Category: SACD & Other Hi-Res Reviews

Hubert Laws – Afro-Classic – CTI Records – Speakers Corner

Hubert Laws – Afro-Classic – CTI Records – Speakers Corner

Vinyl reissue of iconic jazz flautist is revelatory!  Hubert Laws – Afro-Classic – CTI Records CTI 6006 (1970)/Speakers Corner (2018) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 37:29 ****1/2: (Hubert Laws – flute; Don Sebesky – arrangements; Ron Carter – bass, electric cello; Dave Friedman – vibes; Gene Bertoncini – guitar; Fred Waits – drums; Richie “Pablo” Landrum – […]

Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief! – Omnivore Records/Warner Bros 

Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief! – Omnivore Records/Warner Bros 

Reinterpreted “Peanuts” themes stand the test of time on Vince Guaraldi’s 1st Warner Bros album (1968)… Vince Guaraldi – Oh Good Grief! – Omnivore Records/Warner Bros ORLP-287 – stereo LP – 1968 – 27 min. – ****1/2 (Vince Guaraldi – piano, electric harpsichord; Eddie Duran – electric guitar; Stanley Gilbert – bass; Carl Burnett – […]

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 […]