True Audiophile: The Best Of Groove Note, Volume 3 (2019)

Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes, Norman Gimbel, Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt, Gus Kahn, Jerry Goldsmith, Lauren White, W. White, Ruth Lowe, Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Roy Gaines, Coleman Hawkins

Various Artists

After the successes of True Audiophile: The Best Of Groove Note, Volume 1 and True Audiophile: The Best Of Groove Note, Volume 2, Groove Note presents another audiophile collection of their talented artists in Stereo DSD! Just like before, True Audiophile Volume 3 features some of the best cuts from a world renowned music label, Groove Note! 

In addition, this volume features an Unreleased Bonus Track from talented vocalist Skye and an exclusive Bonus Track from Luqman Hamza, both Never-Before-Released on earlier Groove Note albums in DSD.   

The album highlights include: 

* Two selections from The Anthony Wilson Trio's album Jack of Hearts.  Anthony is the guitarist for Diana Krall
* Blues Guitarist extraordinaire Roy Gaines
* The sensual and seductive '40s & '50s voice of Luqman Hamza
* The intimate, delicate, sweet and tender voice of Jacintha
* A soul-stirring, captivating performance by the Jung Sisters
* ... and much, much more! 


All tracks on True Audiophile Volume 3 have been transferred from the original Direct to DSD or Analog recordings to DSD masters! 
The album also features Unreleased Bonus tracks from Skye and Luqman Hamza, both Never-Before-Released in DSD! 


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Jacintha is a popular vocalist, actress and journalist known for her performances and writing in both the United States and Singapore. She was born in 1957 to musician parents, the Sri Lankan classical guitarist Alex Abisheganaden, a recipient of the Cultural Medallion, and a Chinese mother who sang and played the piano. She studied piano and voice from her early teens and also sang in the Singapore Youth Choir, where she met her future collaborator Dick Lee.

Growing up, Jacintha listened to a wide variety of music – not only vocal jazz and traditional pop, but also artists who ranged from Stevie Wonder to Joni Mitchell to South African singer Miriam Makeba. Jacintha was a big fan of Brazilian bandleader Sergio Mendes during her upbringing. Jacintha was educated at Marymount Convent School, Raffles Institution and the National University of Singapore, where she graduated with an honors degree in English. She then went to America where she studied creative writing at Harvard University. Jacintha first came to prominence in 1976 when she won a local television talent contest, Talentime, singing jazz. She continued this winning streak in 1981, when she nabbed the Best Female Performer award for her role as Nurse Angamuthu in General Hospital at the Drama Festival.

In 1983, Jacintha released her debut album Silence. The new wave album, containing a cover of the Bee Gees' "Run to Me", was reviewed positively, with The Straits Times calling it "probably the most impressive debut album...from a local singer." In the mid-1990s, actor Lim Kay Tong introduced Jacintha to Ying Tan, who signed her to his Groove Note label. Her first jazz album was released in 1998: Here's To Ben – A Vocal Tribute To Ben Webster. Jacintha's second album for the Groove Note label, Autumn Leaves: The Songs of Johnny Mercer (1999) has seen the title track being used for TV series Alias, while the bonus track "Here's to Life" was used as the title track for the Hollywood movie Play It to the Bone.

In 2004, Jacintha performed her own cabaret jazz show, The Angina Monologues at the Old Parliament House, Singapore. In 2006, she served as a judge on the second season of Singapore Idol. In 2012, she returned to the stage after 13 years, playing herself in Ong Keng Sen's National Broadway Company, a musical commissioned for the Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay's 10th anniversary.

photo: from booklet 'The Girl from Bossa Nova'

