Marty Paich Big Band – What’s New

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  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy has Tubey Magical Big Band sound to die for
  • If you large group swinging West Coast Jazz is your thing – think Art Pepper Plus Eleven – you will really get a kick out of this one
  • With All Tube 1957 engineering from the legendary Bones Howe at Radio Recorders, this record’s audiophile credentials are fully in order
  • Amazon 5 Stars: “…there’s a wonderful, almost nostalgic, fifties West Coast Jazz vibe warmly glowing throughout.”

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This is a wonderful example of the kind of record that makes record collecting FUN.

Albert Marx was the producer of the original sessions back in 1957. Fast forward to the ’80s and Marx is now the owner of his very own jazz label, Discovery Records. Who would know the sound of the original tapes better than he? Working with Dave Ellsworth at KM, Marx has here produced one of the better jazz reissues we’ve heard in years.

As we never tire of saying, Old and New can sometimes work extremely well together. What’s New is another remarkable Demo Disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording Technology, with the added benefit of mastering on the more modern cutting equipment of the early ’80s. We are of course here referring to the good modern mastering of 35 years ago, not the bad modern mastering of today.

This album was surely mastered from the real two-track analog tapes, not some digital copies of whatever master they could lay their hands on. And the difference, of course, is not just audible. It’s night and day.

Cool West Coast Jazz

If you like the sound of relaxed, tube-mastered jazz — and what red-blooded audiophile doesn’t — you can’t do much better than Marty Paich and the group of pro’s pros he rounded up for these sessions. The warmth and immediacy of the sound here are guaranteed to blow practically any Large Jazz Group recording you own right out of the water.

Both sides of this very special pressing are huge, rich, tubey and clear. As soon as the band got going we knew that this was absolutely the right sound for this music.

What these amazing West Coast sides have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1957
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments of the band (check out the list below) having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space
  • No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above

Amazing Tubey Magic

For us audiophiles both the sound and the music here are enchanting. If you’re looking to demonstrate just how good 1957 All Tube Analog sound can be, this killer copy should be just the record for you.

This copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience. Talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny. This is vintage analog at its best, so full-bodied and relaxed you’ll wonder how it ever came to be that anyone seriously contemplated trying to improve it.

This is the sound of Tubey Magic. No recordings will ever be made like this again, and no CD will ever capture what is in the grooves of this record. There is of course a CD of the album, but those of us in possession of a working turntable could care less.

Top West Coast Players Letting Loose

Baritone Saxophone – Marty Berman
Bass – Joe Mondragon
Drums – Mel Lewis
Engineer – Bones Howe, Wally Kamin
French Horn – Vince De Rosa
Mastered By – Dave Ellsworth
Piano – Marty Paich
Producer – Albert L. Marx
Saxophone – Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper, Herb Geller
Trombone – Herbie Harper
Trumpet – Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon, Pete Candoli
Valve Trombone, Clarinet – Bob Enevoldsen