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Unlike all other prefixed CDs, while they universally claim to 'improve', Master's Match CDs are truly faithful to the producers' intent and don't lose fidelity in any aspect when replicated. Exhibit Records' confidence is such that they encourage the consumer to "take the test" and compare the vinyl against the CD.
Taking his Cello Quintet idea into a different dimension, Roger Kellaway expanded it into a Quintet and wrote a six-part suite of pieces, and converted this group from something between and beyond categories to a more jazz-oriented band. Kellaway's unpredictably eclectic spirit is given free rein.
The Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet made two albums for the A&M label in 1971 and 1973. The group's name presented a puzzle to some people. It seemed to connote four celli. In fact it was a chamber group built around the sound of one cello, that of the brilliant Edgar Lustgarten, and featuring the virtuosic piano of Kellaway, the powerful and sensitive bass of Chuck Domanico, and the rich, coloristic percussion of Emil Richards. Roger wrote all the group's music.
"The idea," Roger says, "was for it to be a marriage of wood - cello, marimba, bass and piano. Also, I wanted to prove that a band of that instrumentation had the flexibility to do anything. And I was afraid the drums would fill up the spaces between the instruments, which is why we didn't have a drummer."
However, for this recording, Joe Porcaro joins in on drums, creating the Roger Kellaway Cello Quintet.
"There is no other piece in our repertoire like it. It is an entity unto itself. It is essentially a bebop piece, and it may come as a surprise to people who are familiar with the other albums. But it should not be considered the new sound of the group. I just wanted to hear bebop by the Cello Quartet," says Kellaway.
"This Exhibit Records Master's Match Audiophile Series recording captures with astonishing accuracy all of the musical energy and dynamics of the original performance. The replication of our compact disc and 180g vinyl LP has been crafted to provide you with an exceptional and more realistic listening experience. Because the audioeXact(TM) system employs the minimal amount of equipment in recording and mastering, it enables the listener to get closer to the real thing despite recording and playback barriers, the very spirit of life sized musicians playing life sized instruments in your room. There is no need to hear this recording on the most expensive high end equipment to appreciate its sonic brilliance. The audioeXact(TM) process allows precise reproduction on every type of playback system." - from liner notes
Testimonials from vinyl mastering engineer and vinyl cutting veteran authority David Cheppa of Better Quality Sound:
"...then, there is this which is probably one of the finest blends of art, science, and technology I've seen. Exhibit Records has created a composite culture containing a most enduring and endearing recording."
"...it is simply a dream to listen to the result of this high art as it is portrayed in a most satisfying and enjoyable way."
"...I am speechless as I describe what can only be termed an Unrepeatable Miracle! It is the sort of recording crystallized in a moment of time, never to be repeated."
Uniquely designed Gatefold Package
Master's Match CD
180g Vinyl LP
Frameable Original Cover Art
Fine quality inner sleeves
Resealable protective outer sleeve
Roger Kellaway, piano
Edgar Lustgarten, cello
Chuck Domanico, bass
Joe Porcaro, drums
Emil Richards, percussion
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