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Audio Beat Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the May 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!
The Definitive issue of this classic Blue Note title!
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Mono or Stereo? Rudy Van Gelder first began recording Blue Note sessions in stereo in March of 1957. From then until an October 30, 1958 Art Blakey session, Rudy simultaneously ran both mono and stereo session tapes. The stereo presentation revealed more air, more detail and more sheer life than the mono. The mono playback was a wonderful remembrance of the old LP we all knew and loved. The stereo playback from the original masters was eerie. It was like going back in time to that day in Rudys studio. Quite simply, the stereo masters revealed more of what it was like to be there that day.
Why 45rpm? Simply...Because it sounds better! 180 gram pressings versus 200 gram? Music Matters, Lt. uses 180 gram pressings for the simple reason that they believe 180 gram weight is more than sufficient to provide a near perfect pressing. When Music Matters asked their friends at Record Technology Inc. for their recommendation to achieve the highest possible quality pressings their answer was unequivocal... go with 180 gram!
Upgrading Connnections at Acoustech! It goes without saying that there are many controversies and debates in the perfectionist audio/LP collector market. But one area of near universal agreement is the quality of mastering that emerges from Kevin Grays custom-built AcousTech Mastering studio in Camarillo, CA. Kevin, along with Steve Hoffman, has provided many of the best sounding new and reissued albums on LP during the last 5 or 6 years working outs of AcousTech.
Music Matters Exclusive! Music Matters strongly feels that these Blue Note recordings deserve nothing less than the finest graphic presentation. The Music Matters Definitive 45RPM Blue Note jackets are designed to last a lifetime, using ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock and thick, luxurious lamination... quality youll be able to feel in your hand the moment you pick up one of these albums. In addition, Music Matters has obtained exclusive access to a treasure trove of over 30,000 original Blue Note session photos from Mosaic Images for use in this series. The gatefold opens to display these session photos in stunning high resolution - four times sharper than original Blue Note jacket photos.
Hear what Michael Fremer, Wayne Garcia and others are saying about the Blue Note Definitive 45rpm Reissue Series from Music Matters, Ltd:
"Theyre BIG and open and definitely work in stereo because theyre not hard left/right stereo. The cymbals are so "chimey" and the skins so open! Even Rudy's typical boxy piano isn't too bad. These are going to be really good....!!!! (Real time reaction after hearing his first test pressing of Horace Parlans Speakin My Piece LP.)" - Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine
"Ive heard a lot of Blue Note originals and myriad reissues over the years, but based on the sample test pressings heard so far, noneand I mean noneconvey the intensity of living, breathing music-making the way the Music Matters Blue Note series does. The sense of air, texture, and dynamic pop in these grooves is astonishing." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
"Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers The Big Beat and Horace Parlan, Speakin My Piece. And if this is any indication of whats to come, I advise you to get on the list now, before this collection is sold out." - Albert Porter, www.positive-feedback.com
"The Music Matters 45s have all immediacy and add a free-flowing naturalness that is surprising at first but very easy to get used to." - Marc Mickelson, www.soundstage.com
"It is debatable whether Wayne Shorter's towering compositional skills surpassed his playing, but there is no question that JuJu, which features all Shorter originals, is one of his most important recordings. The lineup was distinguished, including John Coltrane's rhythm section -- Elvin Jones on drums and Reggie Workman on bass -- along with McCoy Tyner on piano...the sound achieves tonal balance and low-end weight that are appropriate to modern wide-bandwidth audio equipment, while original pressings will sound brighter and leaner in comparison. Also typical are the quiet pressings and gorgeous high-gloss sleeves." - John Crossett, www.theaudiobeat.com
Alfred Lion recorded many superb tenor saxophonist's through the years including Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Tina Brooks and Joe Henderson. However, by any measure Wayne Shorter must be considered one of the most original and advanced voices on his instrument. In addition to his playing skill, Wayne Shorter is equally acclaimed as one of the most brilliant composers in jazz. Wayne's improvising style and complex yet magical compositions, were entirely his own. After an important association with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Shorter, in 1964 became a member of Miles Davis' second great quintet (also featuring Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.) Right about this time in 1964 Shorter recorded Ju Ju, with (instead of his associates in the Davis' band) the band of John Coltrane at that time, the great McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass and poly-rhythmic sensation Elvin Jones on drums. Juju is a bold statement that pointed towards the future of jazz. Ju Ju, in addition to the playing of this stellar musical cast contains such brilliant Shorter compositions as "House Of Jade," "Mahjong," "Yes Or No" and "Twelve More Bars To Go." Juju is a not-to-be-missed look into the amazing talent of Wayne Shorter.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!
Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech
Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!
Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI
Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets
Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution
Elvin Jones, drums
Wayne Shorter, tenor sax
McCoy Tyner, piano
Reggie Workman, bass
3. House Of Jade
5. Yes Or No
6. Twelve More Bars To Go
"The albums are being cut at 45 RPM for maximum quality by Kevin Gray and me using our full ANALOG disk cutting system; most studios cannot even cut vinyl in 100% true analog anymore (they convert to digital first) but we can. The original Rudy Van Gelder engineered stereophonic session tapes are used when we master these gems. The sound quality is amazing on our test cuts. Like from heaven. First totally uncompressed versions of these jazz classics that Ive ever heard and trust me, you will be impressed; they sound like no other releases of this music."
"The sound is lifelike, the horns are in the room with you. Our non-invasive mastering insures the true breath of life on these original Van Gelder session tapes is transferred to the virgin vinyl with absolute authenticity. It is like hearing these BLUE NOTE masterpieces for the first time and that is NO exaggeration. When we heard the first lacquer acetate playback from our first mastering session I thought Joe Harley was going to pee in his pants he was so excited. Actually we all were; after 50 years of many lackluster and some downright bad sounding versions of these albums, hearing the real deal is a humbling experience, even for us hardened music veterans. You will be able to listen to the music exactly like we did..." - Steve Hoffman