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Discussion: Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

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Post by JCCNY April 29, 2010 (1 of 17)
Hi. I'm new in to jazz and SACDs. I was wondering if this Sonny Rollins disc and Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard are a two channel or multi channel mix.

I did some searching but was unable to find out definitively. Thanks.

Post by DSD April 29, 2010 (2 of 17)
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus is neither, it is Mono.
Sonny Rollins: Way Out West is Stereo
Bill Evans Trio: Sunday At The Village Vanguard is Stereo

Post by Claude April 29, 2010 (3 of 17)
Except for some Columbia 3-channel recordings (some of which have been reissued on multichannel SACD, with a center channel and fake rear channel sound), nearly all the stereo jazz recordings from the 50's and 60's have been mixed directly to 2-track, so it's impossible to do a multichannel remix.

There is one multichannel version of "Way out west" released by Fantasy (Hong Kong), but my guess is that the surround sound is just artificially processed from the stereo signal.

Sonny Rollins: Way Out West

Post by JCCNY April 29, 2010 (4 of 17)
I appreciate the replies - thanks!

Post by tream April 29, 2010 (5 of 17)
If you like jazz, Saxophone Colossus should be part of your library (along with a bunch of other Sonny Rollins).

Post by porpielee April 29, 2010 (6 of 17)
Just try to avoid any SACDs from Fantasy Hong Kong.

Post by AdrianH April 30, 2010 (7 of 17)
I actually prefer a lot of the mono jazz albums to the very early stereo efforts. It isn't bad when there are two lead instruments ie sax and trumpet and you get one from either channel but things can be a bit unbalanced on quartets when you get sax out of one channel and everything else out of the other. A bit of a shock when the sax takes a break and you think you've gone deaf in one ear!
Saxophone Colossus sounds brilliant in mono. No messing, just great music. I also recommend Sound of Sonny which is almost as good but wasn't at all impressed with Tenor Madness which sounds just like CD to me.

Post by Lunna July 14, 2013 (8 of 17)
I'm confused - is this being re-released? If so, same mastering, etc.?

Post by Claude July 14, 2013 (9 of 17)
This is the 2002 SACD (APJ 7079), mastered by Doug Sax.

The new SACD released this year (not yet listed on this site) is CPRJ 7079, mastered by Kevin Gray. It's part of the Analogue Productions Prestige Mono series.

Post by Lunna July 14, 2013 (10 of 17)
I hope the new version will best the DCC gold version. It seemed the original Analogue SACD received a couple of less than glowing reviews compared to the SHM-SACD.

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