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Magnificent Jazz Guitar Album
Midnight Blue is a wonderful collection of jazz music that swings yet has a driving sound all its own, with a perfect mix of Stanley's sax along with the superb unmistakable guitar of Kenny.
Excellent album Midnight Blue
This is a must buy Album for jazz lovers. It is Kenny Burrell at his best and playing with the best. Of course kenny is one of the best jazz guitarists, even the rest of the band (Ray and Stanley) are each outstanding in their own right. . Chitlins Con Carne, is one of Kenny's best-known sizzlers. "Mule & Soul Lament" are both nice, gentle and deeply touching. The title song, "Midnight Blue" outstanding. "Saturday Night Blues" shows Turrentine at his best. "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You" highlights the awesome finest.guitar played by kenny. Recording using Merging Technology Editing software with the Hapi Analog to Digital converter is really amazing.
Jazz Guitar At Its Finest
This is a great album from the classic era of Blue Note records. A definite recommendation for those who want an album that you can either let wash over you without any effort, but also one for if you want to sit and analyse the musicality of the playing. Favourite track: Midnight Blue.
Importance Of Micro Dynamics in Music and in Audio
Midnight Blue is a 1963 album by Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga, and is one of Burrell's best-known works for Blue Note. All these guys are “groove masters”, so relaxed and so confidant. They appear to communicate telepathically, but actually use very subtle dynamic changes (micro dynamics) in expression to achieve the announcement and acceptance of the next change. The slightest inflection in a down stroke of the guitar tells the drummer and the band to listen and change tempo, sit on the head of the beat, till I tell you otherwise. The sax inflection and pushes are ever so subtle and the drummer and the bass response to twist the phrase just right. These pro’s use call and answer with the diction of a English Professor because they are speaking with the almost infinite language of micro dynamics. It is only a through a Pure DSD transfer of an analogue recording that you the observer will be able to sit in with these guys. Simply put, these ever so important micro dynamics cannot inherently be captured in the PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) format (192kHz, or 96KHz) and even I’m sorry, DXD 352.8kHz. It is one bit DCM (Delta Code Modulation) or what the PCM autocrats Sony/Philips now call DSD after crushing DBX the inventors of DCM that inherently captures the micro dynamics (something Lucas Films noticed and implemented in the release of Star Wars in the late 70’s). Listen, if you love Cool Strutin’ by Sonny Clark this is a no brainer a great musical choice. If you’re an audiophile and you want to show off your system’s sound stage and stereo depth exceeding the confines of your speakers, again, this is a no brainer (Pure DSD 256 preferred, give me 11.2896MHz or give me death). Peter J. Moore
Title: Midnight Blue
Artist(s): Guitar – Kenny Burrell
Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine
Bass – Major Holley Jr.
Congas – Ray Barretto
Drums – Bill English
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Producer – Alfred Lion
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Recorded on January 7, 1963
1 Chitlins Con Carne 5:26
2 Mule 6:54
3 Soul Lament 2:41
4 Midnight Blue 3:59
5 Wavy Gravy 5:46
6 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You 4:23
7 Saturday Night Blues 6:16
Total Time: 35:26
Digital re-mastering in DSD256 :
Merging Technology Editing software with the
Hapi Analog to Digital converter