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11 hours ago, Rabshakeh said:

I find it has a dry style with very prominent bass.

Whatever it is, it really doesn't sit well with me. Which is a shame, because it's right in the chronological sweet spot for me, and it has a great catalogue of musicians. I'm aware that this is a minority view.

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10 hours ago, Rabshakeh said:

We all have our own tastes. But for me, given the quality of ingredients and cooking, Enja is probably one of the worst contenders of all record labels. It took me a while to identify that it was probably the label's production values.

I don't have that many Enja titles, but I fairly recently accumulated a reasonable number via 1800 yen Japanese reissue threefers.

I also find the Enja sound very dry. Bass-heavy seems plausible (I'm listening to a recently acquired Abdullah Ibrahim set right now), though I'd have to listen a bit more to say.

But if I turn the volume up (louder than I ordinary listen) the sound livens up and becomes more enjoyable. Weirdly, I seemingly have to listen to Enja recordings at a higher perceived loudness than other labels. I thought the Ibrahim discs I'm listening to now were lemons until I had the bright idea (only tonight) to crank up the volume.

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4 hours ago, jazzbo said:

Mingus Big Band “Que Viva Mingus!–Largely Latin”

This one will get the system dancing.

 

Love the Mingus BB! I've seen them quite a few times - most recently in December at their latest NY Venue, DROM in the East Village.

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2 hours ago, T.D. said:

But if I turn the volume up (louder than I ordinary listen) the sound livens up and becomes more enjoyable. Weirdly, I seemingly have to listen to Enja recordings at a higher perceived loudness than other labels. I thought the Ibrahim discs I'm listening to now were lemons until I had the bright idea (only tonight) to crank up the volume.

Interesting! Will try that.

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Mel Powell “It’s Been so Long” Vanguard cd

To include the title of a Cannoball album, this is “sophisticated swing” indeed.

I almost have all of Powell on Vanguard in one form or another. Great music.

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8 hours ago, Rabshakeh said:

Interesting! Will try that.

 

8 hours ago, soulpope said:

Regard the "Enja Sound" : don't have a problem with releases til the late(r) 70's, subsequently a "clinical sound" with less dynamics and bass takes over ....

To muddy the waters...I do have 3 Attila Zoller Enja reissues that sound better and more lively (Common Cause, Overcome and Dream Bells).

OTOH, I've been getting Japanese reissues so am not certain whether they have been remastered or remixed. These three recordings seem to have significantly higher output levels than most of my other Enjas and I don't have to turn the volume up.

I have a Japanese reissue of Clay by Yosuke Yamashita Trio (1974) on Enja, haven't listened for a while but recall it as pretty intense and not lacking. Will have to spin it again soon.

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2 hours ago, ghost of miles said:

Yep, brand-new. Sounded lovely the first time through, and Brian Blade never lets it get too sleepy… has he recorded with Lloyd before? 

I was thinking the same and I don't believe he has. It's been Eric Harland mostly in recent years.

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