Without knowing more about your tastes in jazz, it's hard to suggest specific SACD titles. For starters, check out the SACD's available from both MusicDirect and Analogue Productions. You should also explore some of the releases available from the Japanese label called "EightyEights", which is producing some very good, audiophile-quality recordings on LP and SACD. Analogue Productions was recently chosen as the U.S. distributor for "EightyEights" releases.
I recommend anything available from Mobile Fidelity.
Check out Patricia Barber's SACD, Modern Cool.
This is what SACD is all about, IMO.
Concord ccd2-9041-2- Chick Corea- "Rendezvous in New York"
Live DSD recording(they used the much talked about EMM Labs ADC 8-8 & DAC 8 MkII, as well as the DCS 904/954)-features Corea in duo settings with master vibraphonist Gary Burton, vocalist Bobby McFerrin and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. There are three trios: the "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" group with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes; Akoustic Band with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl; and New Trio comprising bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Jeff Ballard. Corea also leads a quartet (the Three Quartets Band with tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Steve Gadd); a quintet (the "Remembering Bud Powell" band with Terence Blanchard taking trumpeting duties); and a sextet (Origin, with clarinetist Steve Wilson, bass clarinetist Tim Garland and trombonist Steve Davis in addition to Cohen and Ballard).
I was surprised to find two new SACDs at the very attractive price of $20.99 CDN at a large Montreal retailer. The special price must come from the record company so similar bargains are no doubt available in the USA. They are reissues by Philips from the Concord label. The two are Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers "Keystone 3" and Stan Getz "Pure Getz". These are hybrids and 5.1. The music is great, the Messengers being more punchy and driving than the Getz, but what can you say about the Getz tone that has not already been said? I can't tell you what kind of job was done in multi channel since I am still in the process of figuring out which way I want to go with the equipment right now. At any rate: great music, very good recordings and all at a great price. Let's hope this is the start of more decent pricing on SACDs, the format really need a shot in the arm. Regards.
I was in the largest independent record store in the Detroit area last week. They were the first of any stores around here to carry SACDs. Now, well over two years later, they are selling a whopping 5 a week! As a result, SACDs have been moved from a prominent position to a corner of store that doesn't get much traffic. Also placed there are the DVD-As which are selling about 2 a week. Seems inevitable that SACD and DVD-A are destined to become audiophile items, pure and simple. This will keep the releases to a minimum. I mean, the best SACD can come up with is Dark Side of The Moon? However, I did have an interesting conversation with a 20 and 28 yr woman and man yesterday. They both said downloading songs off the internet is becoming more of a chore than simply buying the CD. This was especially true with the 28 yr old who then said he is downloading 1/2 of what he did 1-2 yrs ago. The 20 yr old said same thing but said she is also not buying many CDs, likes not "trashing up" her room with all those discs. Three years after SACD became available, I don't know anyone, outside my 3-4 audiophile friends, who has a player, and none who intend on ever buying one.
Who is the large retailer? Myself and fellow Canucks in Southern Ontario would like to know if they have a branch here.
Oh, sorry, Archambault. They have a chain of stores in the Montreal area. Don't know if they have a website. Probably do. Could be in French though.
Here is a great web-site from whom to buy SACD's
Go there, load SACD in the search engine and it will list all of their SACD's available. They currently have 770 SACD's listed for sale, plus other Audiophile quality recordings. I have bought from there and they do a great job. They ship fast, their prices are reasonable, they e-mail you with the tracking number. Check 'em out.
I agree with Rsbeck
http://www.amusicdirect.com/ Great selection, future releases and fast shipping.
Thanks everyone. I bought a few this week. Tried Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. Compared to my Vinyl record. Vinyl beat the sound hands-down. Bought Pink Ployd DSOTM. Vinyl better.
Bought two Diana Krall. Very happy. Sound good.
My sense is that it is 90's and later stuff that benefit from SACD, not earlier. I plan to start a discussion on that topic. By the way I purchased most of my first set of SACD from towerrecords. The FedEx 2 days free of charge.
Rsbeck- since you've obviously invested a lot time & money in this format, what Jazz SACDs do you recommend?
I am just beginning to listen to SACD's and I am still
waiting on my Dac6. I started listening to SACD on a
Yamaha s2300 Universal Player, which was okay. For a
little while, I had a Sony SCD XA777ES [1,600 used on A'gon]in my rack prior to giving it to my brother for his birthday, which was a HUGE upgrade over the Yamaha.
With that caveat -- here is a list of Jazz SACD's I have
(In no particular order)
1) Sonny Rollins Plus Four
2) Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Russel Malone
3) Chet. Chet Baker.
4) Bill Evans Trio -- Sunday at The Village Vanguard
5) Mingus -- Ah Um
6) Ray Brown -- Soular Energy
7) Art Pepper -- Meet The Rhythm Section
8) John Coltrane -- Soul Trane
I will have better information after I get the Dac6 in my
rack and get to listen to more SACD's.