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Reviews: On the Wings of an Eagle - John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes

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Review by Barb January 20, 2008 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
J. Hicks p, B. Williams b, L. Hayes ds, Chesky 2006.
The latest Chesky Jazz recordings, The New York Sessions, are, to me, the best recordings ever because they are the most natural sounding ever. They always record live, not in studios, with minimal but highest quality technical equipment. There is no multi-tracking, overdubbing or compressing what makes the music sound so natural with its original dynamics. The lack of technical equipment may be the reason for the natural, pleasing sound of so many Jazz records of the 50`s, even the monaural ones, combined with the highest quality technical equipment of today Chesky makes the perfect sound. Listening to Cheskys for the first time you will recognize they are out of the ordinary, but I think you`ll have to get familiar with them to hear that they are best. In some of the booklets there are diagrams showing the positions of the musicians during the recording session. That was not necessary, you can see them when playing the record.
One of the nine tracks on the disc was written by Hicks and two by Williams, the rest are compositions of other jazz greats. It is a fantastic trio of improvisers and soloists, but also with perfect interplay. Thrilling piano-, bass- and drum-solos, there`s everything needed for great jazz.

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