Don Sebesky - Giant Box (1973/2013) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

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Don Sebesky - Giant Box (1973/2013) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Don Sebesky - Giant Box (1973/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 59:32 minutes | 1,65 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:32 minutes | 1,29 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Giant Box" is a double album by American arranger/conductor and composer Don Sebesky featuring performances recorded in 1973 and released on the CTI label…

This may have been Creed Taylor's most ambitious single project. As the cash was flowing in the wake of Deodato's massive "2001" hit, Taylor rounded up almost every headliner on CTI's roster, had house-arranger Don Sebesky write big-thinking charts for them, and gave Sebesky top billing and two LPs of space. Two decades later, the lineup reads almost like a gathering of the gods – Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, all on one album. Thankfully the musicmaking lives up to the billing. Everything that gave CTI its distinctive sound and identity is here – the classical adaptations (Stravinsky's Firebird is merged shotgun-style with John McLaughlin's "Birds of Fire"), elaborate orchestrations and structuring, pop-tune covers, plenty of room for the star soloists to stretch out in a combo format. The stars all come out to shine; Desmond sounds especially inspired in a shimmering "Song to a Seagull" and Hubbard and Washington burn furiously on the appropriately-titled "Free as a Bird." And Sebesky was given a flyer to experiment; hence the wild extended swarms of freeform strings on "Firebird" and Laws' fancy Echoplexed winds on "Fly." The two original LPs were gathered in a classical-style box, complete with a booklet of photos and an interview with Sebesky, but the austere CBS CD reissue condenses everything onto a generic single disc. However less ostentatious, Giant Box still ranks as a sensational coup and a reminder of how potent CTI was at its peak.


01 - Firebird / Birds Of Fire
02 - Song To A Seagull
03 - Free As A Bird
04 - Psalm 150
05 - Vocalise
06 - Fly / Circles
07 - Semi-Tough

Produced by Creed Taylor. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on April 9, 17 and 18, 1973 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Don Sebesky - electric piano, organ, clavinet, accordion, arranger, conductor
Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
Grover Washington, Jr. - alto saxophone
George Benson - electric guitar
Airto Moreira - percussion
Milt Jackson - vibraphone
Jackie Cain, Roy Kral - vocals
Paul Desmond - alto saxophone
Hubert Laws - soprano saxophone, flute
Joe Farrell - soprano saxophone
Ron Carter - bass, electric bass, piccolo bass
Bob James - organ
Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette - drums
Randy Brecker, Alan Rubin, Joe Shepley - trumpet, flugelhorn
Garnett Brown - trombone
Wayne Andre, Warren Covington - trombone, baritone horn
Paul Faulise, Alan Raph - bass trombone, baritone horn
Jim Buffington, Earl Chapin - French horn
Tony Price - tuba
Walt Levinsky - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Phil Bodner - soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo
George Marge - soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, English horn
Romeo Penque - soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn
Rubens Bassini - conga
Dave Friedman, Phil Kraus, Ralph MacDonald, Airto Moreira - percussion
Alfred Brown, Harry Cykman, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Harry Glickman, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, Charles Libove, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Nadien, Gene Orloff, Elliot Rosoff, Irving Spice - violin
Seymour Barab, Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Alan Shulman - cello
Homer Mensch - bass
Margaret Ross - harp
Lani Groves, Carl Caldwell, Tasha Thomas - vocals

Analyzed: Don Sebesky / Giant Box

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR12 -4.97 dB -21.25 dB 13:56 01-Firebird / Birds Of Fire
DR12 -8.98 dB -26.19 dB 5:50 02-Song To A Seagull
DR12 -4.04 dB -21.95 dB 8:13 03-Free As A Bird
DR13 -5.90 dB -23.61 dB 8:11 04-Psalm 150
DR12 -12.12 dB -28.81 dB 5:40 05-Vocalise
DR13 -5.98 dB -22.80 dB 9:49 06-Fly / Circles
DR13 -4.33 dB -21.13 dB 7:53 07-Semi-Tough

Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64

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