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Tettero Plays Eddie Harris & Les McCann is an album that pays tribute to the music of the legendary Jazz Duo. With their signature songs including Compared To What and Cold Duck Time. The album features guitarist Folker Tettero who is known both for his solo work and as the guitarist in the Carmen Gomes Inc. band. Albums from Tettero and Carmen Gomes Inc. are among the listener favorites at NativeDSD.
Tettero tells us “Call it fate, luck or coincidence, anyhow, I had just decided to expand my working trio into a quartet by adding trumpet player extraordinaire Dirk Beets, when Peter Bjørnild asked me to have a go at reinterpreting the Swiss Movement albums by Les McCann and Eddie Harris as a part of Sound Liaison’s “My Favorite Album” series.
Somehow those albums had not been on my radar in recent years, but upon listening, I realized, that the music was exactly what we were looking for in order to set out a new direction for my expanded trio.
Les McCann and Eddie Harris’ compositions are catchy, groovy and full of energy but they also contain an element of freedom, which makes it easy to open up and let loose.
Dirk Beets is an adventures trumpet player who loves experimenting with effects to enhance the sound of his trumpet, so casting him in the role of saxophonist Eddie Harris was a perfect match.
And for myself, taking on the challenge of interpreting Les McCann’s groovy piano for guitar was fun as well as illuminating. I have worked with bassist Dave Breidenbach and drummer Klaas van Donkersgoed for years. They are an ideal rhythm section, always dedicated to keeping the groove, yet not afraid to follow any idea that might pop up on the spur of the moment.
Recording in Studio 2 is always a joy, I tell you, that Studio is haunted in a positive way. Django Reinhardt was there, Wes Montgomery, Lester Young, just to name a few of my personal heroes, but the list goes on and on.
Engineer Frans De Rond is a magician. To have a technician of his expertise paired with a hall like studio II, is a match made in heaven. I am very very happy with the result an am forever grateful to Sound Liaison for this wonderful opportunity.”
The 8 pieces of music were performed live in the studio in front of an audience of 80 people. The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones with additional spot microphones on each instrument.
The musicians were playing without headphones, the reason being that we believe that when we get the musicians to play together in the same room, without headphones, it creates a number of musical and technical benefits: As they are not ‘separated’ by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones. And the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary.
Since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent as the sound of the room helps ‘glue’ the sound of the recording.”
Folker Tettero, Guitar
Dirk Beets, Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Dave Breidenbach, Electric Bass Guitar
Klaas van Donkersgoed, Drums
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:42:27
|Analog to Digital Converter
Horus, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Frans de Rond
AudioQuest Yokon, Mogami Gold
Horus, Merging Technologies
Schoeps MK5 (Main System), Josephson C700, Shure SM57 (Folker), Josephson C725 (Dirk), Josephson C700 (Dave), Josephson C617 (Overheads), Audix D6 (Basdrum)
TAD CE-1 Speakers, Moon 760A Amplifier, Sennheiser HD800 and AKG 702 Headphones, AudioQuest Aspen Speaker Cables
|Original Recording Format
Frans de Rond
Recorded live at MCO Studio 2 Hilversum, the Netherlands , January 13 and 14 2018
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
|Recording Type & Bit Rate
|November 23, 2018
Lust for Life Magazine
The first thing you notice listening to this album is the superior sound quality. That is not to say the music is lacking, on the contrary, the solos are gorgeous and the interpretations are subtle and funky and above all very very musical.
I just purchased this today and if it is your style you will NOT be disappointed with the quality on this one and it is such a smooth listen. It has that satisfyingly rich, full sound.
Jon, NativeDSD Listener
De Stad Amersfoort
Folker Tettero plays funk jazz inspired by the 1970s. The freedom he and his band take to make music creates creative funk that attracts attention.
Trumpet player Dirk Beets way of playing, sound and ideas connect seamlessly with the band. Tettero recorded the famous Eddie Harris album ‘Swiss Movement’ live in his own style.
In this new – intimate and yet powerful album – repertoire, blues, funk and jazz, and freedom are once again merged into Tettero’s own style.
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