Ella On Our Mind is the second release by The L.A. Network from 2xHD Mastering and Resonance Records. As with the L.A. Network’s first release, this is a new Analog Jazz Recording.
It was recorded ‘off-the-floor’ in 2 Track Analog at 15 ips with no overdubs or edits. Using the purest audiophile analog techniques, this recording of Ella Fitzgerald’s favorites captures the dynamics of singer, composer, and trombone player Aubrey Logan and composer, pianist, and singer Bill Cantos plus friends from the L.A. Network’s outstanding pool of jazz musicians and singers.
Ella On Our Mind is available in Stereo DSD (up to DSD 512) at the NativeDSD Music Store. It is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.
NativeDSD Music also has The L.A. Network’s first album, Dave Brubeck Redux, at the store (linked below).
Aubrey Logan – Vocals, Trombone
Bill Cantos – Vocals, Keyboard, Piano (Tracks 2,4)
Josh Nelson – Piano (Tracks 1,3,5,6,7)
Chris Colangelo – Bass
Jamey Tate – Drums
Total time: 00:32:09
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Nagra-T Tape Recorder
2xHD Analog to Digital Converter; Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 "EC" Modulators
Rene LaFlamme at 2xHD Mastering – Analog to DXD Transfer; Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab – DXD to DSD 512 Transfer
Nagra Audio HD DAC X – Digital to Analog Reference Converter; Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 (DXD to DSD 512 Transfer)
|Original Recording Format|
Recorded Live to Analog two-track 15 ips tape at Resonance Studios in Beverly Hills, CA on November 5, 2019
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|Release Date||April 30, 2020|
As if to prove the ‘DSD is Analog’ maxim, this is an all-analog recording, released in a range of DSD Stereo formats, and the latest release from 2xHD. 2xHD is best-known for its remastering and releases in DSD of classic jazz recordings over the past five years.
The project, led by 2xHD’s André Perry and Resonance Records’ George Klabin, branched out late last year with new trio recordings of the Brubeck catalogue (Dave Brubeck Redux, 2XHDRE1162), and now follows up with a set paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.
Like the Brubeck set, this one was recorded ‘off the floor’, live and with no overdubs, onto 15ips analog tape in stereo, using a Nagra-T recorder modified with valve electronics and a custom-built carbon-fiber damped head-block, wired directly with silver cable to a valve preamp.
Transfer to DXD is via 2XHD’s custom ADC, with the whole mastering system powered by a super capacitor supply. All impressive stuff, and the performances more than live up to all the technology, with vocals by Aubrey Logan, who also plays trombone, and Bill Cantos, also on keyboards. Additional pianism is by Josh Nelson, who also played on the Brubeck set, while the engine room is Chris Colangelo on bass and Jamey Tate on sticks ’n’ skins.
It works, and spectacularly well, whether on the plaintive Lush Life or the swing of Too Darn Hot, with Logan channeling the younger Ella in an almost uncanny fashion, or the sultry reading of Hernando’s Hideaway.
Best of all, the recording has a wonderful immediacy and lack of artifice about it, and some fabulous musicianship.
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