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The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (Speakers Corner)
Critics find this album rather difficult to evaluate. Their judgement ranges from a colourful mixture to a successful cover album to a masterly fusion and an homage to an artist whose life came to an end far too soon - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi had long been gone when this album was recorded in 1974. But it is almost superfluous to look back to the legendary Hendrix if you focus on the great Gil Evans. After such milestones as Birth Of The Cool and Sketches Of Spain it isn't difficult to regard these late audiophile masterpieces as a logical development of Evans's exceptional skill as an arranger.
When you listen - or rather experience - how the crystal-clear sound in Angel is heightened to an emphatic ballad on the saxophone, or how rich soulful vocals storm ahead in a funky style (Crosstown Traffic), or fluffy, cloud-like sounds are built up on the flutes in Castles Made From Sand, then it is no longer of importance who thought out the music. It is sufficient that it exists and is pleasing to all who hear it. It is also unimportant whether one reveres Hendrix's immemorable melodies or whether one pays homage to Evans's visionary soundworld: a recording such as this could only be born of the two.
- Gil Evans (arranger, conductor, piano)
- David Sanborn, Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)
- Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)
- Lewis Soloff (trumpet)
- Tom Malone (synthesizer, trombone, flute, bass)
- David Horowitz (electric piano, synthesizer)
- John Abercrombie (guitar)
- Don Pate (bass)
- Warren Smith, Jr. (chimes, percussion, vibraphone)
- Bruce Ditmas (drums)
Recording: 1974 at RCA's Studio B, New York City, by Bob Simpson
Production: Mike Lipskin
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Angel
2. Crosstown Traffic/ Little Miss Lover
3. Castles Made of Sand/Foxey Lady
4. Up From the Skies
5. 1983 - A Merman I Should Turn to Be
6. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
7. Gypsy Eyes
9. Castles Made of Sand
10. Up From the Skies
11. Gypsy Eyes$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Up And ComingGuitarist John Abercrombie - who has recorded as a leader for ECM since 1974 - returns with a second album by this quartet. Similar virtues of lyrical melody and harmonic/rhythmic subtlety are apparent with even more emphasis on the enduring values of song. The album showcases Abercrombie's liquid phrasing and glowing tone, with melodic flow the guiding light.
John Abercrombie - Guitar
Marc Copeland - Piano
Drew Gress - Double Bass
Joey Baron - Drums1. Joy
3. Sunday School
4. Up And Coming
6. Silver Circle
8. Jumbles$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ECM-5135xRalph Towner & John Abercrombie
Five Years Later"Something special happens when they play together" observed Robert Palmer in the New York Times, and the participants concurred. "Playing with John is one of my favourite things to do," said Ralph Towner. "I can play as much as when playing solo, and still get to ply my skills as accompanist. John is such an amazing person to play with that, even when he's playing intensely or aggressively, we somehow fit together and there's really no way that we could collide." On Five Years Later, follow-up to their debut duo disc Sargasso Sea, their improvisations draw on a wider sonic palette, to telling effect.
John Abercrombie (acoustic and electric guitars, electric 12-string guitar, mandolin guitar)
Ralph Towner (12-string and classical guitar)
Recorded March 19811. Late Night Passenger
3. Half Past Two
6. The Juggler's Etude
8. Child's Play$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TimelessTimeless is jazz guitarist John Abercrombie's debut studio album as leader. The album was recorded on June 21-22, 1974 and released in 1975 via ECM label.
John Abercrombie - Guitar
Jan Hammer - Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Jack DeJohnette - Drums1. Lungs
2. Love Song
3. Ralph's Piano Waltz
4. Red And Orange
6. Timeless$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RoomIn a 2013 Q&A with JazzTimes, Lage described the Cline-Lage duo sound
as "200 percent power," and that's exactly what comes through on ROOM:
an inspired collection of originals and collaborative pieces that runs the full
range from intricately composed and complex to free and spontaneous.
Cline builds on the strength of his previous duo work with the likes of
Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Carla Bozulich, Marc Ribot and not
least of all the late West Coast bassist Eric Von Essen. Lage, for
his part, has worked in duo settings with David Grisman, Martin
Taylor, John Abercrombie, Taylor Eigsti and others.
Producers: Nels Cline & Julian Lage
Nels Cline - electric & acoustic guitars
Julian Lage - electric & acoustic guitars1. Abstract 12
3. The Scent Of Light
4. Whispers From Eve
5. Blues, Too
6. Odd End
7. Freesia/The Bond
8. Calder$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now