Bucky Pizzarelli: The Early Years (Double Album)

Bucky Pizzarelli

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2020 NativeDSD Album of the Year Nominee – Solo Guitar

Bucky Pizzarelli was a legendary Jazz Guitarist.  He was the father of Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and double bassist Martin Pizzarelli. He worked for NBC as a staff member for Dick Cavett (1971) and for ABC with Bobby Rosengarden in (1952). The list of musicians he collaborated with includes Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Stéphane Grappelli, and Antônio Carlos Jobim. Pizzarelli cited as influences Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps.

Bucky Pizzarelli: The Early Years is a double album that features two of his earliest albums Green Guitar Blues (Tracks 1-9) and The Cafe Pierre Trio (Tracks 10-18) with a fine collection of standards.  The album features Tangerine by Johnny Mercer, Satin Doll by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer, Cry Me A River and Girl Talk by Neal Hefti and Bobby Troup, I Don’t Know How To Love Him by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life by Michel Legrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Dreamsville by Henry Mancini, The Summer Knows (Theme From Summer of ’42) by Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and many more.

The album is an Analog Tape to DXD Transfer by Rene Laflamme at 2xHD using the album master tapes from Jazzology Records.  It appears in all of our Stereo DSD bit rates, including an exclusive Stereo DSD 512 edition created by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield using the Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 mastering tools and its “EC” modulators.

Bucky Pizzarelli – Guitar

Tracklist

1.
Green Guitar Blues
03:30
2.
Tangerine
02:13
3.
Satin Doll
03:27
4.
Medley: Cry Me A River - Girl Talk
03:14
5.
Goodbye
02:15
6.
I Don't Know How To Love Him
02:08
7.
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
02:36
8.
Medley: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Dreamsville
03:11
9.
The Summer Knows (Theme from Summer of '42)
01:59
10.
Cherokee
04:51
11.
Invitation
05:32
12.
Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me
05:35
13.
Medley: Isn't It Romantic? + Penthouse + East Of The Sun + What Is There To Say?
05:51
14.
Nola
03:26
15.
Blues Chromatique
04:51
16.
(Back Home in) Indiana
04:33
17.
Isfahan
04:03
18.
My Ship
02:43

Total time: 01:05:58

Additional information

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SKU

2XHDJA1179

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Analog Recording Equipment

Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier.

Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

Custom 2xHD Analog to Digital Converter

Mastering Engineer

Rene Laflamme – Analog to DXD Transfer, Tom Caulfield – DXD to DSD 512 Remodulation

Mastering Room

2xHD Mastering (Analog to DXD, DXD to DSD), NativeDSD Masterling Lab (DXD to DSD 512)

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bill Borden (Tracks 1-9), Bill Borden & Bucky Pizzarelli (Tracks 10-18)

Production Assistant

Claire Olivier-Wade

Recording Engineer

Joe Jorgensen (Tracks 1-9), Richard LePage (Tracks 10-18)

Recording Location

Media Sound in May and June 1972 (Tracks 1-9), Generation Sound in August 1982 (Tracks 10-18)

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog

Reference Digital Playback

Nagra HD DAC X Converter

Release Date August 10, 2020

Press reviews

NativeDSD Technical Advisor 5 out of 5

2020 NativeDSD Album of the Year Nominee – Solo Guitar

Legendary Jazz Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli passed away earlier this year. In tribute to his many years of fine albums, 2xHD teamed up with Jazzology Records to bring our listeners a double album of 18 tracks of his early recordings.

Transferred from the Original Analog Master Tapes to Stereo DSD and DXD, the album features Pizzarelli performing a host of standards composed by Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Neal Hefti, Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Henry Mancini.

It’s an excellent selection of music all performed with Pizzarelli’s upbeat, swinging yet mellow guitar style. You can almost see his smile as you listen to the album. A real treat for guitar fans.

 

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