A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.
Both sides have that Midnight Blue magic — superb transparency, plenty of deep bass, silky highs, and TONS of energy. The sound of the congas on this copy is wonderful — so punchy with clearly audible transients and so much ambience, it sounded to us like Ray Barretto was right there in the room with us, over by the left speaker. The ultimate copies have a degree of clarity that can BLOW YOU AWAY.
Without previous Hot Stampers around its impossible to compare, but I can’t recall ever hearing a copy this amazing on both sides.
Don’t think this is just another jazz guitar album. With Stanley Turrentine on sax and Ray Baretto on congas, this record will move you like practically no other. This is one of the all time great jazz guitar albums and probably my favorite Kenny Burrell album of all time. Not only that, but it’s definitely one of the all-time best sounding Blue Note recordings.
Classic Records cut this album not long ago and even though I’ve never played their version, I know this pressing sounds better. How can I know that? Because they’ve never cut a record this good sounding in the entire history of that company, period!
The reason this copy has such transparency and such an extended top end compared to other copies is obviously due, to some degree, to better cutting equipment. I’ve never heard an original with this kind of resolution, these leading edge transients, this kind of bass definition, and on and on. Collectors pay hundreds of dollars for original copies that don’t sound nearly as good as this one.