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The Band: Cahoots        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  December 21, 2009

This has always been somewhat under-rated since its release and this new MoFi SACD has to be the best it's ever sounded! Detail never even imagined is present here and the sonic balance is just about perfect. Warm, punchy and open, the mix really opens up with this release. I've listened to this ... more
John Coltrane: Blue Train        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  September 25, 2009

A considerable leap up from the harsh, blaring Blue Note SACD. This one is balanced with good depth and a much warmer, more natural sonic signature if, like most of the AP Blue Notes, rather laid back and low-level. All things considered, this is the definitive digital rendering of this great early ... more
Jackie McLean: Capuchin Swing        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  September 9, 2009

This has got to be one of Rudy's poorest efforts. Despite the excellence of the music, this SACD (and earlier RBCD issues) is not good at all. Listen to the weird, off-mic "reverb" on the opening track and what sounds like really clumsy gain-riding. Add to that a rather harsh, disembodied stereo ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  September 5, 2008

Great sense of drama in this performance, beautifully conveyed in the mulit-channel recording. Razor sharp detail, excellent dynamics and a conductor "line" that is maintained in a masterful way. MTT is really at the top of his game here. Love the way he lets the music surge and subside, clearly ... more
Miles Davis: In A Silent Way      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  August 4, 2008

The multi-channel format really serves this music well. The extra detail and spatial separation put you right in the middle of the mix. As to the performances, it's obvious that this is a classic session and for good reason: Miles was breaking new ground at the time. It sounds just as fresh today as ... more

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