Thousands of albums of all types have been mastered at Bernie Grundman’s studios in Hollywood. But pianist Bill Cunliffe’s Live At Bernie’s is the first to actually be recorded there. Bernie Grundman Mastering, long a shrine to sound engineering, was transformed for this occasion. The waiting room was converted into a studio. A nine foot Hamburg Steinway, signed by the magnificent Sergei Rachmaninoff interpreter Ruth Laredo among others, was brought in for Cunliffe to play. Because the set was recorded live to disc, at 45 rpm no less, Cunliffe’s trio recorded each 15 minute side consisting of two or three numbers straight through, without breaks between tunes. Most were done in single takes, according to Cunliffe. “It was very challenging,” he says. “There was no room for mistakes and, obviously, no editing. If we did make a mistake, we had to throw the lacquer away and start over.” (In addition to the analog recording made for vinyl, the date was recorded digitally with Sony’s Direct Stream Digital process (DSD) for both Super Audio (SACD) and regular CD release.)
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Sony Direct Stream Digital™ System with custom engineered ADCs and DACs by Ed Meitner, EMM Labs.
Ying Tan and Sebastian Koh
Llomo 919A-19, AKG C-12A, 414, Neumann U-47, Sony C-55p
This album was recorded live direct to two-track. Sony Direct Stream Digital™ System with custom engineered ADCs and DACs by Ed Meitner, EMM Labs.
Steinway (Hamburg) Model D 9 ft Concert Grand. Serial No. 350
Michael C. Ross at Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood, CA on February 24 and 25, 2001
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to David Kawakami and Gus Skinas of Sony’s Super Audio CD Project.
|Release Date||May 5, 2018|
“Yarlung jazz recordings are not the only jazz albums we prize in our collection. Native DSD Music released Bill Cunliffe’s “Live at Bernie’s,” which Groove Note Records recorded in DSD with converters made by Ed Meitner.
My friend Billy Mitchell describes Bill Cunliffe as “one of the baddest jazz cats there is,” and there is no higher compliment coming from Billy. You’ll hear why Billy says this when you listen to “Live at Bernie’s,” which not only sounds good, but captures Bill Cunliffe having fun and at his magical best.”
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