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Jazz is an international music and Benny Carter is one of its leading statesmen. Born In a district of New York known as Hell’s Kitchen on August 8, 1907 he has proved conclusively that talent, determination and hard work can be combined to achieve the highest eminences.
In Carter’s case it has led to total instrumental control, a mastery of the arranger’s craft, the will to form and lead successful orchestras and the ability to compose music for every occasion. Although he has played trumpet, trombone, clarinet, tenor and piano it is as an alto saxophonist that Benny has achieved his enviable reputation as an instrumentalist.
He has acted as an inspiration to hundreds of younger men, all of whom have been fascinated by the seemingly effortless way in which that flawless tone is produced.
The broad, sweeping phrases of his improvisations have the structural stability of compositions in their own right and who can forget Benny’s solo on the Norman Granz produced Funky Blues when he came on after Charlie Parker and Johnny Hodges with what sounded like a two-chorus summing up of the history of jazz.
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The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original ¼” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCCsilver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.The resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD11.2kHz using a Merging Technologies’Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as areference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme.www.2xHD
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Karl Emil Knudsen, Richard Boone
August 17th, 1980 – Copenhagen, Denmark
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|Release Date||May 27, 2017|
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