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    Posted: 11 Sep 2012 at 7:35am
What album do you think is technically the best album recorded? Not necessarily the best performance (although that would be a big plus), but just a great recording.

 Now that I can actually hear what is recorded. I find myself listening to more technically well recorded albums. My listening tastes tends to lean towards people like Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, but I am trying to expand my horizons.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2012 at 9:21am
Amongst jazz records, I have always been impressed with the recording of "Money Jungle" (Ellington, Mingus, Roach) it sounds like they are right there in the room with you.
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Great question, I'll have a think
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It is said that the company sent the sample to Manfred Eicher of ECM when a Japanese recordmaker releases an album of Paul Bley in old days. Because Manfred Eicher was a producer, Manfred Eicher noticed that a sample was different from a tape recording. The Japanese recordmaker seemed to try the correction of the range to let you release an album. The communication continued, but, as a result, the Japanese recordmaker got approval of ECM. Probably there will be the engineer editing an album freely like Teo Macero. However, the good collaborator understands the intention of the musician.
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I was surprised at the sound quality to listen to a live album of King Crimson having been recorded by DAT (digital audio tape). However, the DAT is forgotten now by people. The old jazz record had the part that a master ring is vague, but good frequency will be included in vinyl than a CD. In any case I think that it is the most comfortable to experience live even if I purchased an expensive stereo system.
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Many of Miles Davis' albums are quite well recorded, pick almost any studio album after 1955. "Kind of Blue", "Miles Smiles", "In A Silent Way", and "Bitches Brew" are excellent.

Dave Holland - "Prime Directive" and "Not for Nuthin", and John Coltrane - "Giant Steps" sound really good to my ears.

Fusion albums from the 70s like Return to Forever - "Romantic Warrior" or Herbie Hancock - "Headhunters", "Thrust" and "Man-Child" are almost perfect recording quality. 2000s fusion albums like John Scofield - "Uberjam", Hiromi - "Time Control", and Garaj Mahal - "Blueberry Cave" are excellent.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote idlero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2012 at 1:34am
ECM is widely recognized as having very high quality recordings
I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again ...
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Alex Machacek's 24 Tales.  Technically brilliant, and wonderfully recorded.  Very wide sound stage ...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frederic_Alderon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Dec 2018 at 2:19pm
I always low those three:
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Pat Metheny Group The Way Up
Especially the last one - improvising is a great thing when done professionally,  and it draws on some inspiration from past legends which can be heard if one is listening intently enough
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