Manny Albam: Brass on Fire - JazzWax

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October 26, 2010


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Denis Ouellet

Thanks for this piece Mark. This reminded me of one of my most listened Coleman Hawkins album. Wrapped Tight.
It dates back to March 1 1965. Manny Albam wrote six arrangements for that date.
How about that band ? Snooky Young, Bill Berry on trumpet, Urbie Green on trombone,
Barry Harris on piano, Buddy Catlett on bass and Eddie Locke on drums.

Here is a listen. One great Manny's arrangement "Marcheta"



One of the arguments for solid state was that it produced a cleaner sound much less distortion than that produced by tubes. In more recent years many have decided that the magic of vintage recordings came from the warmth of the tube sound. The argument is that tube distortion emphasizes sweeter sounding even numbered harmonics, while transistors emphasize harsher odd numbered harmonics. The "natural compression" of overdriven tubes has also been cited. Budget audio manufacturers capitalized on this trend by putting a tube section in otherwise solid-state equipment, effectively giving users both types of distortion, but advertising it as "tube warmth" at a bargain price. I don't have an opinion on any of this, but will gladly agree with Denis on the merits of "Wrapped Tight." Hawk didn't have as much wind on those later dates, but still sounded wonderful - cone warmth!

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