Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2087 - SACD Hybrid Stereo
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2 Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR SACD
Yup, it's just like the blurb says. I'm not a big fan of the performance, but the sonic credentials of this SACD disk are above reproach.Sound 5/5 HRAudio
Great SACD From the first down beat... WOW! Great band, Great sound. 5/5 CDReview
Live Set Documents One of Davis’ Final Excursions With a Program of Standards Given his gargantuan recorded output, Miles Davis seldom abandoned a conceptual vision in the studio, particularly after the turn of the 1960s. Which makes a live document such as Four & More all the more valuable for the manner in which it portrays the legendary trumpeter removed from thematic demands and interior confines, and instead letting loose onstage with a program of stellar material that he’d soon abandon in favor of experimentalism.
Part of our Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Four & More engages with electrifying speed and palpable punch, the effort now claiming vastly improved imaging, deeper soundstaging, and startling clarity. Mastered from the original master tapes, this unsurpassed digital edition teems with the urgency demonstrated by Davis and his band—notes flooding the listener with an attack only possible from sound featuring full frequency extension, tremendous spacing, and you-are-there immediacy.
Recorded on February 12, 1964 in Philharmonic Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, Four & More bookends My Funny Valentine. Whereas the latter spotlights ballads, this thrilling souvenir is all about quick tempos, rushing solos, left-hook rhythms, and hard-bop grooves. Drawing largely on mid- and late-1950s material, Davis—accompanied by bassist Ron Carter, drummer Tony Williams, saxophonist George Coleman, and pianist Herbie Hancock—approaches standards such as “So What,” “Seven Steps to Heaven,” and “Four” with biting tenacity and furious passion, the individual themes racing by as the collective barges in to take rapid, punctuation-asserting solos.
Few, if any, live Davis performances match the hurricane-generating intensity and dynamic aggressiveness captured here. One reason for the vigor? Davis waived he and his musicians’ fees for the concert, taking place under the auspices of a political benefit, a decision that angered some of his sidemen. Whatever the cause, Hancock swings, Coleman flexes muscles, Carter bows instructive passages, and the 19-year-old phenom Williams throws down with breathtaking agility. Amidst the melodic tangents and galloping exchanges, the quintet retains gripping control, with eight-bar dialogues between the instrumentalists and positive vamps supplying cues and endings.
At last, these historic recordings are afforded the breathing room and acoustic perspective they’ve always deserved. For listeners that may be unfamiliar with this title, prepare to be blown away—literally and figuratively. Aficionados know what to expect on the music front, but this reissue ratchets up the thrills by several levels. Don’t miss this gem.
Miles Davis, trumpet
George Coleman, tenor sax
Ron Carter, bass
Herbie Hancock, piano
Tony Williams, drums
Miles Davis Four & More Track Listing:
6.Seven Steps to Heaven
7.There Is No Greater Love
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GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.