Pristine Jazz Collection Vol. 1 - PABX010

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Pristine Jazz Collection Vol. 1 - PABX010

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PRISTINE JAZZ: 11 albums over 13 CDs of classic remastered Jazz, featuring:

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Jean Sablon, Wardell Gray, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Louis Armstrong et al

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CHARLIE PARKER with Strings, the XR Remasters (1949-52) - PAJZ001

Charlie Parker's legendary recordings with string orchestra

Newly restored using XR remastering technology

Charlie Parker's three studio sessions with strings came at a time of great ongoing improvements in recording quality, with the innovations of both tape recording and the commercial vinyl record both being contemporary developments.

Hence the first six tracks here were cut directly to disc, in the traditional manner, and with the traditional problems for a restorater to contend with! By contrast I'm pretty certain that both the 1950 and 1952 sessions were taped.

This was a time where recordings were being issued on both the 78rpm shellac and new 33/45rpm vinyl microgroove formats. Each of these performances is timed to fit a single 78rpm side, though the first ten-inch LP, consisting of tracks 1-14, was released in the USA as early as 1950. The four tracks which complete this release found their initial vinyl issue on a 7" 45rpm EP.

So why go back and remaster these recordings, when there's a perfectly well-loved Verve CD on the market? Well personally I've never been 100% happy with the sound - and I've always felt that it's one of those recordings which is tantalisingly close to sounding so much better. Therefore I was fascinated to find out how it would respond to my continuing experimentation in widening the application of XR remastering beyond the realm of classical music.

The effect of the remastering for the listener is to remove what is at times quite a heavy veil over the music, as well as greatly improving on what was at times a pretty poor tonal balance. What the remastering revealed to me, especially with the earlier cuts, was in some instances some really quite flawed originals, which then required a considerable degree of pretty advanced further restoration. Some of damage this is still just about audible in Summertime - you may just notice a slight 'waa-waa' effect in the upper treble at times, a problem previously buried under the murk and one that's particularly time-consuming and tricky to correct. Elsewhere,