Sophisticated Lady Vol. I (2014)

Kern, Ellington, Strayhorn, Norman, Bigos, Meeropol

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet pays homage to the Great Tradition of American jazz but most of their repertoire is written by members of the quartet. Unlike the majority of contemporary jazz recordings, which are carefully and surgically perfected in post production, this album remains raw and fresh. These tracks are complete takes, “live to tape,” without editing.

Yarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer.  We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD.  Our sincere thanks to George Klissarov and exaSound for making these releases possible. 

Bob Attiyeh, producer

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JJ Kirkpatrick

JJ Kirkpatrick, trumpet and flugelhorn, was born in Portland, Oregon. JJ began his diverse musical career at 9 when he scored the opening sequence to a 10-minute film he co-directed with his brother. JJ began playing trumpet that same year, studying with Portland legend Thara Memory. Mr. Kirkpatrick has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Tootie Heath, Beyonce, Craig Robinson, Louis CK among others, and works as a performer, composer and producer. Along with Andrew Boyle, Misha Bigos and Gary Wicks, JJ founded Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet.

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

A traditional quartet rooted in the sounds, styles and history of jazz, Sophisticated Lady brings a fresh approach to this music. With a mix of original compositions and new interpretations of classic repertoire this quartet has a sound and aesthetic that is both familiar and new. Sophisticated Lady formed when the musicians met during their graduate studies at USC. Fortuitously so, as it led them to embark upon a creative recording session with the arts/audiophile label Yarlung Records at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute in its new Camilleri Hall. The session was a throwback to yesteryear minimalist recording techniques with the advantages of modern technology and yielded enough repertoire for two upcoming releases (Fall 2014 & 2015).

The members of Sophisticated Lady have shared the stage and studio locally and around the globe with such notable artists as The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Wynton Marsalis, Jane Monheit, Walter Smith, Bobby Sanabria, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stefon Harris, Monica Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, John Williams, John Hendricks, Bob Mintzer, Regina Carter, Chick Corea, Alan Pasqua, Plas Johnson, Diana Krall, The Coasters, Fitz and The Tantrums, Henry Mancini Big Band and many more!

Misha Adair Bigos

Misha Adair Bigos, piano, grew up in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Gonzaga University he played piano on cruise ships for two years. Misha just graduated with his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Alan Pasqua and Sara Gazarek. Rather than holding his master’s recital at school, Misha and Sophisticated Lady made their debut performance at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. For more about Misha please visit

Andrew Boyle

Andrew James Boyle, drums, lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to study with his mentor, the legendary drummer Peter Erskine at USC. Andrew also studied with the wonderful Aaron Serfaty in Los Angeles, and before that with Tim Metz in Sacramento. Andrew maintains a busy schedule teaching and performing, locally and overseas. In addition to receiving multiple prestigious awards from USC, Andrew also earned the Outstanding Soloist Award from the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Andrew was Yarlung’s introduction to Sophisticated Lady quartet. Please visit

Gary Wicks

Gary Wicks, bass, a virtuoso on both acoustic and electric bass, played and toured around the world with the Grammy Award® winning group The Manhattan Transfer for 5 years. With “The Transfer,” Gary played in myriad international music festivals and on the group’s most recent recording. Originally from Albany, NY, this second generation bassist has been a part of the vibrant music scenes in London, Los Angeles, Albany and Boston, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Double Bass Performance from the New England Conservatory. Gary taught on faculty at the Silver Lake Conservatory of Music and currently teaches at The Musician’s Institute. Gary proudly plays D’Addario Zyex bass strings and endorses Eden Electronics amplification. For Gary’s compositions and arrangements, please visit, bassygrove productions (ASCAP).
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Sophisticated Lady Vol. I (2014)

Kern, Ellington, Strayhorn, Norman, Bigos, Meeropol

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

    The Absolute Sound

“More jazz records should be like Sophisticated Lady Quartet—relaxed yet focused, tradition-based yet modern, elegant yet conveying a sure sense of swing. The recording is so pure that you almost feel as if you’re eavesdropping on four musicians who seem completely in their element while performing, in a one-take environment, a set that’s evenly split between previously rehearsed arrangements and performances where they had one chance to turn a composition into a memorable piece of music. No splicing or editing here—just a live-in-the-studio recording where the mood, playing and sonics are so solid that that jazz lovers will wish that the mostly-classical label Yarlung wandered over to this side of the street more often.” --

Jeff Wilson

    Record Collector News

“Look out Brubeck, Sophisticated Lady's remarkable debut should perhaps be re-titled TAKE ONE. Why? Each tune was captured in one take! The 60+ minute CD also celebrates Yarlung's audiophile venture into JAZZ with a splatter of Chet Baker's seductive, kicked-back Californication daubed with a drizzle of Miles at his mellowest. No matter how busy your day, an evening spin through this one will definitely move your mood.”

David Thomson

    Los Angeles Jazz Scene

“The Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet’s debut recording should be of great interest to fans of forward-looking straight ahead jazz. Each of the four musicians is excellent both as soloists and in ensembles, the music that they perform ranges from melodic versions of standards to lyrical originals and freer explorations, and their subtle playing keeps one guessing. This CD is well worth exploring and I certainly recommend it.”

Scott Yanow

Sophisticated Lady Vol. I (2014)

Kern, Ellington, Strayhorn, Norman, Bigos, Meeropol

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

Mastering Engineer: Analog - Steve Hoffman, Bob Attiyeh
Microphones: AKG C24, C12
Producer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording location: Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammelleri Hall, USC - Los angeles
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD256

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