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Label:
  Esoteric - http://www.esoteric.jp/products/esoteric/sacd/indexe.html
Serial:
  ESSB-90122/27
Title:
  6 Great Jazz (albums from the Blue Note catalogue)
Description:
  SONNY ROLLINS VOL. 2 (ESSB-90122)
Jay Jay Johnson, trombone
Sonny Rollins, tenor sax
Horace Silver, piano
Thelonious Monk, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
Art Blakey, drums

JOHN COLTRANE: BLUE TRAIN (ESSB-90123)
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Curtis Fuller, trombone
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Kenny Drew, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
"Philly" Joe Jones, drums

SONNY CLARK: COOL STRUTTIN' (ESSB-90124)
Art Farmer, trumpet
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Sonny Clark, piano
Paul Chambers, bass
"Philly" Joe Jones, drums

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY: SOMETHIN' ELSE (ESSB-90125)
Miles Davis, trumpet
Cannonball Adderley, alto sax
Hank Jones, piano
Sam Jones, bass
Art Blakey, drums

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS: MOANIN' (ESSB-90126)
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Benny Golson, tenor sax
Bobby Timmons, piano
Jymie Merritt, bass
Art Blakey, drums

HERBIE HANCOCK: MAIDEN VOYAGE (ESSB-90127)
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
George Coleman, tenor sax
Herbie Hancock, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Anthony Williams, drums
Track listing:
  SONNY ROLLINS VOL. 2 (ESSB-90122)
1. Why Don't I
2. Wail March
3. Misterioso
4. Reflections
5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6. Poor Butterfly

JOHN COLTRANE: BLUE TRAIN (ESSB-90123)
1. Blue Train
2. Moment's Notice
3. Locomotion
4. I'm Old Fashioned
5. Lazy Bird

SONNY CLARK: COOL STRUTTIN' (ESSB-90124)
1. Cool Struttin'
2. Blue Minor
3. Sippin' At Bells
4. Deep Night

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY: SOMETHIN' ELSE (ESSB-90125)
1. Autumn Leaves
2. Love For Sale
3. Somethin' Else
4. One For Daddy-O
5. Dancing In The Dark

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS: MOANIN' (ESSB-90126)
1. Moanin'
2. Are You Real
3. Along Came Betty
4. The Drum Thunder Suite
5. Blues March
6. Come Rain Or Come Shine

HERBIE HANCOCK: MAIDEN VOYAGE (ESSB-90127)
1. Maiden Voyage
2. The Eye Of The Hurricane
3. Little One
4. Survival Of The Fittest
5. Dolphin Dance
Genre:
  Jazz
Content:
  Stereo
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  Analogue
Recording info:
  All stereo except for ESSB-90122 (mono)

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Review by onenairb July 21, 2015 (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
So Esoteric have taken on their second genre, Jazz or should that be Classical Jazz in keeping with the classical theme.

I thought well and hard before purchasing as it is expensive and I already have 2 of these albums, Somethin’ Else and Blue Train, released on the Classic label HDAD 24/192 series and I also have the Analogue Productions Somethin’ Else SACD release as well.

Well this arrived early last week so I had a listen to the CD layers at work when I could. I waited till Saturday, when my dear wife went out for some retail therapy, before I sat down for a comprehensive listen and comparison session of the aforementioned 2 albums.

I started with one of my favourite Jazz albums, Cannonball’s Somethin’ Else. Listening to the HDAD and then the AP SACD just to remind myself which I though was better, the HDAD. I then moved to the Esoteric. Oh my! The Esoteric is way better. A much clearer presentation compared to the other 2 with better dynamics, crisper brass and cleaner bass. Definitely the best version I now have.

Thinking wow this is a good start I moved onto John Coltrane’s Blue Train again starting with the HDAD and then moving to the Esoteric. OMG! Night and Day! The Esoteric completely blows it out the water IMHO. Somethin’ Else was impressive but this is a different league. I did multiple checks just in case I was fooling myself but no. This version of Blue Train is a true example of the difference SACD (DSD) can make to analogue recordings moved to the digital domain.

As for the other 4 albums I do not own a copy so have nothing to make a comparison against but they all sound very clean and crisp. Perhaps someone else can oblige.

I hope Esoteric continue with this quality of Jazz remasters. A superb introduction of Jazz to their label.

If you can afford and can obtain, highly recommended with cream on top.

I note there are some who don't think this is helpful but I don't have the time to perform in depth analysis of the whole box set and I am not commenting on the quality of the Jazz either - these are highly acclaimed recordings and sound superb.

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