Take the A Train (2017)

Ellington

Duke Ellington

There can hardly be a more evocative sound in the jazz pantheon than Duke Ellington’s four-bar piano introduction to Take the A Train , his signature tune from 1941 and, appropriately, the opening track on this album. Nothing establishes with greater certainty the fact that we are in Ellington country, the colourful, magical, enchanted realm of magenta hazes, sepia panoramas, black and tan fantasies, indigo moods, and mellow tones – the world of the musical black, brown and beige. There are those who hold that the vintage years of the Ellington Orchestra were from the late twenties to the early forties – and this may well be the case as far as musical innovations and influ ence are concerned. But the orchestral sides here offer abundant evidence that improved recording techniques and a more contemporarily oriented rhythm section do nothing to detract from the inspirational quality of the Duke’s music.

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Take the A Train (2017)

Ellington

Duke Ellington

Analog Recording Equipment:Nagra-T
Digital Converters:Merging Technologies Horus
Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:
René LaFlamme, Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original .” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging. 

The resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD11.2kHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.

2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme.

Recording Type & Bit Rate:Analog Tape to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Take the A Train
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2.
Satin Doll
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Things Ain't What They Used to Be
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Blow By Blow
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VIP Boogie - Jam with Sam
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The Good Years of Jazz
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It Don't Mean a Thing - Satin Doll - Solitude - I Got it Bad - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Mood
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8.
New World a-Comin
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