Favorite live albums with superior SQ

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #40 on: 15 Mar 2018, 12:38 am »
As of now, I would consider this in all likelihood the best live recording I have ever heard:


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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #41 on: 15 Mar 2018, 02:15 am »
Another gem, both sonically and musically IMHO




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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #42 on: 15 Mar 2018, 02:56 am »
This CD is a very special album, even a historic album it simple is the Playboy Jazz-001 catalogue number released in 2001, recorded in DSD-64 by Corcord Music.

It show great jazz ballads music composed by Patrick Williams(Sinatra maestro) for the CBS mini-serie Blonde in homage to Marilyn Monroe, too bad its not a SACD.

The solo and orchestra musicians are a gang of stars like:
Wayne Bergeron
Chuck Berghofer
Ray Brown
Larry Bunker
John Burk
Kenny Burrell
Lee Callett
Darius Campo
Joel Derouin
Assa Drori
Gregg Field
Dorothy Fields
Kristin Fife
Endre Granat
Arthur Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
Roy Hargrove
Terry Harrington
Dan Higgins
Plas Johnson
Bert Kalmar
Michael Lang
Mundell Lowe
Warren Luening
Liane Mautner
Jimmy McHugh
James Moody
Carolyn Osborn
Kazi Pitelka
Dennis Rowland
Bob Sanov
David Stenske
Olivia Tsui
Bill Watrous
Patrick Williams
Snooky Young

Samples:
https://www.allmusic.com/album/blonde-mw0000005269

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #43 on: 15 Mar 2018, 05:14 am »
Here are 5 live albums, and to get off the beaten path of albums we all know only too well, I put these 3 albums from the small but highly acclaimed Sound Liaison label on top, but also because I really do think they are superior in sound quality, even when compared to ECM's Keith Jarrett.
Bobby Timmons ''in Person'' is an old favorite with a prominent Ron Carter right in the middle of the sound stage, and no I don't think that my LP's sounds better than these hi-res downloads. I wish they did but ....that is life. On the plus side I would probably not have discovered these wonderful ''young'' musicians if I had been stuck with only listening to my vast collection of L.P's


1. Batik; the old Man and the Sea. http://www.soundliaison.com/

2. Paul Berner; Road to Memphis. http://www.soundliaison.com/

3. Carmen Gomes Inc.; Thousand Shades of Blue

http://www.soundliaison.com/

 
4. Keith Jarrett; Somewhere http://www.hdtracks.com/somewhere-live-in-lucerne-2009



5. Bobby Timmons Trio ( LP)



I noted that these albums were labeled 'Studio Showcase Series' so I checked out the website. The Batik album (at least; I didn't check the others) was done "in the studio with a small select audience." I don't know if the fact that there was an audience present in the studio makes it a "live" recording in the sense most people use that term. It no doubt changed the dynamic in the studio, having people there listening, but I think of 'live' as 'in a public venue'. Even with a 'small audience' present, the producers had a lot more control over the acoustics and conditions in general than they would have had in any public venue. The SQ in the samples I heard was quite good though. I'm not criticizing the approach; i think it's valid; just noting the difference between a studio and any club, even a small intimate one like Annapolis MD's 49 West (the image is from Rhythm Future Quartet's 'Live at 49 West' and itself is a very good live recording. The venue is small enough to support 100% acoustic performance.)



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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #44 on: 8 Apr 2018, 10:08 pm »
This picture, taken from the liner notes of the ''Sings the Blues'' download,  looks to me as a concert held in a studio. It is not a club with people talking and glass breaking :D but in a good sounding studio. I guess that's why those recordings sound so good. Seems to me they are trying to get the best of both worlds and succeeding.
quote is from the liner notes;https://www.soundliaison.com/studio-showcase-series/276-carmen-gomes-sings-the-blues
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When an audience is present, a synergy occurs.The audience becomes part of the music making and help spur the musicians on to greater heights. And it was a great audience that afternoon, all ears and smiles, the whole band truly enjoyed playing for them.
As they are not ''separated'' by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, a balance which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones. Because of this natural and musical balance the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary, and since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent.

