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    New Bottle Old Wine (Pure Pleasure)

    If you have admired Gil Evans' arrangements on the Miles Davis recordings, you owe it to yourself to check this out. These recordings help make the case that Gil Evans was one of the great jazz arrangers of all time. Gil Evans always manages to communicate with sophistication and nuance, and on these sessions he manages to have fun as well.

    This is a LP of Gil Evans re-arranging classic jazz standards like St. Louis Blues, King Porter Stomp, and Lester Leaps. It's so interesting to be listening to these records nearly 50 years after they were made. This was a 'modern' take on jazz tunes that even then were considered classics. Hearing them now, it's like listening to one set of Old Masters interpreting an even more distant set of Old Old Masters. It's a LP that you can enjoy as a peek into modern jazz of the late 50's, or as a set of very interesting big band orchestrations. An absolute jazz classic.


    • Gil Evans (arranger, conductor, piano)

    • Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone)

    • Ernie Royal (trumpet)

    • Phil Bodner (reeds)

    • Harvey Philips (tuba),

    • Bill Barber (tuba)

    • Chuck Wayne (guitar)

    • Paul Chambers (bass)

    • Art Blakey (drums)

    • Philly Joe Jones (drums)

    Recording: April and May 1958 in New York City

    Production: Gil Evans and George Avakian

    About Pure Pleasure

    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. St Louis Blues
    2. King Porter Stomp

    3. Willow Tree
    4. Struttin With Some Barbecue
    5. Lester Leaps In
    6. Round Midnight

    7. Manteca
    8. Bird Feathers
    Gil Evans
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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