Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio From Original Master Tape!
Produced By Music Matters' Joe Harley!
Pressed at RTI!
Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: "Tone Poet" Joe Harleyco-founder and co-producer of the acclaimed Music Matters audiophile vinyl seriesis the producer of this new series of all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastering was done by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) and vinyl was manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The titles were handpicked by Harley and cover lesser-known Blue Note classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note catalog.
Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180 gm audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. This is IT.
The album, recorded in 1958 and originally released via World Pacific, by Gil Evans one of the most innovative arrangers in jazz. Evans' orchestra on this session is packed with a superb set of players, including Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Paul Chambers and Johnny Coles. Sourced from a previously unknown analog stereo master, the incredible session comes in the highest fidelity on this Tone Poet LP. Blue Note Records' Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging, with vinyl manufactured at RTI.
"The titles for the Tone Poet series, handpicked by Harley with input from Blue Note president Don Was, cover lesser-known releases from both the classic and modern Blue Note eras as well as labels like Pacific Jazz, World Pacific, and Solid State... Gil Evans' 1958 album, New Bottle, Old Wine, is an overlooked masterpiece. Sandwiched between Evans' landmark collaborations with Miles Davis in 1957 (Miles Ahead) and 1959 (Porgy & Bess), it was originally issued on Pacific Jazz. Evans' second album as a leader features his 14-piece band on polished renditions of W.C. Handy's 'St. Louis Blues' and Jelly Roll Morton's 'King Porter Stomp', both enhanced by Cannonball Adderley's exuberant alto sax solos and fleshed out with Evans' unique horn orchestrations. There's also a dynamic updating of Lil Hardin Armstrong's 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue'. Evans puts a new suit of clothes on Lester Young's 'Lester Leaps In', with Cannonball burning white hot and guitarist Chuck Wayne chipping in a fleet-fingered solo, and delivers inventive takes on Dizzy Gillespie's 'Manteca' and Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight'. The album closes with a bristling romp through Charlie Parker's 'Bird Feathers'." - Bill Milkowski, The Absolute Sound, July/August 2019
"New Bottle Old Wine comes from Blue Note's acquisition of the catalog of World Pacific Records, an L.A. label that set the template for the cool jazz sound. This 1958 recording, though, is as hot as they come. Led by the arranging skills and piano playing of Evans, a marvelous ensemble runs through eight songs that were, even then, considered part of the standard repertoire. That included W.C. Handy's classic 'St. Louis Blues' and the Charlie Parker tune 'Bird Feathers.' Key to this recording was the inclusion of bona fide masters like drummer Art Blakey, saxophonist Cannonball Adderly, and secret weapon guitarist Chuck Wayne, all of whom toss gasoline on an already roaring fire with their solos." - Paste Magazine, Record Time: New & Notable Vinyl Releases, June 2019
• All Analog 180g Vinyl
• Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
• Sourced From a Previously Unknown Analog Stereo Master
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Mastered From Original Master Tape
• Pressed at RTI
• Deluxe gatefold packaging
Gil Evans, piano
Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophone
Johnny Coles, trumpet (1-3, 5 & 6)
Louis Mucci, trumpet (1-3, 5 & 6)
Ernie Royal, trumpet (1-3, 5 & 6)
Clyde Reasinger, trumpet (4, 7 & 8)
Joe Bennet, trombone
Frank Rehak, trombone
Tom Mitchell, trombone
Julius Watkins, French horn
Harvey Phillips, tuba (1, 2, 5 & 6)
Bill Barber, tuba (3, 4, 7 & 8)
Jerry Sanfino, reeds (1, 2, 5 & 6)
Phil Bodner, reeds (3, 4, 7 & 8)
Chuck Wayne, guitar
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums (3)
Art Blakey, drums (1, 2 & 4-8)
1. St Louis Blues
2. King Porter Stomp
3. Willow Tree
4. Struttin' With Some Barbeque
1. Lester Leaps In
2. 'Round About Midnight
4. Bird Feathers