- International Phonograph Inc. Collection
- Makaya McCraven Quartet - International Phonograph, Inc. (Pure DSD) IP
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Excellent recording and wonderful sound all around. High quality!
This album is a best seller to have. The transfer quality in dsd version from the analog master tape is perfect. The sound is quiet and sweet. You can feel every musicians playing in your listen room. I highly recommend it.
Please, HDTT, much more of this. Cleanly recorded without mixing excess, the instruments appear in their own space with perfect timbre yet the music is all of a piece. McCraven drives but doesn’t dominate, seeking texture over volume. Reid’s cello alternates between sonorous & featherlight. Vibes are staggeringly lifelike. Completely accessible modern music, no BS or atmospherics. Magnificent acheivement both as music and recording. Slight mains hum doesn’t detract but adds a sense of ‘live’. Martin
So this jazz and performance are highly accomplished, non showy but everyone working together with one voice. Like a sophisticated musical conservation which keeps you interested all the way.
As the title states
Justin Thomas, Vibraphone
Junius Paul, Bass
Tomeka Reid, Cello
Recording Info: Recorded 10 March 2016 at Pro Musica, Chicago, Illinois by Jonathan
Horwich, assisted by Ken Christianson, to a custom Studer/Revox 8-track recorder
at 15ips/lEC, through a Manley mic preamp.
Microphones were a stereo custom tube KMF on drum overheads, a
Neumann U67 on snare, kick drum= Shure 57, on vibes a custom
stereo tube KMF, on bass a Telefunken 251e, and on cello a Neumann
Stereo Image: Drums are located between center and right channel. Vibes located in center. Bass is located between center and right. Cello is located between center and left.
1. Suite Module No. 1 7:46
2. Suite Module No. 2 11:10
3. Suite Module No. 3 9:15
4. Suite Module No. 4 (Fades Out) 5:15
Total Time: 33:26
McKaya McCraven is not your typical jazz drummer. No indeed he is not--his music spans so many generations of jazz. He and his groups are always pushing the boundaries of jazz and in an unique way. Case in point, here he is found with a quartet (drums, vibes, bass and cello) of world class musicians playing rhythmic layers and textures of sound somewhat reminiscent of Miles’ “In A Silent Way.” Further enhancing the experience, the sound was captured on the highest quality equipment using a custom Studer 8-track tape deck and world-renown vintage tube microphones. The result is a recording of startling presence and of natural sound. Many have commented that the vibes and drum sound on this recording are as good as ever recorded. Combined with an original, yet easy-to-listen-to performance, this is a true gem of modern jazz and a true delight for those interested in the highest quality sound.
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