Gil Melle Patterns In Jazz Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45rpm Mono 2LP
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"A Perfect 10" Highly Recommended Blue Note vinyl
from Wayne Garcia of The Absolute Sound!
TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the May 2009 Issue of Stereophile!
TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the September 2008 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue
Note Master Tapes!
The Definitive issue of this classic Blue Note title!
Why 45rpm? Simply...Because it sounds better! 180 gram pressings versus 200 gram? Music Matters, Lt. uses 180 gram pressings for the simple reason that they believe 180 gram weight is more than sufficient to provide a near perfect pressing. When Music Matters asked their friends at Record Technology Inc. for their recommendation to achieve the highest possible quality pressings their answer was unequivocal... go with 180 gram!
Upgrading Connnections at Acoustech! It goes without saying that there are many controversies and debates in the perfectionist audio/LP collector market. But one area of near universal agreement is the quality of mastering that emerges from Kevin Gray’s custom-built AcousTech Mastering studio in Camarillo, CA. Kevin, along with Steve Hoffman, has provided many of the best sounding new and reissued albums on LP during the last 5 or 6 years working outs of AcousTech.
Music Matters Exclusive! Music Matters strongly feels that these Blue Note recordings deserve nothing less than the finest graphic presentation. The Music Matters Definitive 45RPM Blue Note jackets are designed to last a lifetime, using ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock and thick, luxurious
lamination... quality you’ll be able to feel in your hand the moment you pick up one of these albums. In addition, Music Matters has obtained exclusive access to a treasure trove of over 30,000 original Blue Note session photos from Mosaic Images for use in this series. The gatefold opens to display these session
photos in stunning high resolution - four times sharper than original Blue Note jacket photos.
Hear what Michael Fremer, Wayne Garcia and others are saying about the Blue Note Definitive 45rpm Reissue Series from Music Matters, Ltd:
"They’re BIG and open and definitely work in stereo because they’re not hard left/right stereo. The cymbals are so "chimey" and the skins so open! Even Rudy's typical boxy piano isn't too bad. These are going to be really good....!!!! (Real time reaction after hearing his first test pressing of Horace Parlan’s Speakin’ My Piece LP.)" - Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine
"I’ve heard a lot of Blue Note originals and myriad reissues over the years, but based on the sample test pressings heard so far, none—and I mean none—convey the intensity of living, breathing music-making the way the Music Matter’s Blue Note series does. The sense of air, texture, and dynamic pop in these grooves is astonishing." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
"Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers “The Big Beat” and Horace Parlan, “Speakin’ My Piece.” And if this is any indication of what’s to come, I advise you to get on the list now, before this collection is sold out." - Albert Porter, www.positive-feedback.com
"The Music Matters 45s have all immediacy and add a free-flowing naturalness that is surprising at first but very easy to get used to." - Marc Mickelson,
"...the first 12-inch platter Rudy Van Gelder recorded for Blue Note is a
musically delightful and little known gem... The mono sound is immediate and
warm, and beautifully captures the essence of each instrument." - Wayne Garcia. The Absolute Sound, Issue 257
Gil Melle was a 20th century renaissance man, a unique individual with wide
interests and many talents. In his life he wrote over 125 film scores, was a
pioneer in experimenting with electronic music, built computers and
synthesizers, was a notable painter, piloted planes, restored automobiles and
airplanes, and was a visual artist whose art was used on the cover of records by
Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. Musically he never stood still
or fit easily into any category. Early on Melle was a highly skilled
baritone-saxophonist with his own sound and approach, performing at the Village
Vanguard before he was even old enough to have a drivers license. Patterns In
Jazz from 1956 is Gil Melle's definitive straight-ahead jazz recording. The
music is colorful and adventurous, laidback but eminently approachable. Teamed
in a quintet with trombonist Eddie Bert and guitarist Joe Cinderella, the
emphasis is on low tones, bright colors and surprising patterns, whether on
Melle’s originals or inventive rearrangements of “Moonlight In Vermont” and
“Long Ago And Far Away”. Blue Note engineer Rudy Van Gelder seemed to have a
special affinity for Melle’s music since all of the Melle sessions recorded in
Van Gelder’s studio are sonically exceptional, including this one. The music on
this rare gem is as unique, unusual and memorable as is Gil Melle himself.
• Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!
• Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech
• Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!
• Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI
• Limited Edition
• Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets
• Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution
Gil Melle, baritone sax
Eddie Bert, trombone
Joe Cinderella, guitar
Oscar Pettiford, bass
Ed Thigpen, drums
1. The Set Break
2. Weird Valley
3. The Arab Barber Blues
4. Nice Question
5. Moonlight In Vermont
6. Long Ago And Far Away
"The albums are being cut at 45 RPM for maximum quality by Kevin Gray and me using our full ANALOG disk cutting system; most studios cannot even cut vinyl in 100% true analog anymore (they convert to digital first) but we can. The original Rudy Van Gelder engineered stereophonic session tapes are used when we master these gems. The sound quality is amazing on our test cuts. Like from heaven. First totally uncompressed versions of these jazz classics that I’ve ever heard and trust me, you will be impressed; they sound like no other releases of this music."
"The sound is lifelike, the horns are in the room with you. Our non-invasive mastering insures the true breath of life on these original Van Gelder session tapes is transferred to the virgin vinyl with absolute authenticity. It is like hearing these BLUE NOTE masterpieces for the first time and that is NO exaggeration. When we heard the first lacquer acetate playback from our first mastering session I thought Joe Harley was going to pee in his pants he was so excited. Actually we all were; after 50 years of many lackluster and some downright bad sounding versions of these albums, hearing the real deal is a humbling experience, even for us hardened music veterans. You will be able to listen to the music exactly like we did..." - Steve Hoffman