Category: SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews

Erroll Garner – Nightconcert – Octave Music/Mack Avenue Records 

Erroll Garner – Nightconcert – Octave Music/Mack Avenue Records 

More than five decades later, a live concert of a jazz legend is released. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert – Octave Music/Mack Avenue Records MAC1142LP [7/13/2018] double vinyl, 79:34 *****: (Erroll Garner – piano; Eddie Calhoun – double bass; Kelly Martin – drums) Coming from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it was understandable that Erroll Garner would be compared […]

Gary Burton/Chick Corea – Crystal Silence – ECM Records 

Gary Burton/Chick Corea – Crystal Silence – ECM Records 

Gary Burton/Chick Corea – Crystal Silence ECM Records 1024 ST (1972/2018) (distr. by Universal Music Group) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 44:23 *****: This vinyl reissue of a Gary Burton/Chick Corea duo recording is stunning! (Gary Burton – vibes; Chick Corea – piano) ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) Records was founded by Manfred Eicher in 1969. At […]

Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours – Atlantic/Speakers Corner 

Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours – Atlantic/Speakers Corner 

Audiophile re-mastered vinyl showcases instrumental prowess of America’s greatest singer!   Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours – Atlantic 1369 (1961)/Speakers Corner (2016) 180-gram mono vinyl, 38:30 ****1/2: (Ray Charles – piano; David “Fathead” Newman – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Emmott Bennios – baritone saxophone; Joseph Bridgewater – trumpet; John Hunt – trumpet; Roosevelt […]

Ry Cooder – Paradise And Lunch – Warner Brothers/Reprise/Speakers Corner

Ry Cooder – Paradise And Lunch – Warner Brothers/Reprise/Speakers Corner

A classic 1974 roots album gets a well-deserved analog update!  Ry Cooder – Paradise And Lunch – Warner Brothers/Reprise MS 2179/Speakers Corner (2016) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 36:51 *****: Ry Cooder’s Paradise And Lunch was released in 1974 to critical acclaim. Backed by a stellar ensemble of jazz (with no less than Earl Hines one one […]

Andy Zimmerman – Half Light – Newvelle Records 

Andy Zimmerman – Half Light – Newvelle Records 

When beauty is paramount… Andy Zimmerman – Half Light – Newvelle Records NV014LP – Audiophile Vinyl – ****1/2 (Andy Zimmerman – tenor sax; Dave Douglas – trumpet – Kevin Hays – piano; Matt Penman – bass) Newvelle Records continues their third season of subscription audiophile vinyl releases with tenor saxophonist, Andy Zimmerman, and his drummer […]

Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records/Speakers Corner

Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records/Speakers Corner

This vinyl-remastering of classic Jobim is stunning! Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records CTI 6002 (1970)/Speakers Corner (2015) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 33:47 *****: (Antonio Carlos Jobim – piano, electric piano, guitar, vocals; Eumir Deodato – guitar, arrangements; Ron Carter – bass; Joao Palma – drums; Airto Moreira – percussion; Everaldo Ferreira – […]

Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records/Speakers Corner 

Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records/Speakers Corner 

Vinyl re-mastering of 70’s West Coast Jazz is compelling! Eumir Deodato – Deodato 2 – CTI Records CTI 6029 (1973)/Speakers Corner Records (2014) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 35:39 ****1/2: Brazilian composer, arranger, producer and instrumentalist Eumir Deodato de Almeida has established a unique musical career. His merging of styles include jazz, rock, pop, rhythm & blues, […]

Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 

Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 

Carlos Santana’s 1976 comeback album gets a terrific sonic upgrade. Santana – Amigos – Columbia Records PC 33576 (1976)/Speakers Corners (2013) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 41:14 *****: Mexican born guitarist Carlos Santana moved to San Francisco as a young child. He was already a trained musician, first in violin and then guitar. There is an array […]

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017)

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017)

A superior vinyl re-mastering of an iconic, political 1960’s rock band! Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA LSP-4238 (1969)/Speakers Corners(2017) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 44:19 ****1/2: The San Francisco Sound enjoyed a huge impact on popular music. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Big Brother And The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mother Earth, The Steve Miller […]

Renee Fleming in Concert – Salzburg Festival 2011-12 – Strauss/Wolf/Bruckner – Blu-ray – Opus Arte 

Renee Fleming in Concert – Salzburg Festival 2011-12 – Strauss/Wolf/Bruckner – Blu-ray – Opus Arte 

A reissue of 2 terrific concerts in a 2 disc set of dazzling video and audio. Renee Fleming in Concert – Salzburg Festival 2011-12 – Strauss/Wolf/Bruckner – A 2 Blu-ray disc set in 1080i video, DTS 5.1 sound – Opus Arte OA BD7235- TT: 190 minutes (1/26/18) *** 1/2: This new release is actually a […]

Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS

Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra/ Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS

