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Live at the Loa-Summer Wind Live, Hybrid SACD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Live
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000C23B1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Live at the Loa is a terrific life recording, full of energy, playfulness and ambiance. It's one of Ray Brown's best and is well worth adding to your collection.
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Nothing not to like about this one. Love every player on this album. This disc captured an exceptional performance and has not a single unworthy track on it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa515263c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa56dffe4) out of 5 stars SACD and great jazz = must have Jan. 12 2010
By Brian T. Clem - Published on Amazon.com
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Ray Brown, Gene Harris and Jeff Hamiltion. That says MUST HAVE. And SACD so the quality is freaking great. This is very enjoyable to listen to. Best part is the cell phone ringing at the beginning of one of the songs.... errrrrr you really hear everything!! So if you love jazz and know about the great sound quality of SACD then you should check this out...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4bcd42c) out of 5 stars Ray Brown at his best June 7 2011
By Larry Boden - Published on Amazon.com
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I have several Ray Brown CD's and this one, I believe, shows off his style and panache the best. I am a retired audio engineer and I rate the audio quality of this disc an A+. Outstanding!!
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HASH(0xa4bcd654) out of 5 stars An instant favorite March 14 2012
By Susan Girard Everett - Published on Amazon.com
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Every track on the CD shows what is great about Ray Brown and Gene Harris together. This is straight-a-head jazz that swings with an infectious dose of fun. While I'm generally not a fan of live recordings this one works in part because it is live - one can feel the interplay with the audience. Sound quality of std cd layer is excellent - I haven't checked the SACD.
HASH(0xa4bcd54c) out of 5 stars A Complete Pieasure To Listen To June 7 2015
By Jeffrey N. Fritz - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hybrid SACD of "Summer Wind" by the Ray Brown Trio (Ray Brown, Gene Harris and Jeff Hamilton) is a 1998 recording that was made live at Loa in Santa Monica, California.

This is a Concord recording that was recorded and mixed originally by Phil Edwards. Edwards also did SACD 5.1 mix. It's usually a good thing to have the original recording engineers do the multichannel mix. They generally know what they were going for in the initial recording.

I thought that the SACD sounded natural and open with a well balanced frequency response. It is very nice sounding with a tight bottom, strong, clear mids and crisp highs. Nothing sounds overly compressed or overly EQed. The piano sounds like it's right in the room with the bass and drums not far removed.

However, it's strange listening to a 5.1 channel mix when there are only three band instruments. The piano and bass are mixed in front speakers with the drums largely in the rears. Edwards would have done better by placing all three instruments up front and placing the audience in the rear surrounds. I know that some people enjoy sitting (virtually) In the middle of the band. However, I am not one of them. I prefer a mix that sounds like it does when I sit in the audience. The instruments are all in front of me. Perhaps some day we will get to select our preferred multichannel mix.

There are some surprising things on the recording. During "The Real Blues" a telephone rings off in the distance causing the audience to laugh. I could not hear the telephone in the MP3 version that Amazon sent me but it came through clear as day in the SACD. This might be due to the better equipment associated with the SACD gear, or MP3 compression, or both.

During the recording a door opens and someone says, "That's Ray Brown." At the time I was listening with my studio door open. When I heard the door opening I thought that my wife had just opened the front door to our house. It didn't take long to figure out that I was hearing something that was on the SACD because our doors don't squeak (thankfully) and that door definitely squeaked when it was opened. Still, the fact that I mistook this recorded door for the real thing is remarkable.

The marketing hype on the SACD is interesting:

"(Ray) Brown's name is not well known to as many as, say, 'Guns and Roses,' or any number of trivial pop and rock groups that rise, have their moments in the spotlight and then, often enough, are forgotten."

Arrogance anyone? (This is reproduced from the original liner notes.)

"Audiophile Note: For the best possible sound quality, the multi-channel program on this SACD was transferred director from the original master tapes into 24-channel digital where it was mixed for 5.1 surround sound entirely in the digital domain. The result is a sound quality that is superior to the currently accepted multi-channel SACD method of mixing to a second generation analog tape thus degrading the fidelity before transferring to DSD digital."

Two comments here:

1. You needed 24 tracks for a bass, a piano and a drum set? Why?
2. So, you remixed directly to digital from the multi-track master. That's nice. But I'm not sure that that this process is so unique to Concord. It sounds arrogant to me to make that statement.

Still, it's a very nice SACD and a complete pleasure to listen to--not just for the sound quality which is generally superb, but also for the unique artistry of Ray Brown, Gene Harris and Jeff Hamilton.
HASH(0xa4bcd744) out of 5 stars live at the loa summer wind June 3 2012
By john - Published on Amazon.com
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its one of the best ray brown gene harris albums
i have ever heard gene harris was without doubt one
of the best jazz pianists i have ever heard

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