Live At Bernie’s

Bill Cunliffe

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.)

Tracklist

1.
Satin Doll
07:24
2.
Waltz for Debby
05:31
3.
Ireland
05:49
4.
Amusing Paramours
05:44
5.
Sharon
05:30
6.
Jean
05:19
7.
Excursions
08:21
8.
Like a Dream
05:09
9.
Way You Look Tonight
08:38
10.
Imagine
03:27

Total time: 01:00:52

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Cables

AudioQuest

Digital Converters

Sony Direct Stream Digital™ System with custom engineered ADCs and DACs by Ed Meitner, EMM Labs.

Executive Producers

Ying Tan and Sebastian Koh

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Microphones

Llomo 919A-19, AKG C-12A, 414, Neumann U-47, Sony C-55p

Notes

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.

Piano

Steinway (Hamburg) Model D 9 ft Concert Grand. Serial No. 350

Producer

Joe Harley

Recording Engineer

Michael C. Ross at Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood, CA on February 24 and 25, 2001

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Special Thanks

to David Kawakami and Gus Skinas of Sony’s Super Audio CD Project.

SKU

GRV1009

Release Date May 5, 2018
SKU GRV1009

Press reviews

Yarlung Records

“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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