y the time he recorded the classic Speakin' My Piece in 1960, Horace Parlan had convinced Charles Mingus (who hired him in 1957) that he was one of the most soulful pianists on the scene. At 29, Parlan in 1960 was a member of Lou Donaldson's group and recording regularly as a leader for Blue Note. Speakin' My Piece was Parlan's first album with horns, teaming his trio with the Turrentine Brothers.
Tenor-saxophonist Stanley Turrentine already had his very recognizable soulful style together while trumpeter Tommy Turrentine adds bebop fire to the performances. The music that the group plays, catchy originals including Parlan's most famous composition, "Wadin,'" is swinging and sophisticated but also bluesy, greasy and overflowing with soul. While Horace Silver may have been thought of as the king of funky jazz, another Horace, one named Parlan, was making quite a bit of noise of his own.
Speakin' My Piece, which has superb sound, is essential.
- Mastered and produced by Alan Yoshida and Joe Harley from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note 2-Track Analog Tapes!
- Highest Quality Analog-to-Digital transfers from tape to CD
- Deluxe Packaging with Hi-Resolution Black & White Session Photos.
- Includes Original Album Liner Notes
- XRCD24 is Compatible with ALL CD PLAYERS!
"I recommend these highly. If you want the best digital versions of these great Blue Note albums, grab these. In my opinion they are the best that have ever been done and probably the best that ever will be. They can't stay in print forever so don't delay!" - Steve Hoffman, Mastering Engineer
"Blue Note has never sounded this good on CD before - these are the first digital Blue Notes that come close to the sound of vinyl. And the packaging is outstanding. I love the high quality glossy covers, and the insert booklets are the first effort I've seen to fit high quality photography into such a small package. Keep up the good work!" - Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+
"Astute listeners know that the very first Blue Note CD issues are sonically superior to the more recent RVG remasters. Well, these XRCD24s absolutely crush them both, displaying high-frequency air, midrange presence, and bottom-end definition and weight missing on earlier CDs and many LPs as well." - Mark Mickelson, TheAudioBeat.com Click Here to read the entire review!
"Compared to the 45 r.p.m. vinyl, the LPs still have a slight edge in smoothness and liquidity, but thanks to the XRCD process and the care that was taken transferring these albums directly from the original analog masters, these CD’s have to be approaching the limit of what the compact disc is capable of resolving. Instrument timbre is stunningly real, and the amount of air and decay present on these recordings will make the uninitiated swear that there is a record playing on a turntable somewhere. I’ve never heard this music sound this good in any digital format." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
What is an XRCD?
While the sonic benefits of "audiophile" mastering on vinyl are obvious - less noise and better dynamics, there are many advantages for such careful mastering on CD as well. JVC's XRCD titles are mastered from the original master tapes using a meticulous mastering process. This is in contrast to many "standard" releases which are mastered from fifth or sixth generation copies. Mastering from the original master tapes allows every possible detail, nuance and essential realism of the original sound to be transferred.
The sound of CDs is also highly influenced by the accuracy and timing of the digital 1s and 0s reflected off the CD surface onto the CD player's laser. The surface used on XRCDs is designed to reflect 1s and 0s as accurately as possible, resulting in a smoother, more analog sound with better dynamics. Many have reviewed these XRCD releases as the best available of each respective album. Sit back, listen and enjoy.
2. Up In Cynthia's Room
5. Oh So Blue
6. Speakin' My Piece
7. Rastus (Alternate Take)
8. Oh So Blue (Alternate Take)