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Cool Struttin' [XRCD24] by Sonny Clark
Cool Struttin' [XRCD24] by Sonny Clark at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:Sonny Clark
Name:Cool Struttin' [XRCD24]
Cat No.:AWMXR-0003
Performed by:Sonny Clark (piano)
Art Farmer (trumpet)
Jackie McLean (alto sax)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Philly Joe Jones (drums)
Description:The Definitive Versions of Blue Note on XRCD24... Listen & Compare!

Audio Wave Music presents Blue Note on XRCD for the first time!

Audio Wave Music was created by the CEO of XRCD's US distributor Elusive Disc with a goal of providing the finest presentation of the Blue Note label's classic jazz recordings on the ultimate compact disc, XRCD. They joined forces with the legendary producer Joe Harley and mastering engineer Alan Yoshida, and followed the strict and time-consuming XRCD protocols in all aspects from the digital transfer of the original analog tapes to the physical production of the CDs.

The new XRCD editions SMOKE all other Red Book CD versions, including those remastered by Rudy Van Gelder himself. The XRCD version is much more analog-like with natural, warm tonality, better resolution of details and micro- and macro-dynamics. Older CDs, on the other hand, sound compressed, veiled, boxed-in, and harsh and shrill. In fact, the XRCD is very, very close sonically to the superb Music Matters 45rpm vinyl editions. If you are a fan of Blue Note and an audiophile, you MUST own the entire series of 25 titles!

Superior Sound on CD & Deluxe Packaging
  • XRCD is compatible with ALL CD PLAYERS and requires no special equipment!
  • Rudy Van Gelder's original Blue Note 2-track analog tapes were meticulously mastered to XRCD by engineer Alan Yoshida and producer Joe Harley.
  • The highest quality analog to digital transfers from tape to CD... Listen and Compare!
  • Deluxe hard-bound book style packaging with original liner notes and high resolution B&W session photos.
Considered one of the great young pianists of the mid-to-late 1950s, Sonny Clark was practically the house pianist at Blue Note during 1957-62 before his premature death in 1963. He led seven albums for Blue Note during that time, appeared on many dates as a sideman, and recorded Cool Struttin', which is considered his main classic. Clark never recorded an unworthy chorus. His playing was full of joyful discoveries, constant swing, and an optimistic creativity that was indescribable and quite infectious.

On Cool Struttin' from 1958, Clark matches wits and inventive ideas with altoist Jackie McLean and trumpeter Art Farmer. Their four lengthy performances, which include Miles Davis' "Sippin' At Bells" and the exotic "Deep Night," are filled with magical moments where the five musicians seem to think and create like one. The greatest jazz performances include moments like those heard on Cool Struttin', where the music has a life of its own beyond the individual players. The more one plays Cool Struttin', the more it is obvious that this is one of the truly essential Blue Note recordings.

Recorded January 5, 1958. This XRCD24 released in 2009.
Eastwind Import Price:
$30.00

Album Tracks:
1. Cool Struttin'
2. Blue Minor
3. Sippin' At Bells
4. Deep Night
5. Royal Flush (Mono)
6. Lover (Mono)
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