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Schumann: Works for Pedalflügel - Schmeding        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  October 18, 2007

It is hard to believe that this is the first recording of some of Robert Schumann's works, more than 160 years after their composition, on the instrument they were intended for - but this is exactly the case here. After returning from a tour of Russia with his wife in 1844, Schumann went through ... more
Coleman Hawkins: The Hawk Flies High        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  October 2, 2007

This session kind of looked back at Coleman Hawkins' bands in the mid to late 1940's, when he featured quite a few younger players from the bop generation in his band - several of the musicians here among them. The advantage was better recording technique and extended playing time giving soloists ... more
Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  September 5, 2007

All I can do is confirm Claude's review. I compared this to the Original Jazz Classics CD. The SACD sounds more refined and detailed, gives the horns and bass more body, places the vibes crystal clear in the center, reveals more silvery finesse in the cymbals and snare drum (Connie Kay doesn't seem ... more
Wynton Kelly: Kelly Blue        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 2, 2007

Wynton Kelly was one of the most requested pianists of his generation among his fellow musicians. His comping was always supportive, his solos drenched with good spirits and blues roots without getting superficial. His recordings as a leader are not quite as stunning as one would expect from such an ... more
John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  July 23, 2007

Compared to the previously available CD masterings this reissue sounds so much better. Volume level is higher, dynamics are wider, all instruments have more presence, especially the piano sounds profits from the remastering. What makes this disc special is that it presents both the mono and stereo ... more

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