Impex - IMP6028 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
3,000 Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman - Columbia CS 8079
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Hi-Fi News January 2018 LP of the Month! Rated 95/100 Sound Quality! - "The music is luscious and this just may be one of the best-sounding records you'll ever hear." - Ken Kessler, www.hifinews!
"The result is superior in every way to an original, and the stereo is so good that the oft-stated preference for mono jazz titles fades away. Is this the best sounding jazz orchestral recording of all times? I know of none that is better recorded. From the magic of Ben Webster's mellifluous sounding horn on 'Blue and Sentimental' to the four trumpets blasting out 'Stompin' At The Savoy', played loud and without distortion, this is pure audio musical catnip. Absolutely gorgeous." - HiFi+, November 2017, 10/10 Recording, 10/10 Music
This IMPEX reissue is sourced from an "analog mix-down transfer of the original 1958 work tape by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios" and cut by Chris Bellman and Bob Donnelly at Bernie Grundman Mastering on Grundman's all-tube mastering system. I have a clean, original 6-Eye pressing that this superbly pressed reissue betters in every way. This will make both your stereo and your heart sing. Some of the greatest jazz musicians of that or any era wailing and clearly having a Legrand time. Limited to 3000 copies. Don't miss it! Sound 11/10 Music 10/10 Michael Fremer Analogplanet.com
With this release, Impex has once again raised the bar for archival reissues, resurrecting a classic that deserves to be considered along with evergreens like Kind of Blue, A Love Supreme, Time Out, Getz/Gilberto and Way Out West. The music is beyond reproach, performed by a who’s-who of jazz musicians, and captured in close-to-perfect sound. There's much to admire and relish here. Sound 5/5 Music 5/5 The Audio Beat
The new Impex vinyl reissue, which used an all-analog chain, offers a wide, full soundstage. Detailed and warm, the LP has an in-the-room presence with lots of air. If texture and timbre appeal to you, this is a must-hear audiophile reissue The Absolute Sound
100% Analog 180g Vinyl LP - Features Performances by John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Bill Evans & More
Legrand Jazz features Michel Legrand with 31 of America's greatest jazzmen featuring Miles Davis.
"It is about time Legrand Jazz, this historic jazz LP—or shall I say "hard bop"—was reissued properly. The Impex LP is the 36th LP version of Legrand Jazz in the world, and the best, I think, by a country mile. Made from the Columbia session tapes and cut on the all-tube Bernie Grundman mastering and cutting system, it got RTI's best treatment, supervised by Rick Hashimoto. Impex's brilliant Bob Donnelly oversaw production, and Chris Bellman did the cutting. The album art is fresh and first class all the way, with a gate fold jacket, too. This is the kind of "high cotton treatment" for which Impex Records is famous in all of their releases..."
"The performances are all amazing and luscious. Dynamics are powerful and precise. The bass is open and deeper than deep. Sound stage width is wall to wall, and depth is excellent and clear. The personnel play like there’s no tomorrow, with lots of heart and energy. Imaging is absolutely, positively perfect. Every instrument and ensemble is mic'ed to perfection. The tonality and layering is fresh and tape-like. The session tapes were well cared for and fresh for the remaking. Legrand Jazz is 180 grams of musical tour de force. I kept saying WOW! over and over again with each superb solo. Who knew this album, the recording, and the engineering was this phenomenal? I did not..."
"With superb performances, exquisite surfaces, perfect LP cutting and pressing, and Impex Records’ extremely high production standards, Legrand Jazz is in my current estimation the ultimate reissue ever. Legrand Jazz is a true reference LP and worth including in any top-notch record library for the jazz aficionado or devoted audiophile. Well done Impex! Legrand Jazz receives my highest recommendation." - Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback, August 2017
• Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180g Vinyl LP!
• Limited To Only 3000 Numbered Copies!
• Mastered by Chris Bellman and Bob Donnelly on Bernie Grundman Mastering's all-tube cutting system, Hollywood, CA
• Analog mix-down transfer of the original 1958 work tapes by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, New York, NY
• Plated and pressed at RTI, supervised by Rick Hashimoto
• Gatefold jacket housed inside a resealable, protective plastic sleeve
In 1962, the best jazz musicians in America were brought together by a 27-year old French compositional prodigy. The record they made is a legendary mix of Gaelic lyricism and a simmering jazz soul.
Legrand Jazz was greeted by an enthusiastic review in the magazine Down Beat. Dom Cerulli awarded it five stars out of a possible five.
In 1958, a young, successful French composer-arranger with a major infatuation on American jazz, worked his way to New York and convinced the very best players of the time to record an album of largely jazz standards. Michel Legrand would go on to win numerous prizes and accolades (3 Oscars, 5 Grammies, 2 Palmes D’or, etc.), but little of what followed matched the sheer brilliance of Legrand Jazz.
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Phil Woods and practically every other session man in town signed up for sessions with Legrand to record his idiosyncratic arrangements of standards (“Django”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Night in Tunisia”, etc.). Instead of regurgitating then current bop styles, he reinvented the very nature of orchestral jazz band repertoire to make a unique and forward-looking statement on the genre.
The sound of Impex’s all-analog LP preserves the wide soundstage of late 50’s Columbia recordings while creating intimate spaces between players on the stage for maximum definition. This rare, highly-praised recording has never sounded as good as it does now. Go big with Legrand Jazz.
Michel Legrand, conductor, arranger (All songs)
For "The Jitterbug Waltz," "Django," "Wild Man Blues" & "'Round Midnight" Recorded June 25, 1958
Paul Chambers, bass
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Eddie Costa, vibes
Miles Davis, trumpet
Kenny Dennis, drums
Bill Evans, piano
Barry Galbraith, guitar
Betty Glamann, harp
Herbie Mann, flute
Jerome Richardson, baritone sax, bass clarinet
Phil Woods, alto sax
For "Nuages," "Blue And Sentimental," "Rosetta" & "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Recorded June 27, 1958
Eddie Bert, trombone
Billy Byers, trombone
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
George Duvivier, bass
Major Holly, bass, tuba
Hank Jones, piano
Don Lamond, drums
Herbie Mann, flute
Frank Rehak, trombone
Ben Webster, tenor sax
For "Night In Tunisia," "Stompin' At The Savoy" & "In A Mist" Recorded June 30, 1958
James Buffington, French horns
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
Don Elliot, vibes
Art Farmer, trumpet
Milt Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Teo Macero, baritone sax
Nat Pierce, piano
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Gene Quill, alto sax
Frank Rehak, trombone
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Joe Wilder, trumpet
Phil Woods, alto sax
1. The Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)
2. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
3. Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
4. Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie)
5. Stompin' At the Savoy (Benny Goodman)
6. Django (John Lewis)
7. Wild Man Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
8. Rosetta (Earl Hines)
9. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
11. In A Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)
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.