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VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

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VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan Boxset]
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 243:11 minutes | 6,65 GB
FLAC (Mono/Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 243:11 min | 6,01 GB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90122~27 | Artwork: Front cover(s)

ESOTERIC proudly introduces a series of re-master collection – A great Jazz collection from Blue Note label. This newly remastered box set includes the follow titles: Sonny Rollins Vol. 2; John Coltrane - Blue Train; Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'; Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else; Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'; Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage. These new audio versions feature ESOTERIC's proprietary re-mastering process to achieve the highest level of sound quality.


VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins Vol. 2 (1957/2015)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 41:11 minutes | 1,17 GB
FLAC (Mono tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 41:11 minutes | 989 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90122 | Artwork: Front cover

Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2, recorded for Blue Note, is a timeless session and a milestone in jazz history that gathered together some of the founding fathers of the post-bop era. Joining Rollins are Jazz Messengers Art Blakey on drums and Horace Silver on piano, Miles Davis' favorite bassist Paul Chambers, the quintessential trombonist J.J. Johnson, and even Thelonious Monk himself. The tour de force in swing begins with a bang and doesn't let up until the last note has faded away. Rollins' own uptempo "Why Don't I" kicks off the session with a rhythmic jolt before his big tenor launches into a classic swinging solo followed by turns from Johnson and Silver and some heated exchanges with Blakey. The aptly titled "Wail March" begins deceptively with a street-beat groove before careening into several blistering solo choruses. Monk sits in for his own "Misterioso" and "Reflections," two quintessential works from this eccentric master that are given excellent readings here. The bouncing "You Stepped Out of a Dream" provides some tasty interaction between Rollins and Johnson. Finally, the lilting "Poor Butterfly" is a nice bluesy ending to this all-star session.

Tracklist:

01 - Why Don't I
02 - Wail March
03 - Misterioso
04 - Reflections
05 - You Stepped Out Of A Dream
06 - Poor Butterfly

Recorded on April 14, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

Musicians:
Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone
J.J. Johnson - trombone (except "4")
Horace Silver - piano (except "4")
Thelonious Monk - piano on "3 & 4"
Paul Chambers - bass
Art Blakey - drums

Analyzed: Sonny Rollins / Sonny Rollins Vol. 2
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -5.97 dB -15.62 dB 5:49 01-Why Don't I
DR8 -5.88 dB -15.49 dB 6:14 02-Wail March
DR9 -5.76 dB -16.47 dB 9:27 03-Misterioso
DR10 -5.83 dB -16.94 dB 7:06 04-Reflections
DR9 -5.80 dB -16.16 dB 6:26 05-You Stepped Out Of A Dream
DR9 -5.91 dB -16.40 dB 6:08 06-Poor Butterfly
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,62 GB


VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957/2015)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 42:22 minutes | 1,19 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:22 minutes | 1,12 GB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90123 | Artwork: Front cover

Although never formally signed, an oral agreement between John Coltrane and Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lion was indeed honored on Blue Train – Coltrane's only collection of sides as a principal artist for the venerable label. The disc is packed solid with sonic evidence of Coltrane's innate leadership abilities. He not only addresses the tunes at hand, but also simultaneously reinvents himself as a multifaceted interpreter of both hard bop as well as sensitive balladry – touching upon all forms in between. The personnel on Blue Train is arguably as impressive as what they're playing. Joining Coltrane (tenor sax) are Lee Morgan (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Kenny Drew (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums). The triple horn arrangements incorporate an additional sonic density that remains a trademark unique to both this band and album. Of particular note is Fuller's even-toned trombone, which bops throughout the title track as well as the frenetic "Moments Notice." Other solos include Paul Chambers' subtly understated riffs on "Blue Train" as well as the high energy and impact from contributions by Lee Morgan and Kenny Drew during "Locomotion." The track likewise features some brief but vital contributions from Philly Joe Jones – whose efforts throughout the record stand among his personal best. Of the five sides that comprise the original Blue Train, the Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer ballad "I'm Old Fashioned" is the only standard; in terms of unadulterated sentiment, this version is arguably untouchable. Fuller's rich tones and Drew's tastefully executed solos cleanly wrap around Jones' steadily languid rhythms. Without reservation, Blue Train can easily be considered in and among the most important and influential entries not only of John Coltrane's career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well.

