Nicolas Montier and Saxomania – Lullaby (1991) [Japan 2015]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 57:27 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,32 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 2,28 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 696 MB
Nicolas Montier may not be well known in the U.S., but he is a masterful tenor saxophonist based in France. In a somewhat rare move, Venus Records of Japan has reissued this fantastic album which was recorded in 1991. Of course, it was remixed and remastered to Venus’ high standards to achieve great sound. Featured on this album is Montier and his quartet, plus a four-saxophone ensemble called Saxomania. The album contains many lullabies, as the title indicates, but some are played in medium-to-up tempo. Firmly rooted in the mainstream jazz tradition, the band swings very well. The arrangements for a total of five saxophones are consistently brilliant, and Montier’s playing is inspired and impressive.
Featured in this album is Montier and his quartet, plus a four-saxophone ensemble called Saxomania. The program contains many lullabies, as the title indicates, but some are played in medium-to-up tempo. Firmly rooted in the mainstream jazz tradition, the band swings very well, the arrangements for a total of five saxophones are consistently brilliant, and Montier’s playing is inspired and impressive. Great music, great sound, great SACD pressing. Enthusiastically recommended!
01. Lullaby Of The Leaves
02. Lullaby In Blue
03. Paris Lullaby
06. Tokyo Lullaby
08. Blue Star
09. Lullaby Of Birdland
10. Early Autumn
11. Saxomania In Blue
13. Porto Moniz
Nicolas Montier – tenor sax
Claude Tissendier – alto sax
Jean Eteve – alto sax, clarinet
Dominique Vernhes – tenor sax
Claude Braud – tenor sax
Stan Laferriere – piano
Pierre Maingourd – bass
Francois Laudet – drums
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered by Alain Cluzeau.
Recorded on May 30-31 & June 1, 1991 at Acousti Studio in Paris, France.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-83.