The Sound of Jazz Hybrid Multi-Channel & Stereo SACD
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Hybrid 3-Channel Stereo SACD!
Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound From Original 3-track Tape!
Featuring "Wild Man Blues" "Dickie's Dream" & More!
This Hybrid Stereo Analogue Productions SACD reissue is a magnificent-sounding
recording of a historic TV event. For a rare and glorious one-hour nationwide
broadcast, CBS brought together 32 towering heavyweight jazz musicians of the
swing era for the jam session to end all jam sessions.
The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, live from CBS Studio 58,
the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City. The show was hosted by
New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby, directed by Jack Smight, and
produced by Robert Herridge. Jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Whitney Balliett were
the primary music consultants.
"The Sound of Jazz" brought together 32 leading musicians from the swing era
including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones and
Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, like Henry "Red"
Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger 'modernist' musicians
such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played
separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in
one group, such as Red Allen's group and the group backing Billie Holiday on
"Fine and Mellow".
Columbia Records released this album in 1958 that is actually a rehearsal that
preceded the telecast (recorded on December 4 at Columbia's 30th Street
studios), and is not its soundtrack. The album was released in 1958 as Columbia
CL 1098, with liner notes by Eric Larrabee, and the cover photo is by Tom Yee.
The recording doesn't include all of the performers on the TV show (Mulligan
refused to participate because no additional payment was involved) and includes
several who were not on the show. Bassist Walter Page rehearsed, and is featured
on the album, but collapsed on the way to the studio for the telecast.
For this Analogue Productions reissue we started with the original tape and the
best mastering available — Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound did a steller job;
Gus Skinas prepared the disc masters at the Super Audio Center in Boulder, CO.
The show's performance of "Fine and Mellow" reunited Billie Holiday with her
estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat
Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they
kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to
skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in
the group with Holiday.
During the performance of "Fine and Mellow", Webster played the first solo.
"Then", Hentoff remembered: "Lester got up, and he played the purest blues I
have ever heard, and [he and Holiday] were looking at each other, their eyes
were sort of interlocked, and she was sort of nodding and half-smiling. It was
as if they were both remembering what had been — whatever that was. And in the
control room we were all crying. When the show was over, they went their
• Super Audio CD
• SACD 3-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, from the original 3-track tape
1. Wild Man Blues - Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
2. Rosetta - Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
3. Fine and Mellow - Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron All-Stars
4. Blues - Jimmy Giuffre, Pee Wee Russell, Jo Jones, Danny Barker
5. I Left My Baby - Jimmy Rushing, Count Basie All-Stars
6. The Train and The River - Jimmy Giuffre Trio
7. Nervous - Mal Waldron
8. Dickie's Dream - Count Basie All-Stars