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#31 JSngry

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:19 PM

I think it's the Rockland date that's at least a half-step high...some others too, but that one I'm almost 100% sure about. I've got it on Everest and it bugs the hell out of me!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:04 AM

Steve, some pitch correction may go a long way, even if most of us wouldn't recognize the wrong pitch as such... the Miles Amsterdam concert with Barney Wilen, for instance, always on wrong pitch on any official release so far, sounds *much* better once corrected!

Not sure you get the same effect with older poorly recorded sessions, but I'd be all for it. There are some folks fixing up stuff on dime, but I think the Rockland wasn't amongst them (Are those Parkers to be considered legit or not? If it's legit, it's off dime's limits of course!)

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:37 AM

Steve, some pitch correction may go a long way, even if most of us wouldn't recognize the wrong pitch as such... the Miles Amsterdam concert with Barney Wilen, for instance, always on wrong pitch on any official release so far, sounds *much* better once corrected!


Like I said, I can't and won't vouch for it (one way or another), least of all with live recordings or airshots that may be noisy from the start. I just listened as closely as I could (hard, though, if you have to switch back and forth between your turntable and CD player) and did not detect anything really noticeable.

OTOH, as long as there have been turntables where you could "fine-tune" your playing speed in the + and - direction (and this has existed since the gramophone era after all and well into more recent turntable times), some cases really make me wonder what the fuss is all about as long as the music does not degenerate into some kind of mickey-mousish giggle. :D
Live recordings often ARE a mess soundwise and yet one is often glad to have them. And NO - I have not listened to those Rockland dubs yet.


BUT - this reminds me of something else about this box which I find a bit odd:

Last night I listened to the "Best Plucking In Town" album on CD9 (which is a sort of compilation and some if not all - didn't check closely yet - of the tracks are included in the individual artists' LPs too). Track no. 14 "Blues for a Stripper" (clearly from the Mundell Lowe Soundtrack on CD 3) has a very odd sound drop-out around the 2-minute mark where the volume ebbs off and then comes on again after about 25 seconds. A defect on this CD reissue - or, worse still, on my own CD set? - or a defect that was already present on the original LP? Anybody got that original LP to compare?

Anyway ... wanting to listen to that track in its true fidelity, I spun track no. 9 on CD 3 (which has the full soundtrack). Surprise - a totally different tune. Closer aural comparison (I briefly listened into the others to see if there was a track sequence mixup) seems to indicate that track 9 is THE SAME as track 1 (the title track of that Satan In High Heels soundtrack). But no trace of the track on that compilation. Whazzat? A mixup here on this reissue or an overly "faithful" duplication of a programming error on the original vinyl? Anybody got THAT LP to compare?

Odd ...

Happens with the best of us (including a box set done by one of the forumists here and promoted widely here - and rightly so - a couple of years ago) but still it makes you wonder ...

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:20 AM

Well, I'm not stating I'm an expert at speed issues at all - it's just that I've heard some fixed versions where it made a big difference, even if the sound's bad (that Miles Amsterdam set is just a case in point).

This is really something only specialists should do... in best case, musicians who know the tunes AND the players in question, who know if so-and-so was prone to using sharp pitch or playing this or that tune a half tone lower than most others would do etc. etc. It's very tricky. And that's just the beginning... the main job is then figuring out by how many "cents" a track is off the assumedly correct speed. Often if cassettes are involved, there's a constant shift, say a recording starts at correct pitch but ends half a tone sharp, so you have to figure all of that out in order to fix it. To me, it's an intriguing thing, but I could never do it myself.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:19 AM

Unless there's some sort of intentional production gambit at play, a recording always sounds better when the instruments are heard playing the pitches they actually played. You get the natural resonance and overtones of the sounds. Most brains can sense the difference, if not consciously, then subconsciously.

A long time agoI borrowed a 2-LP set of Miles in Boston (w/Jimmy Zitano & Migliori. iirc) to dub, only to find out that the pitch was off a little less than half a step. My variable speed turntable fixed the proble, and it all fit onto a 90 minute casseteet, at the right pitch.

Then you got that Sonny stuff from Graz(?) where he sounds like he's on alto almost...that one would really be best done on computer...you may not get it exactl, becuase you never now about external factors which might have affected the subtlties of pitch, but you can surely bring a tune back to Ab from B!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:55 AM

Yeah, that Miles in Boston is another good example. A fix of this was around in the net....

