Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blue Note Perfect Takes (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered)

This is basically a curiosity piece for harder than hardcore jazz fans. These ten tracks were chosen by Rudy Van Gelder, Blue Note's celebrated and indeed legendary engineer, from the label's collection of RVG editions. Some of these cuts, such as Thelonious Monk's "Four in One" and Miles Davis' "Budo" from the Birth of the Cool sessions, were not originally engineered by Van Gelder -- however, he did reengineer them for CD reissue. On these selections he worked from the original lacquer discs, giving him the ability to reproduce sound far more faithfully than any previous CD or LP issue. This means that these versions are supposedly better mastered than even the RVG series. Other cuts he chose were Hank Mobley's "Remember," Freddie Hubbard's "Arietis," Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," Kenny Burrell's "Midnight Blue," Jimmy Smith's "See See Rider," Donald Byrd's "Christo Redentor," Art Blakey's killer read of "Moon River" from 1961, and Joe Henderson's mighty "Mode for Joe." Given the highly idiosyncratic picks of Van Gelder, this collection will have many jazzheads debating and musing over the contents. But it is likely only to be of interest to those who either need everything or have simply got to have the best in audio reproduction. In addition to the music, Blue Note has also included a bonus DVD that contains an interview with Van Gelder by Michael Cuscuna about the many artists he has worked with, personal reminiscences, and his own view of his legacy. ~ Thom Jurek

1 Four In One Thelonious Monk 3:31
2 Budo Miles Davis 2:35
3 Remember Hank Mobley 5:41
4 Arietis Freddie Hubbard 6:40
5 Midnight Blue Kenny Burrell 4:01
6 Mode for Joe Joe Henderson 8:03
7 Cristo Redentor Donald Byrd 5:43
8 Footprints Wayne Shorter 7:31
9 Moon River Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 5:12
10 See See Rider Jimmy Smith 6:34


marram62 said...

marram62 said...

(also check out)

RVG Series Sampler:

01 Jimmy Smith - Jumpin' the Blues
02 Duke Jordan - Flight to Jordan
03 Grant Green - My Little Suede Shoes
04 Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
05 Lee Morgan - Little T
06 Ike Quebec - Lloro Tu Despedia
07 Paul Chambers - Chamber Mates
08 Thad Jones - Something to Remember You By
09 Lou Donaldson - South of the Border
10 Walter Davis, Jr. - Loodle Lot
11 Baby Face Willette - High 'n Low
12 Kenny Dorham - Afrodisia

OldHippieRick said...

Thanks ~ rick

Satchelmouth said...


Anonymous said...

Just checked the Blue Note page, but there's a record missing in their Rudy Van Gelder Collection that, imho, should also be included: Freddie Roach - Brown Sugar