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  Stockfisch Records -
  SFR 357.4034.2
  The Tiptons: Surrounded by Horns
  "Surrounded by Horns"

The Tiptons:
Jessica Lurie (alto and tenor saxophone)
Amy Denio (alto saxophone)
Sue Orfield (tenor saxophone)
Tobi Stone (baritone saxophone)
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker (percussion)
Track listing:
  1. The Penguin
2. Calder's Circus
3. Gypsy Wedding
4. Sahel
5. Vorrei dire due parole
6. After Before
7. Dreamsville
8. 12 Days
9. Crni Vlak (Black Train)

Total time: 49:20
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Reviews: 3

Review by Barb October 27, 2007 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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A. Denio as, J. Lurie as & ts, T. Stone bs, S. Orfiel ts, E. Pupu-Walker dr & per, Stockfisch 2004.
Five ladies with their horns and percussion in a live performance playing their own material mostly. What a temperament they have. The rhythms are often stomping, gypsy-influenced (what I don`t like very much), the performance sometimes comical (e.g. when they are chatting through their horns) and the music is for fun generally although there are some melancholic melodies and moments. The sound is good, rich of colour, good soundstage and imaging, air for the instruments to breath, dynamic. 4/4

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Review by Tube Man January 9, 2006 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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As usual, I am too busy to care about spelling, and this album did not impress me enough for me to make time to describe it in detail. BUt breifly, this is an all woman jazz band that has somewhat of a strange style. There are not vocals, in the strict sense of the word. THey make liberal use of short repetitive phrases and frequently, use the repetition to support a soloist. Their style, to me, is tolerable for about ten minutes, and after that I am through. THey like to make strange noises with the reeds, and sometimes with their voices. If you are in to that sort of groovyness than try them out.
Sonics on this recording are outstanding. Stereo separation and clarity are superb. This a Stockfisch rerecording, and a direct-cut SACD meaning that all processing of the signal was done in the dsd format. THis is certainly reference grade recording, except for an annoying low-level buzz in the right channel that exists in every track. I use it to demo my system all the time, in sort of a humorous way.

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Review by mlgrado October 12, 2014
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Very nice music. Interesting and entertaining. Reading the liner notes, this was recorded on a Sadie DSD workstation, and very obviously makes liberal use of the "DSD-wide" processing. The unavoidable sonic penalty, which is quite obvious here compared to true DSD recordings, takes a star off the rating.

What is DSD-wide? The white paper is readily available. If you read it, you know that it really isn't DSD at all. PCM-narrow, which many use pejoratively, is actually an accurate description.

To create "DSD-wide", the 1 bit, 2.8mhz DSD signal is filtered via what appears to be a 'moving average' digital FIR filter, followed by a second order noise-shaper. The output of this system is 8 bit 2.8 mhz PCM, with second order noiseshaping to increase apparent resolution. After all, 8 bits isn't a lot of resolution, but when you have 2.8 million samples per second, you can noise shape it to increase resolution.

Now some 'experts' out there have stated DSD-wide is multi-bit delta sigma. Actually, no it isn't.
It is 8 bit PCM at a high sample rate with noiseshaping. Which is fine. Especially if the characteristics of the FIR filter are desirable. And here we hit the REAL crux of the matter. I need to do more research on the matter, but the filter characteristics (ringing, impulse response) may not be any better than, say, DXD! Which actually would make a lot of sense when you consider that the current state of the art DSD editing system uses DXD rather than DSD-wide.

So, now you know. Never hurts to have some real knowledge to hang onto in the midst of all the marketing blather. I wish some more 'experts' in the field would let go of the blather, too, and shoot straight.

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