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  Concord Records -
  Gene Harris, Scott Hamilton: At Last
  "At Last"

Gene Harris
Scott Hamilton
Herb Ellis
Ray Brown
Harold Jones
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Review by djcowboy January 25, 2006 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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These are two of my favorite artists on one of my favorite labels. Concord has always been known for their exceptional recordings so converting some of their more popular items to SACD makes good sense. I purchased this disc and had to force myself to remove it from the player because it's Jazz that makes sense. The pace changes without becoming overwelming from song to song or becoming disjointed. The players seem to be enjoying themselves, the way they say you can sense a person smiling on the phone. The sonics are not amazing to the point that they call attention to themselves or take away from the perfomance. They just seem to be "Right." The way vinyl/ analog sounds. Live, real, right. This is one of those albums you put on to unwind, entertain a dinner guest or put in the CD player during Rush hour traffic. The regular CD layer is pretty good sonically because Concord does it right. Nuff Said.

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Review by madisonears February 6, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Realistic recording of superbly played jazz with a blues inflection. This is quality stuff, without a doubt. My girlfriend, who does not like much jazz, was impressed by the swinging nature of these tunes. I do like jazz, and I'm impressed, too. Scott Hamilton is truly one of the newer sax players (I know, he's been at it for 20+ years, but that qualifies as new) who totally understands the bop and swing idioms, and has the chops to put it all on the plate. Gene Harris is a little more blues oriented, but that fits this music very well, and both Hamilton and the remarkable Herb Ellis adjust their styles to perfectly mesh with Harris. This disc deserves to be much more popular, for the quality of its content and its sound. The recording is not showy or splashy, with no artificial emphasis on bass or treble or image or anything else. It feels like you could be in a really expensive seat at a really nice venue without anyone else in the audience. There are so many other discs of recently recorded jazz that sound too "audiophile" and contain mediocre music played by ancient musicians well past their prime, or guys who want to get something out there that no one else can (or should) do. These cats just wanna swing, baby, and it sounds great!

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Review by analogue April 2, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Concord sacd jazz releases are so consistent that I can almost close my eyes to give them their prospective ratings. They have a great track record with sacds.

Such is the case with this beautifully transferred sacd of some pretty amazing jazz musicians. I guess its all a matter of style and what one likes. Gene Harris has a very flowing piano style that keeps us interested. Its almost hypnotic at times. Hamilton likewise has a very unique sax playing style. The real question is we like it?? I do.

Musically this is a very good sounding sacd with a good sound stage and nice bass work for the lower end. Drums can be lifelike and organic. This album simply flows from song to song and is a true treat to listen to. There is never any compression with Concord sacds. The original recordings are superb and the transfer process is completely in dsd. The sound is truly awesome. The musicianship is first rate from great jazz men. Whats not to like???

Its difficult to say more except that if you like the more modern jazz......that still connects itself to the classic days....then this sacd is for you. And for those who love multi channel.......Concord sacds are all 5 channel. So you get more bang for your buck.

Highly recommended.

Play it loud.

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