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great music, poor product,
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This review is from: Out of the Cool (Audio CD)
It is a shame to give such a low mark to such good music, but the score is a reflection of the package rather than its content. In the vinyl era Impulse! tended to produce LPs with disappointing background information and generally with no recording dates. This problem was eventually sorted out in the era of CD production, when most CDs have been accurately documented and sometimes beautifully accompanied by an information booklet. I was therefore dismayed to find that for this CD re-edition produced (by Verve) in 2007 they seem to have gone back to their old sloppy days. There is no recording date, no time length of the different tunes is provided, no additional information booklet but only an almost illegible reproduction of the old liner notes, and Ron Carter is listed as playing the trombone! It is an irritatingly sloppy product, which represents an insult to the musicians and to be honest also to a glorious recording company, which has produced some of the best jazz in history. If you are of a less irritable predisposition than this reviewer, you may eventually ignore these issues and concentrate on the music, which is excellent. This is the Gil Evans' orchestra in its prime with extremely imaginative arrangements and a group of superb musicians ranging from Elvin Jones to Johnny Coles (listen to him on `La Nevada'!), Jimmy Knepper (great solo on "Where flamingos fly"), Budd Johnson and Ron Carter (who, by the way, plays the bass, as one would expect!!). If you have the vinyl version, however, do stick to that as this sloppy product does not offer anything more or better.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2009 22:44:21 BDT
Umberto Albarella says:
I really would like to add to my previous comments that this CD is also one piece shorter of the previous CD edition, so you get less music when it could have easily be included given CD length. I think the 'originals' series is bad news for the world of jazz, as the vynils are replicated without getting the advantages that the CD era has given us - greater length, better information and better packaging. I can only hope that Verve has a re-think about their marketing policy; meanwhile I'll stay away from this sereis.
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