Tracklist:

01 - Blue Train
02 - Moment's Notice
03 - Locomotion
04 - I'm Old Fashioned
05 - Lazy Bird

Recorded on September 15, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

Musicians:
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Lee Morgan - trumpet
Curtis Fuller - trombone
Kenny Drew - piano
Paul Chambers - bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums

Analyzed: John Coltrane / Blue Train
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -4.80 dB -17.78 dB 10:47 01-Blue Train
DR10 -4.85 dB -17.24 dB 9:11 02-Moment's Notice
DR10 -4.77 dB -16.71 dB 7:16 03-Locomotion
DR11 -4.77 dB -18.49 dB 7:59 04-I'm Old Fashioned
DR10 -5.03 dB -17.50 dB 7:08 05-Lazy Bird
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Number of tracks: 5
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,66 GB


VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin' (1958/2015)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 37:45 minutes | 1,05 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:45 minutes | 979 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90124 | Artwork: Front cover

Recorded in 1958, this legendary date with the still-undersung Sonny Clark in the leader's chair also featured a young Jackie McLean on alto (playing with a smoother tone than he had before or ever did again), trumpeter Art Farmer, and the legendary rhythm section of bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones, both from the Miles Davis band. The set begins with one of the preeminent "swinging medium blues" pieces in jazz history: the title track with its leveraged fours and eights shoved smoothly up against the walking bass of Chambers and the backbeat shuffle of Jones. Clark's solo, with its grouped fifths and sevenths, is a wonder of both understatement and groove, while Chambers' arco solo turns the blues in on itself. While there isn't a weak note on this record, there are some other tracks that stand out, most notably Miles' "Sippin' at Bells," with its loping Latin rhythm. When McLean takes his solo against a handful of Clark's shaded minor chords, he sounds as if he may blow it – he comes out a little quick – but he recovers nicely and reaches for a handful of Broadway show tunes to counter the minor mood of the piece. He shifts to both Ben Webster and Lester Young before moving through Bird, and finally to McLean himself, riding the margin of the changes to slip just outside enough to add some depth in the middle register. The LP closes with Henderson and Vallée's "Deep Night," the only number in the batch not rooted in the blues. It's a classic hard bop jamming tune and features wonderful solos by Farmer, who plays weird flatted notes all over the horn against the changes, and McLean, who thinks he's playing a kind of snake charmer blues in swing tune. This set deserves its reputation for its soul appeal alone.

Tracklist:

01 - Cool Struttin'
02 - Blue Minor
03 - Sippin' At Bells
04 - Deep Night

Recorded on January 5, 1958 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

Musicians:
Sonny Clark - piano
Jackie McLean - alto saxophone
Art Farmer - trumpet
Paul Chambers - bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums

Analyzed: Sonny Clark / Cool Struttin'
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -5.79 dB -19.54 dB 9:28 01-Cool Struttin'
DR10 -5.87 dB -18.35 dB 10:22 02-Blue Minor
DR11 -5.83 dB -18.31 dB 8:20 03-Sippin' At Bells
DR10 -5.87 dB -18.30 dB 9:35 04-Deep Night
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Number of tracks: 4
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,48 GB


VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else (1958/2015)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 39:02 minutes | 1,07 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:02 minutes | 1003 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90125 | Artwork: Front cover

Cannonball Adderley gave up his own band in 1957 when he had the opportunity to become a sideman in Miles Davis' epic ensemble with John Coltrane, eventually resulting in some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time (including Milestones and Kind of Blue). Davis returned the favor in March of 1958, appearing as a sideman on Adderley's all-star quintet date for Blue Note, and the resulting session is indeed Somethin' Else. Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines on the title tune and "One for Daddy-O," as the rhythm team (Hank Jones, Sam Jones, Art Blakey) creates a taut, focused groove (pianist Hank Jones' sly, intuitive orchestrations are studies of harmonic understatement). Adderley's lush, romantic improvisation on "Dancing in the Dark" is worthy of Charlie Parker or Johnny Hodges, while the band refurbishes "Autumn Leaves" and "Love for Sale" into cliché-free swingers. And "Alison's Uncle" puts a boppish coda on Somethin' Else, one of the most gloriously laid-back blowing sessions of the hard bop era.

