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Hybrid Stereo SACD in Mini LP Jacket!
Mastered By Kevin Gray From Original Analog Master Tapes!
Analogue Productions releases 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most
audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made in their Prestige
Stereo Series on Hybrid Stereo SACD.
Mini "old style" gatefold jacket packaging:
These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing
an authentic, "old school" look and feel: also referred to as "mini LP" jackets.
A 1961 set of standards heavy on the ballads, Nice An' Cool is prime Gene Ammons.
In front of a sympathetic piano-bass-drums trio (Richard Wyands, Doug Watkins,
and the great J.C. Heard, respectively), Ammons' brilliant soulful tenor
saxophone really stretches out on the familiar melodies, but the relatively
concise arrangements (all of the eight tracks are between three and eight
minutes, with most hovering around the five-minute mark) don't allow him to
wander too far afield as he occasionally does on less structured sessions. Nice
An' Cool is first and foremost a mood album, with the unity of sound more
important than the individual performances, but Ammons particularly shines on
the extended opener, a tender, restrained version of The Music Man's "Til There
Was You" that sidesteps the mawkishness of many interpretations in favor of a
dignified grace. The backing trio is excellent throughout
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray From Original Analog Tapes
• Mini "old style" gatefold jacket, aka Mini LP jacket
Musicians: Gene Ammons, tenor saxophone
Richard Wyands, piano
Doug Watkins, bass
J.C. Heard, drums
1. Till There Was You
2. Answer Me, My Love
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Little Girl Blue
5. Something I Dreamed Last Night
6. Something Wonderful
7. I Remember You
8. Someone To Watch Over Me