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  Eighty Eights -
  Ravi Coltrane: Mad 6
  "Mad 6"

Ravi Coltrane
George Colligan
Darryl Hall
Andy Milne
James Genus
Steve Hass
Track listing:
  1. 26-2 (John Coltrane)
2. Ginger Bread Boy (Jimmy Heath)
3. Avignon (Ravi Coltrane)
4. The Mad 6 (Ravi Coltrane)
5. Self Portrait in Three Colors (Charles Mingus)
6. Between Lines (Ravi Coltrane)
7. 'Round Midnight (Bernard Hanignen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
8. The Return of Olymbus (Ravi Coltrane)
9. Ask Me Now (Thelonious Monk)
10. Fifth House (John Coltrane)
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Recording info:
  Recorded at Avatar Studio, New York on May 26 and 27, 2002

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Reviews: 2

Review by DeSelby February 20, 2005 (2 of 8 found this review helpful)
stereo sonics: very good sound

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Review by Claude December 28, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I had first bought this album on a midpriced Sony CD. Surprisingly for a recording from Eighty Eights, the sound was terrible, with compressed dynamics and very muffled treble, almost like if it was recorded in a tunnel. The back cover of the CD states that "Mad 6 was remixed and remastered especially for US release at Sony Studios, Tokyo". So there was hope that the SACD sounded better.

And indeed, the SACD sounds very natural and dynamic, as can be expected from this audiophile label. It's a rather dry studio recording by the late great David Baker.

Musically, this album (the best I've heard from Ravi Coltrane so far) is a mixture of standards and fast tracks in the "M-Base" vein. Very solid playing.

I tried to order this JSACD from (where it was shown as available in 4-6 weeks), then from Hiroshi Tanno, my favourite japanese CD store (, and was finally able to get it from HMV Japan. It looks like many Eighty Eights SACDs are now OOP and getting hard to find.

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