Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery – Smokin’ at the Half Note (1965) (Universal Japan 200g LP) (24-Bit/96 Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Definitive Master Vinyl Rip)

Definitive Master vinyl rip (presented in 24/96 & 16/44.1) | FLAC | m3u, cue & Tech Log
Artwork | DR Analysis | 869 / 233 mb incl. recovery | 1965 | Jazz
Universal Japan 200g LP / Cat.#: UCJU-9083

Smokin’ at the Half Note is essential listening for anyone who wants to hear why Wes Montgomery’s dynamic live shows were considered the pinnacle of his brilliant and incredibly influential guitar playing.

– Jim Smith/AMG (5/5 Stars)

(more…)

Lightninin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ (1961) (Analogue Productions 45rpm 2xLP-Set) (24-Bit/96 Khz + 16-Bit/44.1Khz) (Definitive Master Vinyl Rip)

Definitive Master vinyl rip (presented in 24/96 & 16/44.1) | FLAC | m3u, cue & Tech Log
Artwork | DR Analysis | 870 / 235 mb incl. recovery | Blues | 1961
Mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray @ AcousTech Mastering, Camarillo
Analogue Production 45rpm 180g 2xLP-Set / Cat.#: BVLP 1019

Lightnin’ is among the rewarding acoustic dates Lightnin’ Hopkins delivered in the early ’60s. The session has an informal, relaxed quality, and this approach serves a 48-year-old Hopkins impressively well on both originals like ‘Thinkin’ ‘Bout an Old Friend’ and the familiar ‘Katie Mae’ and enjoyable interpretations of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee’s ‘Back to New Orleans’ and Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup’s ‘Mean Old Frisco.’ Hopkins‘ only accompaniment consists of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Belton Evans, both of whom play in an understated fashion and do their part to make this intimate setting successful. From the remorseful ‘Come Back Baby’ to more lighthearted, fun numbers like ‘You Better Watch Yourself’ and ‘Automobile Blues,’ Lightnin’ is a lot like being in a small club withHopkins as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you.” – All Music Guide
TAS Recommended! Rated a ‘Best Audiophile Label Recording’ in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!

(more…)