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  Miles Davis: My Funny Valentine
  "My Funny Valentine"

Miles Davis
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Review by Claude October 15, 2006 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I did an A/B comparision of the two JSACDs "My Funny Valentine" and "Four and More" (both recorded at the February 12, 1964 concert) with the tracks in the "Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-64" 7CD box set, which contains the concert in the order it was played.

Unlike with the other Miles SACDs I own (almost all of the US and Japan releases), these recordings sound better on the later CD reissue, which has been remixed from the 3-track master tapes and mastered in DSD. The english notes accompagning the JSACDs - released five years earlier - don't say if the transfer was made from the 3-track tapes or from stereo mixdown tapes.

The tonal balance of the SACDs is a bit thinner and the instruments sound more distant. This gives the SACD a slightly nasal quality, while the CDs sound more natural and present. On their own, the SACDs sound fine, but on direct comparision the CDs are preferable.

The new transfer has also been released on individual midprice CDs.

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Review by analogue October 25, 2011 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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A completely enjoyable album from start to finish.
This early japanese sacd is an excellent listen. This is a live recording from the early 60's and has a great live feel to it but is not thin sounding in the least. On this particular album the songs are all mellow and realxing even when Davis's trumpet hits extremely high notes.

Miles Davis trumpet has a great bite to it and he can hit some very powerful and emotional tones during certain passages. Drums, sax, bass, all sounds terrific.

The first self titled track is almost 15 minutes long and sets the tone and feel of the entire event. Everybody in the band solos very well. Terrific improvisation.
The sonics are excellent on this disc and the dsd transfer is superb. On some can sound harsh and tinny but on others it will be fine.

All instruments sound real and lifelike.

There is close to 63 minutes of great jamming jazz to be heard.

I dont think anyone who loves Miles Davis will be unhappy with this disc.

Highly recommended.

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Review by audiofreak May 30, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Highly recommended live recording. The original tape does not sound as good as "Someday my prince will come" (also on SME), but it is still worth paying the extra bucks for getting the JSACD instead of the standard version.

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