Luqman Hamza

Luqman Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) grew up in Kansas City’s fabled 18th and Vine district. “Charlie Parker lived two blocks from our house” and there were at least 50 clubs within a six-block area. “I was surrounded by music,” Hamza said, “it was part of my living room.” As a child, Hamza was getting pennies and nickels for singing near his boyhood home. From age eleven until he was seventeen, Luqman studied voice and piano under the tutelage of the Reverend John S. Williams, a native of Jamaica. Williams, a renowned minister and choir director at the Bethel Church and a music teacher at the famed Lincoln High School, is credited with educating many of Kansas City’s finest musicians. At the age of 12 Hamza, along with life-long friend Sonny Kenner, Lucky Wesley and various other artists, formed a group known as the Four Steps and later the Five Aces. This group would play several clubs in the 18th and Vine district including Scott’s Theater and the Chez Paris. In 1948 they won a statewide high school talent contest, which allowed them to play on the Bob Hope show at Municipal Auditorium Music Hall. They would also land a live radio broadcast on KIMO every Sunday for several weeks. He co-wrote When You Surrender with Ted Battagila when he was 19. This record was his first chart hitting release on Decca/Damon label. Hamza sat in for Bob Wilson, the piano player at Bill Vaughn’s Flamingo on 39th and Main, when Charlie Parker was in town. Charlie Parker sat in on the gig with him, and at the age of 21 was able to sit in at the Boulevard Room with Miles Davis. “To me, Miles always sounded like he was singing through his horn.” In 1954 Hamza would venture out of Kansas City to build his growing career. He would play in St. Louis at the Glass Bar and The Toast of the Town. Shortly after, Luqman went to Chicago. “I found the very essence of being in Chicago musical – everything from the melodic sound of the EL to the radio programs, clubs and musicians.” In the late 1950s Hamza thrived while the jazz scene was at its peak. His first performance in Chicago was at the Black Orchid in 1959. He also performed at the Playboy and numerous clubs on Rush Street. “For me, being able to sing and play and doing my own accompaniment, I was always able to find work.” He lived and “gigged” in Chicago for over a decade. “Music is very religious,” said Hamza, who became a Muslim in the mid 60’s. “The Church was like the black person’s college.” Having been raised in a Christian household, Luqman began to hear of Islam while in Chicago. In those days the musicians were responsible for moving the religion around the country. Up until that point Luqman had performed under the name Larry Cummings; it was later that he adopted the name Luqman Hamza. A man named Luqman is mentioned in the Quran as the wise man, and Hamzah is the name of the Prophet Mohammad’s uncle. “God gave me Luqman Hamza”, Luqman would proclaim. “I am responsible for that name.” Hamza would continue to perform and honor his name and his way of life across the country. 1971 marked a return to his roots in Kansas City. Hamza returned to raise his family in his own hometown. His storied music career would continue to flourish as he was spotlighted as a featured performer at Kansas City’s Playboy Club until its closing. Luqman continued to play clubs in and around Kansas City until his move to his birthplace, St. Louis Missouri, in 1992. He hung his hat in St. Louis for five years before returning to Kansas City in 1997. In 2000, at the age of 69, Hamza would record 2 nationally distributed CD’s, With this Voice and When a Smile Overtakes a Frown. Both received stellar reviews. One key difference between the albums is that on With This Voice Hamza himself performed the vocals and the played the piano, whereas Simon Rowe provides the piano accompaniment on Smile. On October 11th, 2008 Luqman Hamza was honored with the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award. Hamza’s work with the Inkspots and the Five Aces was highlighted. The American Jazz Museum was established in 1997 and has honored many great jazz legends such as the late Ahmad Alaadeen (1934-2010) among others. Alaadeen, who also received the Lifetime Achievement Award, was not only Hamza’s lifelong friend but also Luqman was Alaadeen’s introduction into the Jazz circle. Hamza’s life came full circle when he found himself mentoring and tutoring students at his alma mater, Lincoln High School. He still performs regularly, oftentimes accompanied by his wife Raynola. Luqman Hamza, like his foster father, is a walking, talking history lesson and enjoys sharing his memories with friends and family. “I love music, and it doesn’t matter to me about being no star.” Hamza commented. “I’m blessed to be at my age and be able to sing, play and make people enjoy, that makes you rich.”

photo: from booklet 'With This Voice'

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson is a guitarist and composer known for a nuanced body of work that moves fluidly across genres. Wilson has long been curious about blurring borders and finding the place where where style and possibility intersect. 

