The Hot Club of San Francisco Yerba Buena Bounce 45rpm 200g 2LP
Half-Speed Mastered 45rpm 200g Virgin Vinyl!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
For many years, RR has been searching the world over for the best possible vinyl
mastering, plating and pressing facilities so they could re-enter the LP market.
They now have a production chain that allow them to produce LPs to meet their
high standards and satisfy their customers' demands, who have been waiting for
these LPs for a long time!
Assembling the Team
Disc mastering is done at half-speed to insure maximum accuracy. The lathe
system has custom electronics by Nelson Pass. The simple signal path contains no
compression, equalization or unnecessary circuitry. RR Chief Engineer and
Technical Director, "Prof." Keith Johnson consulted on the design of the system
and helped with the rebuilding of the lathe and electronics, which is owned and
operated by long-time mastering expert Paul Stubblebine. "Prof." Johnson has
pronounced it equal to the challenge of our master tapes!
Once successful results were achieved in disc mastering, Reference Recordings
faced the difficult task of choosing the best plating and pressing facility to
manufacture the discs. Fortunately, the new Quality Record Pressings plant in
Salina, Kansas was coming on line, and they felt that waiting for this plant to
open was well worth it. A crack team of experts was assembled to design and run
the plant, employing many unique techniques and features that clearly set QRP
apart from all other pressing plants. The 200-gram deluxe vinyl pressings from
QRP are truly exceptional.
Multiple Configurations for Reference Mastercuts
Depending on program lengths, some releases are cut at 45 rpm, some at 33-1/3
rpm. Some are single discs, some double. All feature deluxe gate-fold jackets
crafted by Stoughton Printing . An unusual feature of new RR masterings is
called the "FDS finish": the end of each side will have a 30-second band of
silent grooves before the "pull-away." No one today uses a record changer, and
the silent grooves allow time to lift the arm before the always-somewhat-noisy
tie-off. (Some 1950s vintage Capitol Full Dimensional Sound pressings sported
this feature.) RR founder, J. Tamblyn (Tam) Henderson deserves special
recognition for identifying the value of this unique production feature and
reintroducing it with the new Mastercuts.
Note: Half-speed Mastering involves a capturing process in which the
original recording master is played back at exactly half of the recorded speed.
A sequenced cutting lathe is then timed at exactly half of the playback speed.
This process allows twice as much time to carve a groove that accurately
represents the sound on the master tape. Half-speed mastering allows for cleaner
reproduction and also permits extended high frequency response, extending into
the ultrasonic region.
"Yerba Buena Bounce" crackles with hot solos and intimate musical explorations!
This is the 10th album by the Hot Club of San Francisco, America's
longest-running and finest Gypsy Jazz ensemble. The album contains explorations
of Django Reinhardt's tunes, plus originals and more. The shimmering, lifelike
sound is some of Professor Johnson's finest: you'll swear the group is in the
room with you! As a special bonus, two tracks feature mandolinist extraordinaire
The Hot Club of San Francisco is a quintet of accomplished and versatile
musicians who celebrate Django Reinhardt’s and Stephane Grappelli’s renowned Hot
Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of three
guitars, violin and bass from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into
the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original
compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Hearing the
ensemble takes the listener back to the 1930s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs
of Paris. The music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences
around the globe for more than a decade. Their performances have been hailed as
“intricate, scorching, and often brilliant” (Acoustic Guitar).
Mandolinist David Grisman, father of Dawg music and good friend of The Hot Club,
makes a special guest appearance on two tracks. The set is further enhanced by
bandoneon virtuoso Seth Asarno. Two bonus tracks feature the quintet augmented
by three Dixieland horns!
Recorded by multi-Grammy-nominated “Prof.” Keith Johnson at Fantasy Studios in
Berkeley, California, the Yerba Buena Bounce sessions benefited from the
historic ambience, scene of hundreds of classic jazz and rock recordings. Using
his own custom-built microphones and electronics (as always), Johnson was able
to utilize some of Fantasy’s unique facilities, such as a legendary echo
chamber, to add luster to his always life-like soundscapes.
"Reference Recordings has gone out of their way to make this double album of special audiophile interest. First, both discs are 200 grams, rather than the usual 180 gram audiophile standard for vinyl reissues. Then each of the four sides ends in a couple minutes of quiet grooves so you won’t have to deal with the noisy swishing at the center label if you don’t jump up immediately at the end of each 45 rpm side. The good-natured battles between lead guitar and fiddle are heard in nearly all the tracks. It’s a pleasure to hear the musicians so clearly free and unencumbered by misguided current leadership. As the note-writer says "The beauty and joy and swing of this music is infectious!""
- John Henry, audaud.com, 5/5 Stars!!
• 200g Virgin Vinyl
• Double LP
• Half-speed Mastered by Paul Stubblebine
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Deluxe Stoughton gatefold jacket
Ari Munkres, cello
Jason Vanderford, guitar
Evan Price, violin
Jeff Magidson, guitar
Paul Mehling, vocals(16,17), guitar
Bill Carter, clarinet
Marc Caprone, trumpet
Clint Baker, trombone, tuba
LP1 - Side 1:
1. Mystery Pacific (Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli)
2. Hot Lips (Henry Busse/Lon Davis/H.W. Lange)
3. I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (John Lennon/Paul McCartney with Seth Asarno, bandoneon)
4. Sway (Norman Gimbel/R.P. Rosas with David Grisman, mandolin)
LP1 - Side 2:
1. Number Two (Paul Mehling)
2. Souvenir de Villingen (Stéphane Grappelli)
3. Tickle Toe (Lester Young)
4. Black and White (Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli)
LP2 - Side 3:
1. Rythme Futur (Django Reinhardt)
2. Lullabye (Paul Mehling with David Grisman, mandolin; Seth Asarno, bandoneon)
3. Yerba Buena Bounce (Paul Mehling)
4. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael/Mitchell Parish)
LP2 - Side 4:
1. Borneo (Walter Donaldson)
2. Georgia Cabin (Sidney Bechet)
3. Improvisation #2 (Django Reinhardt)
4. Jam: Some Of These Days (Brooks Shelton)