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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Autumn In New York (1965/Intermusic SA-CD/Super Audio Compact Disc Hybrid/Top Music International)

 

Sound/DSD 2.0 Stereo: B     PCM 2.0 Stereo: B-     Music: B

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: This Super Audio Compact Disc is only available from our friends at Top Music International, has a Compact Disc layer that will play on virtually all CD players and can be ordered at the link below.

 

 

There have been many great Jazz/Soul/Pop collaborations over the decades, like Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway, not to mention other one-time duets or duet albums, but before all of them, the first such match made in music heaven was Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.  She, one of the greatest vocalists of her or any generation, he, a genius musician with a distinct voice like no other and both, groundbreaking innovators and superior artists who paved the way for the worldwide music industry and continue to be two of its greatest giants.  Autumn In New York is a new Super Audio CD release of their work together and as usual, it has so much chemistry, joy and smoothness that we will never hear the likes of it or them again.

 

The original analog masters were remastered for this release as follows:

 

The Project re-mastered by Povee Chan

32Bits/192kHz High Resolution Mastering

SADiE DSD Digital Precision

Mastering Monitor: Almarro M1A

Monitor Amplifier: Octave Jubliee Preamp

Power System: Isoclean Power Conditioning System

Mastered with Fap Cable

Hybrid Stereo, Plays on all SACD and CD Players

Made in Germany by Sonopress

 

 

The results are some of the best digital representations of the work of either artist to date and they perform the following classics:

 

1)     Summer Time

2)     Can't We Be Friends

3)     A Foggy Day

4)     Love Is Here To Stay

5)     Don't Be That Way

6)     I Won't Dance

7)     I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

8)     Autumn in New York

9)     Stompin' At The Savoy

10)  A Fine Romance

11)  Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

12)  Cheek To Cheek

13)  Moonlight in Vermont

14)  They Can't Take That Way From Me

15)  Under A Blanket Of Blue

16)  Tenderly

 

 

These later recordings are fine for their time and the makers skipped multi-channel remixing.  The result is detail in the music you would not hear otherwise when you listen to the high resolution DSD 2.0 Stereo tracks.  Fitzgerald (known later for her scatting-until-a-glass-breaks audio tape TV ads) can sing in such superior ways that a few new generations of true music fans need to rediscover her and when you hear her on this disc, you immediately understand why she is a legend as much as hearing the new Beatles remasters.  The nuance and flowing way she weaves in and out of all material is so above most vocalists today, it is not even funny as she makes it seem so easy, but it is only that easy when you have the voice of Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Then there is Armstrong, joining in as if it were the most natural thing in the world, his gruff voice (singing and scatting) showing a love of music that the listener is instantly won over by.  And to think he was playing instruments (especially the cornet) at the same high level.  Know best known for the occasional revival of one of his songs (usually by inclusion in a film to TV release) and the 1969 love theme We Have All The Time In The World to the classic James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (reviewed elsewhere on this site in several versions), the recent big screen films to use his music include Pixar’s WALL-E and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster.  His voice here is as rich as his inclusion in any of those high profile projects.

 

The PCM 2.0 Stereo CD layer is not bad either, but no match for the DSD, so here is yet another new disc that should make you want to get an SA-CD player.

 

 

To find out more about ordering, start with this link, then go to the ORDER icon at the top of the page on the right-hand side under the logo:

 

http://www.topmusic.com/ud-sacd8933.2.htm

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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