Fascinating modern compositions, but I could live without the Finnish Rap Music Lauri Porra: Entropia and other works – Lahti Symphony Orchestra – Jakko Kuusisto cond – Hybrid SACD BIS 2305  (2/2/2018) TT: 83:18 *** 1/2 Great-grandson of composer Jean Sibelius, Lauri Porra began playing the cello at the age of six, but later switched […]

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records 

Wes Montgomery – Wes Montgomery In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recordings – Resonance Records HCD-2032 (2-CD box), 102:47 ****1/2 (Wes Montgomery – guitar; Harold Mabern – piano; Arthur Harper Jr. – double bass; Jimmy Lovelace – drums; with special guest Johnny Griffin – tenor saxophone) In November, Resonance Records released a rare live recording of […]

Freddie Hubbard – First Light – CTI 6013 (1971) – Pure Pleasure Records (2017)

Freddie Hubbard – First Light – CTI 6013 (1971) – Pure Pleasure Records (2017)

This vinyl recording is a wonderful addition to any jazz library. Freddie Hubbard – First Light – CTI 6013 (1971)/Pure Pleasure Records (2017) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 33:32 ****1/2: (Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, flugelhorn; Jack DeJohnette – drums; Ron Carter – bass; Richard Wyands – piano; George Benson – guitar; Airto Moreira – percussion; Phil Kraus […]

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler  – Praga Digitals 

Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = Orchestral works by LISZT; WAGNER; BRAHMS; SMETANA; TCHAIKOVSKY; STRAUSS – Vienna Phil. Orch./ Berlin Phil. Orch. / Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals 

Praga Digitals restores in stunning sound Wilhelm Furtwängler’s explorations into tone-poems and orchestral works that gain his sense of Romantic ardor. Furtwängler conducts Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances = LISZT: Les Preludes; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a; SMETANA: The Moldau; TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz and Finale from Serenade for Strings […]

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records 

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records 

Rufus Reid (with the Sirius Quartet) – Terrestrial Dance – Newvelle Records NV 012LP – audiophile vinyl LP – ****1/2 Newvelle Records continues to pursue the creative less familiar path… (Rufus Reid – bass; Steve Allee – piano; Duduka Da Fonseca – drums; with Sirius String Quartet: Fung Chern Hwei – violin; Gregor Huebner – […]

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet – DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam / Dimitri Vassilakis- Cybele 

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet – DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam / Dimitri Vassilakis- Cybele 

Thomas ADÈS: string quartets, piano quintet, DoelenKwartet of Rotterdam, Dimitri Vassilakis, pianist / Cybele  5.1 SACD with binaural tracks for headphone listening cat. # 261603 / TT: 58:10  (10/20/17) ****: This is a fine recording and performance of the music of Thomas Adès, born in 1971.  The composer studied piano at the Guildhall School of […]

Phillip GLASS: Glass Essentials = An 80th Anniversary Tribute — Nicholas Horvath— Grand Piano 

Phillip GLASS: Glass Essentials = An 80th Anniversary Tribute — Nicholas Horvath— Grand Piano 

Nicholas Horvath – Glass Essentials – An 80th Anniversary Tribute – Grand Piano GP752LP (distr. by Naxos) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 45:19 ****: Gifted pianist pays tribute to Phillip Glass solo piano repertoire.  Pianist Nicholas Horvath is renowned for his interpretation of Franz Liszt’s music. He has been recognized for many awards, including First Prize of […]

LISZT: Hungaria; Orpheus; Prometheus; Hamlet; Hunnenschlacht – Thomas Beeecham/Stanislav Macura/ Ernest Ansermet/Mark Erklär – Praga Digitals

LISZT: Hungaria; Orpheus; Prometheus; Hamlet; Hunnenschlacht – Thomas Beeecham/Stanislav Macura/ Ernest Ansermet/Mark Erklär – Praga Digitals

LISZT: Hungaria; Orpheus; Prometheus; Hamlet; Hunnenschlacht – USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra/ Mark Ermler/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Thomas Beecham/ Prague Radio Symphony/ Stanislav Macura/ Orchestra de la Suisse Romande/ Ernest Ansermet – Praga Digitals SACD PRD 250 384, 75:21 [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: The sequel to Volume One proves equally as stirring. For […]

Arrangements for two organs and percussion – Music by Josef RHEINBERGER and Modest MUSSORGSKY – Jörg Endebrock and Suzanne Rohn, Organs / Conrad Graf, percussion – HD-Klassic

Arrangements for two organs and percussion – Music by Josef RHEINBERGER and Modest MUSSORGSKY – Jörg Endebrock and Suzanne Rohn, Organs / Conrad Graf, percussion – HD-Klassic

Arrangements for two organs and percussion – Music by Josef Rheinberger and Modest Mussorgsky – Organists Jörg Endebrock and Suzanne Rohn – Konrad Graf- percussion -HD-Klassic SACD with stereo and binaural versions / hd-klassic 3D-001701 TT: 60:31 – Released August 2017 A spectaclular demonstration of audio technology with excellent performances It’s not often I hear […]