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  Analogue Productions -
  APJ 7532
  Art Pepper meets The Rhythm Section
  "Art Pepper meets The Rhythm Section"
Track listing:
  1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
2. Red Pepper Blues
3. Imagination
4. Waltz Me Blues
5. Straight Life
6. Jazz Me Blues
7. Tin Tin Deo
8. The Man I Love
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Review by tentimestwenty December 10, 2005 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I have long used this recording as a reference disc, both on LP and CD. I would go so far as to say that it is the best example of CD technology that I know of (the K2 version). So, when I got the SACD I was expecting a lot. I've found great merit in the SACD format. Unfortunately, the engineers at Acoustic Sounds felt the need to change the EQ and ensuing balance on this recording. They DID make it more correct tonally and the kick drums are more present, but as a consequence there is now a very annoying phasing problem. One might not notice this on many speakers, but on my Quad ESL-57s, phase errors stick out like a sore thumb. I wish engineers would not try to rewrite history. Did no one compare the various versions?

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Review by tream March 18, 2004 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I'm going to reverse JW's *'s and award 4 for performance and 5 for recording. This recording is a knock-out - a 1957 all-tube analog remastered using tube gear and then laid down on the SACD layer with EMM Labs equipment. It is natural, with great impact - Pepper's sax can be heard in all its glory left-center, and the rest of the band laid out across the stage. You can HEAR everything - the sound of the wire brushes on the drums, the bass drum resonating, the liquid sound of Pepper's sax and his imperfections (apparently he didn't know until a few hours before the recording session that it was on, and many of the numbers were new to him) and so on. I'm beginning to think that the best sounding SACD's (like Pentatone RQR) have their origins in analog. Anyway, the sound of this one just rolls over you.
This is my introduction to Art Pepper. Someone described his style to me as similiar to Paul Desmond, and that's not a bad analogy - cool, emotionally a little distant, great sense of 50's jazz style. I really enjoy this recording, but don't find his sax playing as emotionally involving as Coltrane, Rollins or Howard (to name 3). Still - recommended. Stereo only (and I'm for keeping it that way - recordings laid down in stereo shouldn't be artifically remastered into MC).

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Review by JW May 2, 2003 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This recording is regarded as one of the all time classics. None of the songs on this album were previously agreed upon by the band. They saw each other in the studio and basically began playing what folks suggested. And it was recorded in one take that lasted only 5 hours! The story goes that Art Pepper didn't even know about the session until that very morning on January 19, 1957. There is another interesting background story that could accompany this album. Stereophile did a fascinating piece on the session's recording engineer Roy DuNann in their April 2002 issue.

This is really sophisticated jazz with mainly standards and some bebop. There is nothing not to like on this album. The playing is beyond reproach: even all the experts agree on that one! Art Pepper plays the alto saxophone. His playing is not necessarily 'smooth' - though he can be if the tune calls for it - but I would describe it as pointy and full of soul. The band on this recording consisted out of Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums). They played with Miles Davis and John Coltrane in the fifties. The tempo is mostly upbeat with one ballad ('Imagination').

The sound on this analog to DSD conversion is excellent.

Note: The first batch of these SACD's has some track programming errors. All tracks are there, but the time counter plays some tricks. I have heard that a second pressing won't be ready until some time later in the year.


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