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Posted: March 15, 2005 at 11:08 PM - IP Logged
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I bought a handful of new CD's for myself this weekend. They are all relatively bass heavy OR good songs for testing nice clean and balanced bass. Here are some quick reviews after at least one full listen each.
Arturo Sandoval - My Passion for the Piano
This one is my find of the weekend. Many of the jazz cd's I find today are overly processed and synthesised. This one reminds me of sitting in Blues Alley in Georgetown, sipping a gin & tonic, and being completely taken by the music and groove. Each of the five musicians just jams on his instrument and Arturo does a fantastic job on the piano; dancing that fine line between improvisation and moving each song's story along.
Ben Allison - Buzz
Another not-overly processed find, this one features the lead musician, Ben Allison, on the bass. Since the Bass is featured the engineering was obviously most centered on this instrument and the result is fantastic. Use this CD to help evaluate everything from your sub bass to mid bass to highs. This CD won't be fun if you have a one-note wonder sub bass system and poorly balanced midbass.
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End of the World Party
Think serious groove cd. This one is a little more processed, but is also bass heavy, featuring Medeski on keyboards, Martin on drums, and Wood on bass. Really a quite exciting cd and an excellent test to ensure that things don't get muddy when the pace is a little faster than the previous two cd's.
George Benson - Irreplaceable
This cd got a bit processed for me; too much like commercial R&B on a lot of the songs. Many of the songs felt like George wants some radio hits. Nice bass and some decent guitar grooves in parts, but probably my least favorite purchase of the weekend.
Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething
I've seen this dude on a couple of the late night shows and he really impressed me. The cover and title of the CD makes me think pop-junk, but this guy rocks. Liner notes confirm what listening instantly gives away - it was recored almost entirely live. It was also mixed almost entirely in the analog domain. The sound quality is excellent. The "live" excitement is excellent. Think back to Blues Alley again. He has a great mix of new songs and new interpretations of standards like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." ___________________________________ New Project: 2003 Pathfinder
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Posted: March 16, 2005 at 6:47 PM - IP Logged
I'm enjoying this thread...it gives me some targets to look for. About all I hear now that isn't one of "my" CDs are the teenybopper pop hits that my 12 yr old daughter likes to listen to on the radio (blechh!).
kfr01: I'm going to be looking for you someday in the audio trade magazines writing articles and doing reviews. You should copy and keep some of the posts you've written on this forum for your portfolio. (To hell with law! heh heh)
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Posted: March 17, 2005 at 8:06 AM - IP Logged
Ok, I'd just like to clarify here for Raven. Country should have like, no bass. Atleast true country. Now if you are referring to country rock I can see, because that is some lame hybrid of the two that should have never been done. If a "true" country slips in a bass, it should be so incredibly subtle... If the song has enough bass to truly rumble(Assuming you don't have boosts or anything to help it along) then it is not country, it is hybrid and it should be shot, period. Ok I'm done. :) Sorry, just dislike the confusion between the two.
(I hate country, only 1 artist has ever gotten on my good side and that was because of lyrics, not anything else.)
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Posted: March 17, 2005 at 11:34 AM - IP Logged
gotta say something about the above post. I don't really like counrty/western music. that said, I chose to say country/western because it is a subgenre of a larger musical family. First and foremost, country music came from bluegrass, which came from jazz and classical music. to say that country music should not have bass is just wrong. the double bass (bass cello or upright bass if you prefer) and the tuba are both mainstays of bluegrass music as it doesn't have any drum or precussion (I intentionally didn't say rythym section as it certainly does have that) and those two instruments can easily play down to the 40 HZ range, the tuba, probobly lower. So while some counrty might be missing the low end, to say that country should not have bass is quite simply an incorrect statement. Perhaps there are other variations of country that you like and I simply am unfarmiliar with but I cannot comment on those...
kfr01: excellent reviews, I love that medeski album and will check out the Aurturo disc too.
my contributions: remastered reggae really pounds. I believe RCA rereleased their old marley albums in ADD and they really impress me particularly the album EXODUS. i also recommend victor wooten's album what did he say, very cool basslines on that disc
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