It’s Getting Cooler (Pure DSD)

Gabor Varga, Gabor Varga Jazz Quartet

Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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My Reel Club returns to NativeDSD Music with their second release – It’s Getting Cooler. The album is a Live to DSD 256 Stereo recording with an audience.  This time providing our listeners with some “Cool Jazz” performed by the Gabor Varga Jazz Quartet in Stereo DSD 256.

It’s Getting Cooler is a Pure DSD release at NativeDSD.  It is available in Stereo DSD 64, DSD 128, DSD 256, and DSD 512. The DSD 64, DSD 128, and DSD 512 editions of the album were created by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield using Signalyst’s HQ Player Pro 4 Mastering Software.

Gabor Varga says “The goal of the Gábor Varga Jazz Quartet is to extend the cool sound developed in the trio’s line-up (György Jeszenszky – drums, Tibor Csuhaj Barna – bass, Gábor Varga – piano) to new dimensions – supplemented with one of the most exciting instruments, the vibraphone (also known as “vibes” in Jazz circles).

The vibraphone, as its name suggests, is vibrant, embracing, rich when needed, with a soft or percussive sound. The ‘M55 Gold Pro Vibe’ vibraphone, played by Richard Szaniszló in the Quartet, is a special instrument. It was provided by David Friedman, a New York-born jazz vibraphone legend.

Drums, bass, piano, vibraphone.  This line-up is at least as rare in Hungary as it is a responsible challenge in the musical sense.  The music world has become acquainted with this form of quartet sound in connection with legendary formations.

December 7, 2019 is a special date for the Quartet.  This is when our second album will be recorded. What sets this recording apart from everything else is the way and conditions of recording. The recording is made in a studio but in front of an audience. We could say that this will be a concert from which an album is made, but that would be a mistake. It will be an album from which a concert will be made. The difference is decisive. Here, the audience can see the workshop work, which in most cases can only enjoy the result.

But not only the interested eyes will determine the result of the recording, but also the technical features of the recording. Unlike the well-known separate recording that provides recording security, musicians will play their instruments in a space set up close to each other, using analog technology and the state-of-the-art digital, DSD 256 format recording by sound engineers. This is a challenge for both musicians and sound engineers. Still, these special circumstances help the band create the cool sound they represent in the most authentic way possible. This is because this recording mode is closest to the recordings of the cool era.”

Gabor Varga Jazz Quartet
Gábor Varga, Piano
György Jeszenszky, Drums
Tibor Csuhaj Barna, Bass
Richard Szaniszló, Vibraphone


128th Str.
Little Star
Judith's Dream
Take Your Time
Story Of You
Little Star (alternate take)
128th Str. (alternate take)

Total time: 00:45:14

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Wireworld Micro-Platinum OCC Eclipse 8

Digital Converters

Hapi, Merging Technologies; Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 (DSD 256 to DSD 512 Transfer)

Mastering Engineer

Ferenc Koscsó, László Papp

Microphone Preamp

API 3124+


DPA 4007, Schoeps, Neumann

Mixing Board



David Friedman gave his instrument as a present to Richard Szaniszlo. Richard Szaniszlo uses Vic Firth mallets

Original Recording Format


Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano

Piano Technician

Balázs Tóth


Róbert Zoltán Hunka

Recording Engineer

András Makay

Recording Location

Live Recording with Audience at the Supersize Recording Studio, Hungary on December 7, 2019

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256


M55 Gold Pro Vibe

Release DateMay 8, 2020

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Recorded live with an audience directly to DSD256, this is a marvelous recording reminiscent of the best direct to disc recordings of decades ago.

NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Special circumstances help the band create the cool sound they represent in the most authentic way possible. This is because this recording mode is closest to the recordings of the cool era.


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