Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Simpler Times (2015)
DSD256 2ch (.dsf) 1 bit/11,2 MHz | Time – 63:55 minutes | 10,1 GB
FLAC Stereo(tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 63:55 minutes | 1,34 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Artwork: Digital booklet | Genre: Jazz | © 2015 Yarlung Records
“Simpler Times” follows Sophisticated Lady’s highly acclaimed self-titled debut album. The music on this recording is how Sophisticated Lady plays without the help of digital magic. The quartet rehearsed and performed some of these tracks before our recording but at least half are the first time through; the quartet discussed the tunes and who would take what solo in which order but without rehearsal. This is possible when superb musicians tackle new material together, listening carefully to each other and playing as a single organism. Some melodies, played for them on the piano right before our take and the quartet improvised from there. Music cannot get fresher than this.
Kudos to Sophisticated Lady for some of the most intelligent and soulful playing I’ve heard in a long while. Mr. Wicks is clearly the Stephane Grappelli of the bass. Mr. Boyle’s atomic clock accuracy was outshone only by his remarkable sensitivity and nuanced “drumist” vocabulary. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s winsome lines and lightning-fast coloratura took us beyond the trumpet and through the gamut of melody-instrument domains. And Mr. Bigos’ hands fell lacelike over his ivories with the finesse and speed of traditional Portuguese tatting amid a rainbow of colored threads. The ensemble’s inspired compositions showcased a raft of fresh voices that we must have more of. -–Peter Rutenberg, Grammy-winning conductor and producer
01 – Bicycles
02 – Simpler Times
03 – Bop Be
04 – Stumbling
05 – Los Barriles
01 – Hello My Name Is
02 – Left Coastin
03 – For Sebastian
04 – Flutterby Girl
05 – Secret Love
06 – Sketches of a Melancholy Bass
JJ Kirkpatrick – trumpet, flugelhorn
Misha Adair Bigos – piano
Gary Wicks – bass
Andrew Boyle – drums
Produced and Engineered by Bob Attiyeh.
Recorded on October 24-26, 2013 at The Brain and Creativity Institute’s Cammilleri Hall at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
Mastering Engineers: Steve Hoffman & Bob Attiyeh.
Yarlung makes recordings in concert halls, not studios. Our albums capture the sound of our musicians playing in real acoustic spaces. Yarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer. We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD. Our sincere thanks to Merging Technologies for making this quartet of releases possible.