A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.
This Contemporary Yellow Label MONO LP is West Coast Jazz at its best!
One quality of this side one that really took us by surprise was how DYNAMIC it is. The second track gets loud in a way that only one or two out of a hundred records does. (This is about the number of records we play in a week and I would have to say that no other record this week was more dynamic, hence the rough estimate above.)
As you can imagine there’s not much going on at the frequency extremes, high or low; we have yet to hear a Mono recording from 1956 that boasts full bandwidth sound, but the middle sure can be awfully nice!
A+ to A++, with rich, smooth, lovely West Coast jazz sound. The horns can get a bit hard when loud.
Check out the dynamics on track two — Wow!
A+ to A++, clean and lively. Zero smear and nearly as dynamic as side one. Track two, more than fifteen minutes long, is richer than track one by the way.
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