I’m not typically a huge fan of the CTI catalog. Creed Taylor’s production aesthetic leans towards a sterile polish, with a dampened sense of dynamic, and with the listener feeling like they are hearing everything through headphones even when they’re not. Everything feels close-mic’d to me — the drum sound favors close-mic techniques over overhead microphones that are more common in jazz recordings from the hard-bop era where cats like Hubbard cut their teeth, resulting in a drum sound that … Continue reading
Thanks to Kung for this rip of the recent remaster. I lost my copy of the first CD pressing years ago, nice to have this again! Next up is Red Clay, my personal favorite. We lost a lot of great artists in 2008, so much so that I’m tired of eulogizing them. Rest well, Freddie…——————————————Freddie Hubbard – Backlash (1967) 320 kbs 01. Backlash [4:15]02. The Return Of The Prodigal Son [5:43]03. Little Sunflower [7:56]04. Om The Que-Tee [5:48]05. Up Jumped … Continue reading
Eddie KendricksEddie Kendricks (1973)Tamla / Motown T327L 1 Only Room for Two 2 Darling Come Back Home 3 Each Day I Cry a Little 4 Can’t Help What I Am 5. Keep on Truckin’ 6 Any Day Now 7. Not on the Outside 8. Where Do You Go (Baby) Eddie Kendricks – Eddie Kendricks (1973) in 320kbs em pee three VINYL RIP – Technical Specs Music Hall MMF.5 Turntable with Goldring 1012GX cartridge, Gyger II diamond stylus, and MK II … Continue reading
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Ray Barretto “The Message”Released 1972, Fania RecordsRelease Date Jul 17, 2007Studio/Live StudioMono/Stereo StereoProducer Ray BarrettoEngineer Irv GreenbaumRecording Time 35 minutesPersonnel Ray Barretto – congasOrestes Vilato – timbalesAndy Gonzalez – bass Roberto Rodriguez – trumpetJohnny “Dandy” Rodriguez – bongosRene LopezJoseph “Papy” RomanLouis Cruz – piano From Dusty GrooveOne of Ray Barretto’s hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s — a raw set of grooves that’s got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode … Continue reading