Dizzy Reece : Soundin' Off

Dizzy Reece : Soundin' Off


Dizzy Reece (trumpet), Walter Bishop Jr. (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Art Taylor (drums)

Blue Note 4033

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1 - A Ghost Of A Chance
2 - Once In A While
3 - EB Pob
4 - Yesterdays
5 - Our Love Is Here To Stay
6 - Blue Streak

Recorded on May 12, 1960 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Jamaican-born trumpeter Dizzy Reece became a professional musician at 16 and spent much of the 1950s playing in Europe, emigrating to the US in 1959. His playing is some of the most recognizable from hard bop's golden era, yet Soundin' Off was the last of four critically acclaimed Blue Note releases, none of which brought him the recognition that other musicians, including Miles Davis, predicted. What sets Reece apart from Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown and others is his rich, sustained tone. His innate lyricism works wonders with standards like "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" or "Love is Here to Stay," which are richly accompanied. Walter Bishop, Jr., also a Blue Note session leader, is charming on piano, while Art Taylor's staccato drumming is counterpoint to Reece's fluid playing. Bassist Doug Watkins, Paul Chambers' cousin and a first-generation Jazz Messenger, rounds out the quartet.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.

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