Whilst, on the face of it, this cd looks to be great value, what with four classic Modern Jazz Quartet albums, it is in all actuality far from it.
Upon listening to the first track it became immediately evident that the sound quality was not up to par. However in a move of misplaced faith in the skills of the people at "avid jazz" I listened to the whole collection, desperately hoping for just one track whose mastering quality didn't resemble a flatulent elephant; dull and grey with copious amounts of unwanted noise.
Having compared the tracks with alternative releases of both Django and Fontessa I can be absolutely positive that the problem is not a fault of the original recordings. Rather the problem lies with the farce that is Avid ltd.
Avid claims the tracks on the two cds have been "digitally remastered, for probably the finest ever sound quality". Either they are deaf, ignorant, or barefaced lying. I wonder which of the three is more likely.
What's more is that the problems mentioned above are not limited to this release, Having purchased several avid jazz releases in one big mistake of a decision I found that the problem appears to span their entire catalogue. In fact I was amazed (and almost impressed) to find the problem of sound quality escalated to unprecedented heights on certain tracks.
My suggestion to anyone looking to buy this, or any other release by Avid ltd, is to put aside any enticement at the low price and avoid their thoroughly butchered classics like the plague.