It's Getting Cooler (2020)

Varga, Szaniszlo, Csuhaj-Barna

Gabor Varga

My Reel Club returns to NativeDSD Music with their second release.  It's another Live to DSD 256 Stereo recording with an audience.  This time, My Reel Club brings us some "Cool Jazz" with the Gabor Varga Jazz Trio plus a guest artist on vibraphone.

The goal of the Gábor Varga Jazz Quartet is to extend the cool sound developed in the trio's line-up (György Jeszenszky - drums, Tibor Csuhaj Barna - bass, Gábor Varga - piano) to new dimensions - supplemented with one of the most exciting instruments, the vibraphone (also known as "vibes" in Jazz circles).

The vibraphone, as its name suggests, is vibrant, embracing, rich when needed, with a soft or percussive sound. The 'M55 Gold Pro Vibe' vibraphone, played by Richard Szaniszló in the Quartet, is a special instrument. It was provided by David Friedman, a New York-born jazz vibraphone legend.

Drums, bass, piano, vibraphone.  This line-up is at least as rare in Hungary as it is a responsible challenge in the musical sense.  The music world has become acquainted with this form of quartet sound in connection with legendary formations.

December 7, 2019, is a special date for the Quartet.  This is when our second album will be recorded. What sets this recording apart from everything else is the way and conditions of recording. The recording is made in a studio but in front of an audience. We could say that this will be a concert from which an album is made, but that would be a mistake. It will be an album from which a concert will be made. The difference is decisive. Here, the audience can see the workshop work, which in most cases can only enjoy the end result.

But not only the interested eyes will determine the final result of the recording, but also the technical features of the recording. Unlike the well-known separate recording that provides recording security, musicians will play their instruments in a space set up close to each other, using analog technology and the state-of-the-art digital, DSD 256 format recording by sound engineers. This is a challenge for both musicians and sound engineers. Still, these special circumstances help the band create the cool sound they represent in the most authentic way possible. This is because this recording mode is closest to the recordings of the cool era.

-- Gabor Varga

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It's Getting Cooler (2020)

Varga, Szaniszlo, Csuhaj-Barna

Gabor Varga

Cables: Wireworld Micro-Platinum OCC Eclipse 8
Digital Converters: Hapi, Merging Technologies; Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 (DSD 256 to DSD 512 Transfer)
Mastering Engineer: Ferenc Koscsó, László Papp
Microphone Preamp: API 3124+
Microphones: DPA 4007, Schoeps, Neumann
Mixing Board: Neve
Notes: David Friedman gave his instrument as a present to Richard Szaniszlo. Richard Szaniszlo uses Vic Firth mallets
Piano: Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano
Piano Technician: Balázs Tóth
Producer: Róbert Zoltán Hunka
Recording Engineer: András Makay
Recording Location: Live Recording with Audience at the Supersize Recording Studio, Hungary on December 7, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Vibraphone: M55 Gold Pro Vibe

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