And as you say: many will notice the difference without being able to explain it. But most, even musically savvy (or half-savvy such as me) will never be able to correctly perform definitive pitch correction.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:00 AM

You just need to have it to the point where the songs are in the keys they got played in. Between "standard practice", knowing instrumental idiosyncrasies (i.e. - false fingering sounds on saxophone, etc.), and your own good ear, you can usually get close enough. When you get down to a matter of microtones, hey, too many variables. Unless you have a known-quantity reference of that performance, don't sweat it. But otherwise you can get close enough to make it sound real.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:13 PM

for years I listened to Bird play Lester Leaps in (I think it was), from the Rockland Palace, in the key of B. It was so damned fast, I was amazed - until I decided to try to play along.

Edited by AllenLowe, 28 February 2012 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:23 PM

coming back to bird at the rockland palace: the first issue of the complete concert (it was not a club date but a large dance hall) was in 1996 by jazz classic records. all performances are with correctly issued for the first time, running at propper pitch & correct key. it was done by doug pomeroy. they used the two known different sources and put them together. so we have a "true" stereo version of bird playing "lester leaps in"! i donīt know if this 2 cd set is still on the market.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

coming back to bird at the rockland palace: the first issue of the complete concert (it was not a club date but a large dance hall) was in 1996 by jazz classic records. all performances are with correctly issued for the first time, running at propper pitch & correct key. it was done by doug pomeroy. they used the two known different sources and put them together. so we have a "true" stereo version of bird playing "lester leaps in"! i donīt know if this 2 cd set is still on the market.

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It appears to be out of print, though some used copies are circulating. And typically enough, there is a 2008 version from RJR that clearly takes this mastering as the starting point and then adds some unrelated tracks to fill up Disc 2.

It's hard to know what Membran did in this case for this release.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

Got my box today... looks okay, although the booklet starts out much better (more cover pics) than it ends...
I guess there's plenty of errors in the info (the line-up for the Hakim/Jordan LP is totally freaked, for one - the Hakim line-up for the first half of the album is nowhere mentioned at all).

And there's plenty of tape flutter in Lowe's "Satan in High Heels"... not nice!
I wonder if that's on the Collectables edition, too? Got to check.

As for the criticism voiced above regarding Dial, Everest and other label's material being used: it was used by Charlie Parker Records in the first place - there's no use in blaming Membran for including it in this box. It would, though, be interesting to know more about how it came that Charlie Parker Records put out those sides from Tampa, Dial, Savoy (which was based on radio broadcasts anyway... so maybe it was "out there" before Savoy put it out, before Savoy acquired rights, if they ever did, about which I know nothing), whatever...

Also, what's Egmont?
http://www.discogs.com/label/Egmont

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:57 PM

I can confirm that many of the Royal Roost airshots were available long before Savoy issued them. On Everest, for sure, not sure about CP Records. Also pretty sure that some were available on real bootleg LPs even before that.

The missing link in the label chronology is ALA Records...who IIRC correctly had the same mailing address as the legendary Alamac records.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:13 PM

http://www.discogs.c...bel/ALA Records
(what the hell is that Red Holloway thingie, "Erotique"? cover indeed looks like some of those CP releases!)

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:48 AM

Also, what's Egmont?
http://www.discogs.com/label/Egmont


AFAIK Egmont was a budget label that did the U.K. pressings of some of the Charlie Parker Records releases (through a licensing deal or whatever). I have both the Cecil Payne LP and AJS-8 (Lester Young Just you Just Me, see Vol. 16 of the CP box). The back covers of both LPs only refer to the contents of the respective records and to CP Records but I do seem to remember that other Egmont LPs coverd into other fields (non-jazz) and listed their other releases available on their back covers - like other U.K. budget labels such as Fidelio.

BTW, I find that Discogs site (which for some reason is linked rather often here) utterly disturbing. Clearly something thrown together haphazardly from various internet souces without any checking for representativeness (let alone completeness) or plausibility (such as in the case of this Egmont link which lists a totally unrelated recent release). Pretty useless, IMO, this site - except as a sort of memory aid to confirm that there IS something along the lines you vaguely remebered.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:59 AM

Well, I think discogs is what users put in there... it's getting better/more complete as time goes by. It is what it is.
Sometimes it's pretty useful though.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:20 AM

Ok, took a trip to the shelves...the actual label that released all the CP Label stuff in the late 70s was AJ Records, which was "distributed" by ALA Records, 4010 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles California -90016

The series was called Archives Of Jazz, and the covers all looked like this:

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:38 AM

I have four Egmont albums. I can remember where I bought them and the amazement at finding them in a local tobacconist/newsagent at 10 shillings each. Needless to say I bought all four. A stunning bargain at the time for some pretty decent music.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:31 AM

Ok, took a trip to the shelves...the actual label that released all the CP Label stuff in the late 70s was AJ Records, which was "distributed" by ALA Records, 4010 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles California -90016

The series was called Archives Of Jazz, and the covers all looked like this:

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There are more links to the contents of the new 30-CD box:

AJ Records also reissued LPs from the TAMPA label.

