Baby Face Willette Face To Face 180g LP
All Analog 180g Vinyl LP!
Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series!
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio From Original Analog Tape!
Produced By Music Matters' Joe Harley!
Pressed at RTI!
Hammond B-3 organ soul jazz fans know and love the music of Jimmy Smith, but
lesser known is the tragically short life and career of Roosevelt "Baby Face"
Willette who produced some of the deepest grooves ever recorded on the B-3 on
just two Blue Note albums recorded in 1961. Willette’s debut Face to Face is a
showcase for his blues-drenched organ pyrotechnics. Joined by the brilliant
guitarist Grant Green, tenor sax master Fred Jackson and the rock-solid drums of
Nicknamed "Baby Face" on account of his fresh features and youthful visage, soul
jazz organist Roosevelt Willette played his instrument with a sanctified fervour
that reflected his roots in gospel music.
Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: "Tone Poet" Joe Harley—co-founder and
co-producer of the acclaimed Music Matters audiophile vinyl series—is the
producer of this new series of all-analog,
mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe
gatefold packaging. Mastering was done by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) and vinyl
was manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The titles were
handpicked by Harley and cover lesser-known Blue Note classics, modern era
standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note catalog.
Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every
conceivable way, from the jacket graphics and printing quality to superior LP
mastering (direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180 gm
audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Blue
Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest possible standard. It means that
you will never find a superior version. This is IT.
The so-called Tone Poet (Joe Harley) is confident that his audiophile reissues
will allow 21st-century listeners to hear what the musicians heard as the master
tape was played back on the studio monitors in Rudy Van Gelder’s studio 50 or 60
years ago. He believes that, in terms of quality, Blue Note albums have never
sounded or looked better. "Every aspect of these Blue Note releases is done
to the highest possible standard," he says. "It means that you will never
find a superior version."
• All Analog 180g Vinyl
• Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Mastered From Original Master Tape
• Reissue supervised by Joe Harley
• Pressed at RTI
• Gatefold jacket
Fred Jackson, tenor sax
Grant Green, guitar
"Baby Face" Willette, organ
Ben Dixon, drums
1. Swingin' At Sugar Ray's
2. Goin' Down
3. Whatever Lola Wants
1. Face To Face
2. Somethin' Strange
3. High 'n Low