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Audio for dummies (part 2)


I was wrong, there is hope - though I'll never fit the Duke Ellington Orchestra in my living room, I may be able to get in the studio with them. Well, not quite, because they would have had to record with modern technology in high-resolution (192 kHz ?)...


Here's a session I would have enjoyed: "Jazz Party", at Columbia's 30th Street studios. Dizzy Gillespie dropped in, as well as Jimmy Rushing. The original LP was released with applause added in. Another version is available without, and in amazing sound.





To get back to the point... I've been told here that Qboz promises, with its "Qsessions" that: "With no digital compression or downgrading involved, The Q Sessions is the first in a new series of Qobuz exclusives designed to transport listeners directly to the studio and show the difference that Hi-Res recording, production and listening can make."




Maybe my system really "sucks", because I did not feel at any time that I was "in the studio" - nor did I really want to be there (but that's a question of musical taste) - and certainly did not feel that added resolution really changed anything.


I'll take those 1950's low-res recording sessions anyday over this stuff - and I am not only talking about musical quality here. 


This weekend, I was over at a friend's who played an original Prestige LP of Gene Ammons' "Groove Blues" (recorded in 1958, issued in 1961 I believe)




I was completely floored by the "presence" of the saxophone. 11 minutes of it on "It Might As Well Be Spring".


Even in 44kHz on Qobuz, with a CD release that may be of dubious origin, it sounds fantastic on my stereo:





It's good to be a dummy!


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