- International Phonograph Inc. Collection
- The Josh Berman Trio - Chicago Retro - International Phonograph, Inc.
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Excellent recording. Very nice simple jazz.
This trio is beautiful and plays with a lot of complicity. The sound quality of each instrument is real in a natural acoustic environment. The sound is very analog. This album is intended for audiophiles. I highly recommend it
Lively, believable sound stage and great music
According to MusicScope latest version, a spurious frequency in all tracks scoring -80dB @98.5Khz is detected. Noise floor is within -74dB and -78dB from 25.5 to 44.1Khz, which is not the DSD256 typical Noise Shaping pattern. That level of noise stands even in the audible range and it is clearly heard. DC Offset is generally 0.077% L and -0.025% R exception made for Track #5 where it is 0.078% L and -0.025% R Left and Right channels are not balanced. (iZotope RX5 after converting DSD to 352/24 FLAC) Musical material itself could be very good indeed -though not being a milestone- if only it wasn't tampered by all of this issues. I'd hotly welcome a 352/24 reissue, with all problems sorted.
The DSD rendition of the Josh Berman Trio - Chicago Retro — is a pleasure to listen to. It is marvelously recorded in DSD and the music is very easy to listen to: reminding me of Keith Jarrett’s improvisations, but in a trio-context.
Jason Roebke - Bass
Matt Schneider - Guitar
1. Countless Blues 6:06
2. Blue And Sentimental 3:37
3. Careful 6:04
4. I Wished On The Moon 8:00
5. Foolin’ Myself 4:45
Recorded on a 16 track analog tape recorder, this recording was done specifically for IPI’s tape issue program on 27 July 2012. It is probably the first time in recording history where sessions were recorded specifically to be published on analog tape and no other medium. In fact, only enough music was recorded to fill one 30 minute, 15ips reel. The production master, from which copies are run, was copied directly off the 16 track master, reducing the number of tape copies by at least one or two generations from the usual procedure. The session features the Chicago trio of Josh Berman (cornet, guitar and bass) playing modern/retro jazz, which although very easy to listen to, has the conceptual and harmonic depth of the current vibrant Chicago jazz movement. A must for those who love both great analog sound and jazz. Here is what Robert Harley, of The Absolute Sound, had to say about this tape:
"The Von Schweikert VR-44 Active loudspeaker benefited from a most unusual source: a jazz recording made exclusively for release on open-reel tape made directly from the master. The label, International Phonograph Inc., uses purist techniques and vintage microphones for its tape-only releases which are priced at $150 per title. The sound had an uncanny sense of realism played back through the latest United Home Audio UHA-Q Phase 11 tape machine." (The Absolute Sound, Issue 230.)
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