very good accoustic panels in my room, the guitar sounds just a little to bright on the high end. If you think the bass is too much, it's likely you need some type of bass trap in you listening room.

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Review by DeSelby February 26, 2005 (1 of 6 found this review helpful)
stereo sonics: top sound

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Review by tream May 25, 2005 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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The more I listen to this, the more impressed I am. I'm not a huge fan of the guitar as a jazz instrument, but Malone really swings-in fact they all do. Great recording-you can really hear the underpinning that Ray Brown adds (in some systems, as noted in another review, this recording might seem bass-heavy). Not cutting edge jazz, just a lot of fun to listen to. Recommended, especially if you like jazz guitar.

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Review by djcowboy February 13, 2006 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Now this is Jazz. The sound is exceptional (Telarc) and the musicians present a cohesive, uniformed set. I usually listen to a CD a couple of times before I critique the sound but hearing the pedals on piano caught me off guard. If any of you have ever been near a piano during a live performance you will know what I am talking about. The guitar is smooth, sweet and mellow. The bass like a Bear, smooth and seems harmless until the right situation. Then BOOM! thunderous (But accurate sonically). This combination works so well because the songs and artists are just right.

This is a session that changes temple sometimes with a dramatic/ overwhelming effect and sometimes it's more subtle. The dramatic works for me, after a quiet slow paced piece; My girlfriend found it disconcerting. She's not a big jazz fan but after sitting with me and listening to this album (Quite unusual) she got up and said "Now that's Jazz."

Telarc knows how to record these sessions better than most and on this album it shows. I hope Concord finds a way to combine the talents of all the Companies they have aquired lately and keep the great sound and music coming.

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