... not laughing - smiling; had this CD in what seems like a lifetime ago, and forgot how great it really is. Can hardly wait to blast it with my MARANTZ SA-8001 SACD into my JOB INT Integrated amp, and out thru my GERSHMAN 20+ year old AVANT GARDE RX-20s.
THANKS FOR THE REVIVAL/RECOMMENDATION! YOU'VE GOT A GOOD EAR (IMHO - LOL!)
Best Wishes Bud - ENJOY YOUR TUNES!
Recently I have rediscovered Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair. Japanese CD. Outstanding! So good I bought the 180 gram German Pressing and the CD sounded just as good or better.
Also Telarc CDs are my go to. Just bought a re-recording of Victory at Sea and its excellent. Paid 25 cents from a flea market.
It's important to note; CD quality can vary widely, between discs. ie: My son has a copy of Roger Waters' Amused To Death, that presents a phenomenal amount of ambient info and imaging tricks(via QSound algorithms), when played on my system. I bought the same disc(same Columbia release/number) and it possessed none of the first's qualities.
Great thread, here are my choices:
Mark Murphy, Love is what it Says
Sara K, Waterfalls, on Stockfisch,
Both just grab you with the first bar and you know you will always love the CD. To qualify that, the first track on Waterfalls is a recording of a busker, so maybe the second track. Incidentally, Stockfisch is pretty much my favourite label, great artists and recordings
this subject matter for a thread never gets old nor outdated. It is still a wonderful topic open for discussion and interpretation anytime. Now, to address your initial query;
My reference disc: Jamie Cullum- Twentysomething- CD or SACD (2004) Verve label. Piano Jazz Trio music that is very well recorded, minimalist approach. An excellent disc to test both melodic and percussive nature of the piano.
I concur with your other selections as above. Let me know your impressions if you decide to pick up this title. Happy Listening!
I agree. It is a good topic. And yes there are many variations of it going in various active threads. But that's okay.
Most new music is being recorded in sloppy, low DR high loudness format so it is good to hear what is out there that is well produced and well suited to demonstrating what a good hi-fi system can do.
My two recommendations: Steely Dan's "Two Against Nature" and Mark Knopfler's "Tracker" are both sonically outstanding. I am anxiously awaiting Knopfler's new album due in November.
I use the dynamic range database to vet various CD releases and have found it to be a valuable resource. DR isn't everything when it comes to SQ but there is not much you can do with a narrow DR recording.
Stumbled across your post just now and will throw in the three that I am listening to this morning. Was in the mood for that sourcery that you are referring to - no walls to be found type of sound. Music and musicians placed across and deep in their specific venues. Today's three are....
Dave Weckl Band - Live (and very plugged in)
Melody Gaedot - My One And Only Thrill
Acoustic Alchemy - Against the Grain
+1 Jamie Cullum. Discovered myself earlier this year.
Listening right now to The Teskey Brothers "Half my Harvest". Sounds very promising. Try "Hard Feeling" and then "Honeymoon". Great NEW recording. Like Leon Bridges. THEY ARE STILL MAKING FANTASTIC WELL-RECORDED MUSIC.
Theres so many. Roseanne Cash made an acoustic "demo" a long time ago. Don't miss Radka Toneff, Eva Cassidy, Nancy LaMott.
Maybe they don't count but studio acoustic lives from Lynherd Skynherd, Nirvana, Alice in chains.
Guy Davies - Sweetheart like you
Bill Evans - Waltz for Debbie
Joss Stones - Soul sessions (first track is CLOSE)
Eric Bibb - Spirit and the blues
Jazz at the pawnshop
Featuring Norah Jones
A lot with Leonard Cohen
Cowboy Junkies - Trinity
Need to stop. Will be back.
Some of the 'cleanest' recordings I have heard are these:
1. Bach's Goldberg Variations played by Ito Ema on MA Recordings (https://www.discogs.com/Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Ito-Ema-Goldberg-Variations/release/10315736)
2. 6 Suites a Violoncello Solo Senza Basso played by Martin Zeller, also on MA Recordings
3. Evangelion 1.0: You are (Not) Alone OST (https://www.discogs.com/Shiro-Sagisu-Evangelion10-You-Are-Not-Alone-Original-Sound-Track/release/834...), except tracks 1, 31 and 36-38. Before any classical music fans clobber me with their spare Mahler and Rachmaninov records, of course I will say that this soundtrack is by no means one of the very 'cleanest' classical recordings in history, but to me the instruments are conveyed very convincingly. For that matter, Utada Hikaru's voice on track 31 is similarly charming, the 'pop' quality of the recording and production notwithstanding.
For testing purposes, I prefer live recordings. Since you mention "Jazz at the Pawnshop", I will add "Trio Music-Live in Europe" on ECM with Chick Corea. Also Patricia Barber "Companion", Allison Krauss "Union Station Live" and Diana Krall "Live in Paris".For small venue recordings the Opus 3 are excellent, even on CD.