 

This all sounds very straight forward but for this approach to work, certain criteria has to be fulfilled;
The studio has to have a good sound.
The musicians have to be very good and well prepared as it is very difficult to repair mistakes because of the ''cross talk'' between the instruments.
We have to be very precise placing the microphones and the musicians at the right distance to the main stereo microphones and the right distance to each other.
And with a live audience in the studio, we pray that they remember to turn off their cell phones and that the ones with a bad cold choose to stay at home.


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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #45 on: 17 Apr 2018, 07:19 pm »
Check this iphone recording from the actual concert;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNqPNEZzIUA

and compare the sound to this  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9N08I5lDVw
that's what it sounds like with good quality mikes....


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« Reply #46 on: 17 Apr 2018, 07:37 pm »
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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #47 on: 13 May 2018, 12:00 pm »
Another gem, both sonically and musically IMHO

Is there a hires download available somewhere?

dB Cooper

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« Reply #48 on: 13 May 2018, 12:24 pm »
Unfortunately not that I'm aware of

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #49 on: 4 Jul 2018, 06:25 pm »
here is a classic for you all;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZt1xKtPbUQ

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #50 on: 4 Jul 2018, 08:57 pm »
Wow great performance, I have this CD below that is not so great in general music enjoyment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAxWciJ4l2s
To double the club ambience they mount a pub in a studio and put a mike for the audience, the result was tiresome as the audience was clearly a claque, on the second track the trained audience become apparent.

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #51 on: 29 Jul 2018, 04:10 pm »
Really, that's what happend? how do you know?

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #52 on: 23 Aug 2018, 02:35 pm »
Check this iphone recording from the actual concert;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNqPNEZzIUA

and compare the sound to this  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9N08I5lDVw
that's what it sounds like with good quality mikes....
wow!

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #53 on: 13 Sep 2018, 11:58 pm »


I’ve been streaming this via Roon/Tidal and it’s pretty good sonically as well as musically.
Bill Laurance from Snarky Puppy fame along with other members (Michael League) get a good groove going.

I hope you enjoy it as I’ve been  :thumb:

https://youtu.be/ft8pD-hB2aI

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #54 on: 22 Sep 2018, 10:22 pm »
Good stuff! thanks!

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #55 on: 28 Sep 2018, 09:17 pm »
Wow great performance, I have this CD below that is not so great in general music enjoyment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAxWciJ4l2s
To double the club ambience they mount a pub in a studio and put a mike for the audience, the result was tiresome as the audience was clearly a claque, on the second track the trained audience become apparent.


They did the same thing here


But I do like the album :D

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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at "The Club"
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Live album by Cannonball Adderley

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at "The Club" is a 1966 album by jazz musician Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.[1] It received the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Group or Soloist with Group in 1967.[2] Though the original liner notes state that it was recorded at the Club DeLisa in Chicago, it was actually recorded at Capitol's Hollywood studio with an invited audience and an open bar.[3] The reason for this discrepancy, according to the liner notes in the CD reissue, is that Adderley and the new manager of Club DeLisa (which had been renamed "The Club", after operating for years in Chicago under its old name) were friends, and Adderley offered to give the club a bit of free publicity.

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Re: Favorite live albums with superior SQ
« Reply #56 on: 28 Sep 2018, 09:25 pm »
It has arrived....fantastic DXD recording, the sound is sensational. Highly recommended.

http://www.soundliaison.com/

Cd version and 16/44 download is now available via BandCamp;
https://carmengomes.bandcamp.com/

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« Reply #57 on: 14 Nov 2018, 08:10 pm »
Cd version and 16/44 download is now available via BandCamp;
https://carmengomes.bandcamp.com/

The guitar player from the Carmen Gomes album has made great funky interpretation of Les McCann's and Eddie Harris most famous songs. Highly recommended, it's available as an excellent 180gr vinyl album with a superb pressing: https://tettero.bandcamp.com/album/tettero-plays-eddie-harris-les-mccann

or in DXD at https://www.soundliaison.com/ I have both the Vinyl and the DXD Flac download.

 They sound different but are both superb masters.