Lou Donaldson LD+3 Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45rpm 2LP
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Rare Numbered Limited Edition Copies!
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!
Mono or Stereo? Rudy Van Gelder first began recording Blue Note sessions in stereo in March of
1957. From then until an October 30, 1958 Art Blakey session, Rudy simultaneously ran both mono and stereo
session tapes. The stereo presentation revealed more air, more detail and more sheer life than the mono.
The mono playback was a wonderful remembrance of the old LP we all knew and loved. The stereo playback
from the original masters was eerie. It was like going back in time to that day in Rudy’s studio. Quite
simply, the stereo masters revealed more of what it was like to be there that day.
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, www.soundstage.com
"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
"This day (or days) Rudy was in fine form, particularly in how he managed to capture wide dynamic range and pleasing harmonic colors from Harris’s piano and a big, transparent, wet picture of Donaldson’s horn. The pleasures are both musical and visceral. Outstanding gatefold packing, including stunning session photos from Lion. A highest recommendation." Music 9/10 Sound 9/10 - Michael Fremer, musicangle.com Click Here to read the entire review!
The Three Sounds were a very popular group in the late 1950s/early ‘60s and
for good reason. Pianist Gene Harris, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill
Dowdy always knew how to lay down an irresistible groove, they infused every
song they played with a heavy dose of the blues and they could outswing any
combo while never being stingy with the soul. The same could be said for altoist
Lou Donaldson. Influenced by Charlie Parker but a bluesier player, Donaldson in
the 1950s held his own on sessions with Clifford Brown, Thelonious Monk and
Jimmy Smith while gaining a strong following with his series of Blue Note
LD + 3 is a very special recording from 1959 featuring Donaldson and
the Three Sounds really inspiring and pushing each other. Starting with a
passionate version of “Three Little Words,” they dig into such bop classics as
“Just Friends” and “Confirmation,” playing with plenty of heat. The mixture of
bebop fury with soul makes this a true Blue Note milestone.
• 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 Copies!
• Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets
• Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution
Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone
Gene Harris, piano
Andrew Simpkins, bass
Bill Dowdy, drums
1. Three Little Words
2. Smooth Groove
3. Just Friends
4. Blue Moon
5. Jump Up
6. Don't Take Your Love From Me