Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Sophisticated Lady (2014) DSF DSD256 + Hi-Res FLAC

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – Sophisticated Lady (2014)
DSD256 2ch (.dsf) 1 bit/11,2 MHz | Time – 63:52 minutes | 10 GB
FLAC Stereo(tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 63:52 minutes | 1,33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: nativeDSDmusic | Artwork: Digital booklet | Genre: Jazz | © 2015 Yarlung Records

A traditional jazz quartet rooted in the sounds, styles and history of jazz, Sophisticated Lady brings a fresh approach to this music. With a mix of original compositions and new interpretations of classic repertoire this quartet has a sound and aesthetic that is both familiar and new. The quartet pays homage to the Great Tradition of American jazz but most of their repertoire is written by members of the quartet. Unlike the majority of contemporary jazz recordings, which are carefully and surgically perfected in postproduction, this album remains raw and fresh. These tracks are complete takes, “live to tape”, without editing.

More jazz records should be like Sophisticated Lady Quartet, relaxed yet focused, tradition-based yet modern, elegant yet conveying a sure sense of swing. The recording is so pure that you almost feel as if you’re eavesdropping on four musicians who seem completely in their element while performing, in a one-take environment, a set that’s evenly split between previously rehearsed arrangements and performances where they had one chance to turn a composition into a memorable piece of music. No splicing or editing here, just a live-in-the-studio recording where the mood, playing and sonics are so solid that that jazz lovers will wish that the mostly-classical label Yarlung wandered over to this side of the street more often.


01 – I’m Old Fashioned
02 – Isfahan
03 – For Andrew
04 – Ropes of Sand
05 – Strange Fruit

01 – Gone
02 – Finale
03 – Night Night
04 – Sophisticated Lady
05 – Weightless
06 – Fields of Kurdistan

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.



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