Natural Jazz Recordings is a 10 track sampler of the Best Live Jazz Recordings made Direct to 2 Track Analog Tape by audio designer, producer and recording engineer David Manley of VTL. Jazz artists featured on the album include Josh Sklair, Sekou Bunch, Vickie Leigh, Karen Knowles, Alan Yoshida, Luis Conte, Kate McGarry, Munyungo Jackson and Jack Le Compte.
“My dream has always been to record the sound of silence, and in silence to find the breath of life. To record the feelings and the emotions of people, as nearly as I can. The problem is not how to capture the space or the depth or the source of the sound, all this of course is fine and provides emotions, but is not in itself moving. To portray the smell of the concert hall, or the concentration of both performers and listeners, that is what is moving. If we believe that recording means portraying truth by following objective, absolute criteria, then we have completely missed the point.
When I record, I follow all my senses, which means not only what I hear, but more importantly the feelings that come into the soul and to the heart. For me, placing the microphones is something of a sacred ritual, almost a mystic art. I have to find, and I know that it exist and is waiting to be found, that pocket-handkerchief sized space of air where the whole atmosphere can be felt. I measure the dimension with eyes and ears, I evaluate the materials, and, as an instrument-maker would, I ‘tune’ some gigantic structure like a church, a theatre or a music salon. And if the public are present, so much the better! Like an extraordinary acoustic trap, the bodies and the faces of hundreds of people make the sound more linear. If I could, I would record the bodies! And after, two, three, four microphones higher, lower, to the right, no, to the left… each time the conditions change and everything has to be discovered again, even the “emotion center”.
The microphones are eventually exactly there where they should be; I must be aware of everything, the beautiful women, the musicians, their state of mind, and remind myself of the flavor of the occasion… and then, draw everything together at that “center”. Reality on its own does not exist, it only exists in our own feelings. In truth, I record my own feelings, Fonè is my gift to music and to all music lovers.”
Alan Yoshida – Guitar
Bennie Maupin – Flute & Saxophones
Bill Summers – Percussion
Bob Summers – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Bobby Rodriguez – Trumpet
Bruce Bishop – Guitar, Acoustic Guitar & Backing Vocals
David Garfield – Piano
Efrain Toro – Drums & Percussion
EveAnna Manley – Baritone Saxophone
Felicidad – Background Vocals
Frank Crawford – Piano, Organ & Keyboards
Jack Le Compte – Drums
Josh Sklair – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Karen Briggs – Violin
Karen Knowles – Vocals
Kate McGarry – Vocals
Larry Klimas – Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax & Flute
Louis Verdieu – Vocals & Percussion
Luis Conte – Percussion
Marina Bambino – Percussion & Background Vocals
Mike Turre – Saxophone & Flute
Munyungo Jackson – Percussion
Nengue Hernandez – Vocals & Percussion
Nick Smith – Piano
Oscar Brashear – Trumpet
Ron Ross – Bass
Russ Henry – Drums
Sam Sklar – Clarinet, Arranger & Musical Director
Sekou Bunch – Tenor Bass
Vickie Leigh – Vocals & Backing Vocals
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:55:46
Alan Yoshida, Bobby Rodriguez, EveAnna Manley, Felicidad, Frank Crawford, Jack Le Compte, Josh Sklair, Karen Briggs, Karen Knowles, Kate McGarry, Larry Klimas, Louis Verdieu, Luis Conte, Marina Bambino, Mike Turre, Munyungo Jackson, Nengue Hernandez, Oscar Brashear, Ron Ross, Sam Sklair, Sekou Bunch, Toolbox, Vickie Leigh
AGFA Type 468 Tape at 200 nano-Webers, run without any kind of noise reduction.
VTL Quad Double Screened
Transferred from Analog Master Tape to DSD by Giulio Cesare Ricci using the Signoricci System with Valve (tube) electronics
|Original Recording Format
VTL Studio, Chino, California (recorded live to 2-Track Stereo Analog Tape)
|Recording Type & Bit Rate
Analog to DSD64
|August 2, 2014
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