Whitney Balliett, one of America’s most distinguished jazz writers, produced a fine appreciation of Teddy Wilson in one of his New York Times columns in 1972 when he wrote: “Teddy Wilson is a marvel and we must not take him for granted”. He went on to describe Wilson’s “feathery arpeggios, the easy, floating left hand, the impeccable rhythmic sense, the intense clusters of notes that believe the cool mask he wear when he plays”.
All the prodigious pianistic artistry of Teddy Wilson is in evidence on this album which features the pianist with two excellent rhythm sections. The 1968 sides, originally released on Storyville SLP 1005, were produced by Timme Rosenkranz. They team Wilson with Denmark’s most famous jazz export, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen and his very accomplished compatriot, Bjarne Rostvold.Throughout Wilson gives generous solo space to his colleagues and they make the most of it. NHOP needs no recommendation, but Lundgaard is also extremely impres- sive. He has good time and intonation and is an inventive and harmonically accurate soloist.
The other six sides were recorded 12 years later, Wilson’s backing on this occasion being supplied by Ed Thigpen – an “adopted” Dane of more than ten years’ stan- ding – and (Where do they find them?) yet another superb Danish bassist, Jesper Lundgaard, who has worked with Dexter Gordon, Tommy Flanagan,Warne Marsh, Jimmy Raney and Benny Carter, among other.
Total time: 00:44:48
|Analog Recording Equipment||
Merging Technologies Horus
Rene LaFlamme, Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original 1⁄4” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback elec- tronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver 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 a reference 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.
|Original Recording Format|
Karl Emil Knudsen & Timme Rosenkrantz
Hans Nielsen & Birger Ulstad
Studio 39, Copenhagen on June 15, 1980 and Metronome Studio, Copenhagen on December 14, 1968
|Recording Type & Bit Rate||
Analog Tape to DSD256
|Release Date||September 20, 2017|
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