Born in Los Angeles, Wilson is the son of the late jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson. That lineage has deeply informed his creative trajectory, compositional choices, instrumental groupings and the wide-ranging discography that blooms out of them.  Wilson’s acclaimed collection of organ-trio albums for Groove Note — Our Gang  and Savivity, with Hammond organist Joe Bagg and drummer Mark Ferber, and later Jack of Hearts, featuring Larry Goldings on organ, and alternating drummers Jim Keltner and Jeff Hamilton, reimagine and reframe post-bop, soul-inflected jazz. 

An inventive soloist and sensitive accompanist, Wilson has provided texture and authority both on stage and in recording sessions for jazz legends such as Ron Carter, Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bennie Wallace, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Harold Land, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Since the late 1980s he has been a member of his father’s jazz orchestra, assuming the leadership of the ensemble since the maestro’s passing in 2014.

While his footing is firmly in the jazz idiom, Wilson pivots with ease into other genres. Over the last decade, he’s been part of sessions and performances with a diverse roster of artists, including Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Aaron Neville, and Barbra Streisand. In 2009, he arranged and orchestrated Brazilian composer Ivan Lins’ “Love Dance” for Ms. Streisand’s grammy-nominated album, Love is the Answer.  

Since 2001, he has been a core component of Diana Krall’s quartet, after joining her for a series of concerts in Paris at the Olympia Theater which became the Grammy-winning recording and concert film Live in Paris (2002).

A gifted composer as well, Wilson, while still in his 20s, won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Composers’ Competition in 1995. Since then he has received commissions from IAJE, the Henry Mancini Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the luthier John Monteleone — for whom Wilson composed “Seasons,” a song cycle for a quartet of Monteleone’s handcrafted instruments called “The Four Seasons.”  The premiere performance of the piece, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, coincided with the Met’s exhibition “Guitar Heroes” in 2011. That same year Wilson released Campo Belo, a collection of original songs recorded in São Paulo, which partnered him with three of Brazil’s up-and-coming musicians, pianist André Mehmari, drummer Edu Riberio and bassist Guto Wirtti. 

photo: from booklet 'Jack of Hearts'

Lauren White

Roy Gaines

Roy Gaines is the greatest living blues guitarist that you probably don’t know anything about. Not only is Mr. Gaines a sizzling blues guitarist, he also possesses one of the most magnificent blues voices around. The real tragedy is that until very recently this supremely talented musician was almost forgotten by blues fans in the U.S.

Born in Houston in 1937, Roy started playing the guitar as a teenager and soon developed a reputation as an instrumental prodigy. By fourteen, he was actually being invited on stage to play with the legendary T-Bone Walker during the latter’s live gigs in Houston and became known as T-Bone Jr. By his early 20s, Roy was playing and recording with Roy Milton’s band in LA but returned to Houston to join the Duke / Peacock blues label as a full time session guitarist on such seminal blues recordings as Bobby Bland’s It’s My Life Baby and Junior Parker’s Driving Me Mad. He was also the featured guitarist on a whole bunch of singles recorded by Big Mama Thorton for the same label.

After going on the road with Joe Turner, Roy joined forces with the blues great, Chuck Willis. Roy stayed with Willis until the later passed away in the late 50’s. He then moved to NYC and recorded with Jimmy Rushing, as well as doing a jazz album with Coleman Hawkins on Prestige. Roy returned to LA and during the 60s became one of the city’s leading session guitarists, playing with the Crusaders, Earl Grant, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder as well as continuing his pure blues work with the likes of Bobby Bland, Albert King and Lightning Hopkins for the Jewel label.

photo: from booklet 'I Got The T-Bone Walker Blues'

The Jung Trio

The Jung Trio is comprised of sisters Jennie (piano), Ellen (violin), and Julie (cello) Jung, and has appeared in concerts all across North America as well as around the world in Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Initial successes include top prizes in their native country at the Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, and the CIBC National Music Festival. The trio had numerous performances throughout Canada in the Music and Sound Festival at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Orford Arts Festival, Debut-Young Concert Artist, Mooredale Concert, Canadian Chamber Music Academy, and CBC’s Music Around Us series. Broadcasts of the group’s performances have included CBC Radio and Television, CJRT Radio, CFMT Television, TV Ontario, KBS Radio, and EBS Radio. Jung Trio has been featured in Strad, Strings, and Auditorium (Korea) magazines, in the Korea Times, as well as on the South Korean television program, A Classical Odyssey.

