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Amazing amazing and amazing... no blow up of instruments like some of the ‘fancy’ releases did... sounds organic and highlights the sense of a close jazz sextet ! Superb by all means !
Ah Um, is one of Mingus' most popular records, largely due to the funky gospel number. In fact, the lp touches on many musical genres and periods of black American music. However, this version if marred by awful balance. Although one hears Mingus' bass and Richmond's drums clearly, the piano seems to be in a different room. At times the horns are also under recorded. How could this lousy balance have got through any kind of testing? Then, I found this with a George Russell alubm, too.
Until I heard this. This is an incredible source and a great master. I'm glad to add it to my collection and it is my main digital source now, with the MoFi 45rpm vinyl as my main analog source. It says it was mastered in DSD 256 .. DSD 128 is the highest offered to sale and it sounds amazing, so I'll take it!
Title: Mingus Ah Um
Artist(s): Bass – Charles Mingus
Drums – Charles (Dannie) Richmond
Piano – Horace L. Parlan, Jr.
Saxophone – Booker T. Ervin, Jr., John Handy III, Shafi Hadi
Trombone – James M. Knepper, Willie Dennis
Written-By – Mingus
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Engineer – Ray Moore
Producer – Teo Macero
Recorded May 5 and 12, 1959 at the Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.
1 Better Git It In Your Soul 7:22
2 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 5:43
3 Boogie Stop Shuffle 5:00
4 Self-Portrait In Three Colors 3:04
5 Open Letter To Duke 5:50
6 Bird Calls 6:19
7 Fables Of Faubus 8:12
8 Pussy Cat Dues 9:15
9 Jelly Roll 6:15
Digital re-mastering originally in DSD256 :
Merging Technology Pyramix software with the
Hapi Analog to Digital converter