Archives of Jazz Vol. 6 (AJ-507) was the Tampa (TP-11) sampler "Jazz Americana" (now on CD No. 12).

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

Got my box today... looks okay, although the booklet starts out much better (more cover pics) than it ends...
I guess there's plenty of errors in the info (the line-up for the Hakim/Jordan LP is totally freaked, for one - the Hakim line-up for the first half of the album is nowhere mentioned at all).

And there's plenty of tape flutter in Lowe's "Satan in High Heels"... not nice!
I wonder if that's on the Collectables edition, too? Got to check.

As for the criticism voiced above regarding Dial, Everest and other label's material being used: it was used by Charlie Parker Records in the first place - there's no use in blaming Membran for including it in this box. It would, though, be interesting to know more about how it came that Charlie Parker Records put out those sides from Tampa, Dial, Savoy (which was based on radio broadcasts anyway... so maybe it was "out there" before Savoy put it out, before Savoy acquired rights, if they ever did, about which I know nothing), whatever...

Also, what's Egmont?
http://www.discogs.com/label/Egmont


Are the discs packaged in jewel cases or mini-lp sleeves?

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:20 PM


Got my box today... looks okay, although the booklet starts out much better (more cover pics) than it ends...
I guess there's plenty of errors in the info (the line-up for the Hakim/Jordan LP is totally freaked, for one - the Hakim line-up for the first half of the album is nowhere mentioned at all).

And there's plenty of tape flutter in Lowe's "Satan in High Heels"... not nice!
I wonder if that's on the Collectables edition, too? Got to check.

As for the criticism voiced above regarding Dial, Everest and other label's material being used: it was used by Charlie Parker Records in the first place - there's no use in blaming Membran for including it in this box. It would, though, be interesting to know more about how it came that Charlie Parker Records put out those sides from Tampa, Dial, Savoy (which was based on radio broadcasts anyway... so maybe it was "out there" before Savoy put it out, before Savoy acquired rights, if they ever did, about which I know nothing), whatever...

Also, what's Egmont?
http://www.discogs.com/label/Egmont


Are the discs packaged in jewel cases or mini-lp sleeves?


I was wondering about that myself...

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:30 PM

I wannit.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:04 PM

Thanks!

Btw, least expensive option for 'mericans seems to be through Amazon Germany.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

Yes, flimsy mini-LP sleeves.
And as I said, info is lacking... sometimes completely, sometimes it's incomplete/wrong/misleading.

Overall, very good value for the price, but don't expect a real quality product.

General question to the older guys here: the Bird material: is it mostly (or even entirely) material that's been spread over and over again? Or is there anything that's rare?
(I obviously got the box for the Lateef, Jordan, Payne etc. albums, not for Bird (or Pres), where I kind of assumed not to get anything new anyway.)

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:11 PM

Pretty interesting set. I've listened to five discs. The material I have sounds better here, surprisingly. Packaging is nothing to write home about, but not a big concern for me at least.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:59 PM

Pretty interesting set. I've listened to five discs. The material I have sounds better here, surprisingly. Packaging is nothing to write home about, but not a big concern for me at least.


Where did you get the set, Lon?

Wasn't most of the previously available stuff put out by Collectables? As we all know, the sound on their product has been nothing to write home about.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:34 PM

I pre-ordered it from amazon.fr.

Not all of this stuff came out on Collectables. Some was Fresh Sounds that I had. They haven't just taken those masterings and put them on cd. What exactly they did do and who did it I don't know, there's no credits at all.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

I pre-ordered it from amazon.fr.

Not all of this stuff came out on Collectables. Some was Fresh Sounds that I had. They haven't just taken those masterings and put them on cd. What exactly they did do and who did it I don't know, there's no credits at all.


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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:59 PM

Maybe. Jordi Pujol should steal him.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:28 PM

why is the art pepper/marty paich on tampa included- was that released by charlie parker records at some point. just where do they get their source material from anyway for something like this. i know its a simple transfer, but im all for all this stuff being convienently available like this. like the other week i saw some small 4 cd box set: red garland on prestige. it was like 12 albums of material. they would make great gifts

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:52 AM

The Marty Paich-Art Pepper session came out on this Charlie Parker album

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