The Jung Trio was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2002 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and the Bronze Medal at the 2002 Fischoff Competition. The trio has appeared in recitals in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Connecticut, Ohio, Indiana, South Korea, Kenya, and Mauritius, and performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the State Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan in Kazan (Russia), the Korean Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles (USA), the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra in Toronto (Canada), and with the Taejon Symphony Orchestra in Taejon (South Korea). In addition, the Jung Trio has appeared at numerous festivals including the Great Lakes, Norfolk, and Orford Chamber Music Festivals, Songfest, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, where they served as Trio-in-Residence in 1998. The trio was featured as Young Artists

International Debut Artists at the 10thInternational Laureates Festival in Los Angeles and also made their debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In the summer of 2009, the trio made its European debut, performing in Berlin, Germany, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Also that year, their recording of Dvorak’s Trio in F minor, Op. 65, was released by Groove Note records on LP and SACD.

The Jung Trio is dedicated to helping serve in their community and have organized several fundraising events. After the passing of their mother from breast cancer in December, 2006, the sisters have held two benefit concerts for the Susan G. Komen foundation raising close to $10,000, and are planning to continue this fundraising event annually. Additionally, following the earthquake in Haiti last year, the trio organized “Promise for Haiti,” a benefit concert for Promise Child’s ( mission efforts in Haiti.

The sisters have received degrees from the University of Toronto, New England Conservatory of Music, and all three graduated from Yale University School of Music. Most recently, pianist Jennie received her Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Juilliard School. She is on faculty at the Claremont Graduate University and is a chamber music coach at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Ellen and Julie perform frequently with iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra and record for commercials and movie/TV soundtracks. The Jung Trio is currently Trio-in-Residence at Vanguard University of Southern California and is working to build the chamber music program at the school.

photo: from booklet Dvorak’s Trio in F minor, Op. 65

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed Hawk and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: "there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn". While Hawkins is strongly associated with the swing music and big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s.

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True Audiophile: The Best Of Groove Note, Volume 3 (2019)

Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes, Norman Gimbel, Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt, Gus Kahn, Jerry Goldsmith, Lauren White, W. White, Ruth Lowe, Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Roy Gaines, Coleman Hawkins

Various Artists

Analog Recording Equipment: ATR-100 2 Track with BASF 900 Tape @ 30 ips, Studer A-80 2 track
Cables: AudioQuest
Digital Converters: EMM Labs Meitner ADC-8, Sony
Editing Software: Sony Sonoma DSD Workstation
Executive Producers: Ying Tan and Sebastian Koh
Mastering Engineer: David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mastering Room: DSD 128 and DSD 256 Download Files Created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab, Marshfield, MA
Microphones: AKG C-12, C-12A, C-24, KM 54, The Tube, Llomo 919A-19, Neumann KM-84, M-49, M-50, M-149, M-249, TLM-70, U-47, U-47FET, U-67, RCA 44, Royer 121, 122, Sennheiser 441, 421, Sony C55p, Shure KSM 32, SM 57, Telefunken 251
Notes: We are pleased to announce the availability of Groove Note releases in DSD 128 and DSD 256, in addition to the original DSD 64 releases. These higher bit rate DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases are all pure DSD created. They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 64 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 64 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo and Multichannel DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise.This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music
Producer: Joe Hartley, Ying Tan
Recording Engineer: Michael C. Ross, Scott Sedillo, Assistant Engineers: Greg Burns, Bill Mims, Pete Magdeleno
Recording Locations: Airborne Audio Productions, Kansas City, Mo, Gower Hall, Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood CA, OceanWay/Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA, Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA
Recording Software: Sony Sonoma DSD Workstation
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog, DSD 64fs

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