Editorial

Editorial for December 2011


Published on December 1, 2011

To be one of the lucky seven readers to receive the pair of Analogue Productions reissue SACDs this month, you will need to register on the site using our simple non-intrusive email-protected form. The first SACD is Gentle Ben, a 1972 session in Barcelona—one of the unique and rich-sounding saxist’s last recordings, together with Catalan pianist Tete Montoliu. The second SACD is Dexter Calling—with saxist Gordon playing in a quartet with Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. Recorded in 1961, the session has some Gordon originals, including his music for the stage play The Connection. Both SACDs were skillfully remastered directly from the original Blue Note stereo analog masters, and are distributed by Harmonia mundi. The seven winners will announced here in early January.

Here are the ten winners of the 11-CD PentaTone SACD set The First 10 Years—our November drawing: Donald Wright, San Jose CA; Doug Makofka, Willow Grove PA; Dan Ferguson, Puyallup WA; Ernest Powell, Saint Albans WV; Frank Zoeckler, Encinitas CA; Peter Barach, Cleveland Heights OH; Rob Bertrando, Reno NV; Ruth Dreher, Tulsa OK, James Mitchell, Chicago IL & Frederick Welfel, Shaker Heights OH.  Congrats to all!


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