Tracklist:

01 - Autumn Leaves
02 - Love For Sale
03 - Somethin' Else
04 - One For Daddy-O
05 - Dancing In The Dark

Recorded on March 9, 1958 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

Musicians:
Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley - alto saxophone
Miles Davis - trumpet
Hank Jones - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Art Blakey - drums

Analyzed: Cannonball Adderley / Somethin' Else
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -5.27 dB -20.72 dB 11:05 01-Autumn Leaves
DR11 -5.31 dB -18.48 dB 7:07 02-Love For Sale
DR11 -5.29 dB -18.00 dB 8:17 03-Somethin' Else
DR11 -5.18 dB -18.30 dB 8:27 04-One For Daddy-O
DR12 -5.62 dB -20.03 dB 4:06 05-Dancing In The Dark
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Number of tracks: 5
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,53 GB


VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (1959/2015)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 40:22 minutes | 1,11 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 40:22 minutes | 1028 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90126 | Artwork: Front cover

Moanin' includes some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. There are three tracks that are immortal and will always stand the test of time. The title selection is a pure tuneful melody stewed in a bluesy shuffle penned by pianist Bobby Timmons, while tenor saxophonist Benny Golson's classy, slowed "Along Came Betty" and the static, militaristic "Blues March" will always have a home in the repertoire of every student or professional jazz band. "Are You Real?" has the most subtle of melody lines, and "Drum Thunder Suite" has Blakey's quick blasting tom-tom-based rudiments reigning on high as the horns sigh, leading to hard bop. "Come Rain or Come Shine" is the piece that commands the most attention, a highly modified, lilting arrangement where the accompanying staggered, staccato rhythms contrast the light-hearted refrains. Certainly a complete and wholly satisfying album, Moanin' ranks with the very best of Blakey and what modern jazz offered in the late '50s and beyond.

Tracklist:

01 - Moanin'
02 - Are You Real
03 - Along Came Betty
04 - The Drum Thunder Suite
05 - Blues March
06 - Come Rain Or Come Shine

Recorded on October 30, 1958 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

Musicians:
Art Blakey - drums
Lee Morgan - trumpet
Benny Golson - tenor saxophone
Bobby Timmons - piano
Jymie Merritt - bass

Analyzed: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers / Moanin'
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -5.26 dB -20.49 dB 9:38 01-Moanin'
DR10 -5.27 dB -17.93 dB 4:51 02-Are You Real
DR12 -5.08 dB -19.81 dB 6:11 03-Along Came Betty
DR10 -5.29 dB -17.78 dB 7:34 04-The Drum Thunder Suite
DR11 -5.20 dB -19.11 dB 6:17 05-Blues March
DR11 -5.12 dB -19.19 dB 5:50 06-Come Rain Or Come Shine
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,59 GB


VA - Blue Note: 6 Great Jazz (2015) [Esoteric Japan SACD Boxset] (DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC)

Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (1965/2015)
DSD64 2.0 (tracks.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 42:29 minutes | 1,13 GB
FLAC (Stereo tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 42:29 minutes | 1012 MB
Source: SACD-R, Esoteric # ESSB-90127 | Artwork: Front cover

Less overtly adventurous than its predecessor, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage nevertheless finds Herbie Hancock at a creative peak. In fact, it's arguably his finest record of the '60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop. By this point, the pianist had been with Miles Davis for two years, and it's clear that Miles' subdued yet challenging modal experiments had been fully integrated by Hancock. Not only that, but through Davis, Hancock became part of the exceptional rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, who are both featured on Maiden Voyage, along with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman. The quintet plays a selection of five Hancock originals, many of which are simply superb showcases for the group's provocative, unpredictable solos, tonal textures, and harmonies. While the quintet takes risks, the music is lovely and accessible, thanks to Hancock's understated, melodic compositions and the tasteful group interplay. All of the elements blend together to make Maiden Voyage a shimmering, beautiful album that captures Hancock at his finest as a leader, soloist, and composer.

Tracklist:

01 - Maiden Voyage
02 - The Eye Of The Hurricane
03 - Little One
04 - Survival Of The Fittest
05 - Dolphin Dance

Recorded on March 17, 1965 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

Musicians:
Herbie Hancock - piano
Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
George Coleman - tenor saxophone
Ron Carter - bass
Tony Williams - drums

Analyzed: Herbie Hancock / Maiden Voyage
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -5.47 dB -22.49 dB 8:00 01-Maiden Voyage
DR12 -5.50 dB -19.82 dB 6:04 02-The Eye Of The Hurricane
DR13 -5.57 dB -22.84 dB 8:52 03-Little One
DR13 -5.00 dB -22.48 dB 10:09 04-Survival Of The Fittest
DR14 -5.45 dB -22.82 dB 9:24 05-Dolphin Dance
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Number of tracks: 5
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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Size of the folder with DSF files ~ 1,67 GB

ESOTERIC equipment used for re-mastering:
The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the quality of the original master. ESOTERIC′s flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model G-0Rb and ESOTERIC MEXCEL interconnect cables and power cords, were all used for this re-mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed to capturing the high quality sound of the original master.
This Box Set Produced by Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (Victor Creative Media Co., Ltd. Mastering Center)

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