Impex IMP6010 / Columbia CS 8053 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Numbered 2500 Copies Limited Edition - All Valve Mastering
AAA 100% Analogue - Cut from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray
Michael FremerAnalogue Planet - Rated 9/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics
"Absolutely a sonic masterpiece... Hugely recommended, and one of the Best Ellington reissues to date!
Mastered by Kevin Gray from the Original Analog Tapes & Pressed on 180g Audiophile Vinyl for the Very First Time!
Limited to Only 2,500 Copies! From the cats who brought you Time Further Out and Friday and Saturday Nights At the Blackhawk, Impex Records is pleased to present Duke Ellington's classic 1957 Columbia Records release Ellington Indigos.
Ellington and his all-star ensemble lay back on this beautiful set of swinging, romantic ballads now available for the first time in pristine 180g vinyl. Kevin Gray's all-analog mastering brings out the nocturnal mood, while keeping things warm and mellow. A deep soundstage, mellifluous lows and crystalline highs make Indigos a perfect accompaniment to your late night listening!
The sophisticated 9-song affair features definitive readings of such jazz standards as "Mood Indigo," "Autumn Leaves" and "Prelude To a Kiss" among others. "This reissue by Impex was mastered by Kevin Gray.
The highs have not disappeared from the tapes - cymbals retain their shimmer and the upper registers of the piano have not suffered from tape degradation. Indeed, in the high frequencies the Impex has more information than my original pressing. Improvements can also be noted in the middle registers, where the instruments have a slightly fuller, more textured sound than on the already fine original.
This is ear and soul candy wrapped in a tidy package." - Dennis Davis, HiFi+ Magazine, January 2013
The Impex reissue is clearly superior to every version I’ve heard, perhaps being equal with the very rare and expensive original 2-track stereo tape, although the tapes have a good bit of hiss. The clarity of the mastering and the high quality vinyl allow the listener to hear the subtle shadings and unique textures of Ellington’s orchestra. I can’t think of a better example of Ellington at his most laid back than Indigos. For some, it might be a little too subtle. There is inner beauty and luxury here that rewards repeated listening. - Dagogo Review
"The recording is superb in every way: texturally, harmonically and especially spatially. I guess it's difficult for some to imagine 1957 producing an utterly transparent, three-dimensional recording but trust me, everything you might be looking for sonically is here. Finding a quiet original is not easy, especially because of the purposely quiet and somewhat distant production. It's designed to make you step into it, not bring it to you. Kevin Gray's cut from a 1:1 copy at 30IPS from the original master is to my ears better than any of the originals I have here, particularly in terms of high frequency extension and transparency.
Of course the RTI pressing is dead silent. What a treat!" - Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 9/10, Sound 9/10!
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra:
Ray Nance, "Cat" Anderson, "Shorty" Baker, Clark Terry, Willie Cook, trumpets
Sam Woodyard, drums
John Sanders, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, trombones
Jimmy Wood, bass
Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, sax
Duke Ellington, piano
Duke Ellington Ellington Indigos Track Listing:
2. Where or When
3. Mood Indigo
4. Autumn Leaves
5. The Sky Fell Down
6. Prelude To a Kiss
7. Willow Weep For Me
9. Dancing In the Dark
Impex Records is the exciting audiophile label from the team that brought you Cisco Music. With more than 20 years experience and 150 titles released, Cisco Music developed many of the techniques used by other labels to make higher quality 180-gram LPs, SACDs and Gold and aluminum CDs.
We brought definitive editions Jennifer Warnes' The Well, The Hunter and Famous Blue Raincoat in multiple formats, including a 45 rpm box set that Absolute Sound magazine declared "defines the state-of-the--art in vinyl playback." Other classic reissues we nurtured to fantastic rebirths include the jazz-rock perfection of Steely Dan's Aja, Joan Baez' Farewell Angelina, NathanMilstein's poetic interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto and four exquisite 45-rpm Three Blind Mice LPs.
Even in our humbler origins we were trusted with the distribution and production of The Super Analogue Disc, the original audiophile 180-gram LPs. King Records recognized, from the very beginning, that Cisco Music brought unflinching passion to the music and unflailing dedication to the process of bringing that music to the most discerning listeners in the world.
Now as Impex Records some of the original Cisco staff (Abey Fonn, Robert Pincus and Robert Sliger), along with Robert Donnelly, will follow and expand our own high standards for a new generation of audiophile products. Analog products will always be cut using analog tapes and analog mastering at the finest mastering facilities like Sterling, Cohearent and Bernie Grundman--just as it should be. Gold CD's will always be cut with high-definition digital or analog tape transfers from original sources. We will introduce America to Sony's revolutionary Blu-Spec CD, which redefines production excellence in 16-bit digital playback.
With a singular vision for making the best records anywhere, Impex Records is poised to expand Cisco Music's peerless legacy well into the 21st century. It's going to be quite a journey and we look forward to your joining us. We have committed ourselves, with every new release, to your complete satisfaction.