The recordings on this album were made in 1962 in Copenhagen for the Storyville label while Spann was on tour with Muddy Waters. They represent Spann in an unusual setting for him – unaccompanied or in duet with a single supporting guitar. In this set, Spann interprets both blues standards and his own originals. Many of these originals have the aspect of spurof- the-moment improvisations, which testifies to his mercurial gift as a pure blues story-teller. Because the clarity of both the recording and the sparseness of the accompaniment, this album constitutes one of the most valuable documents currently available of the Chicago style of blues piano playing at its best
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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 theplayback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCCsilver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, twopinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transportsever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and ahead damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain abetter resolution and 3D imaging.The resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formatsby recording it in DSD11.2kHz using a Merging Technologies’Horus A to D converter
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Originally produced by Karl Emil Knudsen
Recorded October 16, 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark
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|Release Date||May 13, 2017|
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