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    Fontessa (Speakers Corner)

    The famous critic and jazz expert Ralph J. Gleason quite rightly mentioned two highly distinctive men in his liner notes - John Donne and Pablo Picasso. Almost four hundred years and a great deal of seawater separate the two exceptional artists from England and Spain. Nevertheless the four black US-Americans who make up the Modern Jazz Quartet bridge the gap between time and continents effortlessly.


    And what's more, blues is also to be heard - and bebop! And evergreens from the Broadway shows of the Thirties too!


    In contrast to some of the other rather more dawdling and laid-back MJQ LPs, Fontessa offers diversified and intense music. Nothing is routine, perhaps because the drummer Connie Kay had replaced Kenny Clark just one year previously. But maybe too because Milt Jackson's blues influence inspired John Lewis perceptibly to forget all about discipline. All seven numbers are true gems. But if you want a special hint, just listen to Bluesology. Well, perhaps the present author is too much of a Milt Jackson fan. Be that as it may, the music magazine Rolling Stone gave this LP a five-star rating!


    Musicians:


    • John Lewis (piano)
    • Milt Jackson (vibraphone)
    • Percy Heath (bass)
    • Connie Kay (drums)


    Recording: January and February 1956 by Rudy Van Gelder in mono

    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun


    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. Versailles (Porte de Versailles)
    2. Angel Eyes
    3. Fontessa
    4. Over the Rainbow
    5. Bluesology
    6. Willow Weep for Me
    7. Woody 'N You
    The Modern Jazz Quartet
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    Fontessa

    Import


    This LP has a particularly strong all-around set by the Modern Jazz Quartet. While John Lewis' Versailles and an 11-minute Fontessa show the seriousness of the group (and the influence of Western classical music), other pieces (such as Bluesology, Woody 'N You and a pair of ballads) look toward the group's roots in bop and permit the band to swing hard.

    -All Music Guide

    1. Versailles (Porte de Versailles)
    2. Angel Eyes
    3. Fontessa
    4. Over the Rainbow
    5. Bluesology
    6. Willow Weep for Me
    7. Woody 'N You
    8. Woody 'N You (alternate take)*


    *Bonus Track

    The Modern Jazz Quartet
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