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Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin' at the Half Note

Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin' at the Half Note

Universal (Japan)  UCGQ-9050

Stereo Single Layer

Jazz


Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly Trio

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Comment by Downunderman - January 24, 2024 (1 of 1)

This version was released in November 2023 and the jacket advises it is mastered by Ryan Smith of Sterling Sound.

The Obi. advises it as "Verve Label Group 2019 DSD".

It is a title in the 'Acoustic Sounds Series' that was commenced in 2020 as vinyl releases. Subsequently there are now also single layer SHM-SACD versions being released in Japan as part of an 'Acoustic Sounds SACD Series'. As such it is housed in the familiar gatefold card sleeve that Acoustic Sounds customarily uses.

Of potential interest is the reversal in pricing that you would normally expect for US and Japanese released SACD's. At last look this release is priced at 3,500 yen (or USD $23.65).

Not having heard any of the earlier mastering's I can only say that it sounds very good in its own right.

Crisp and detailed without being too thin sounding, whilst also being well balanced.

Certainly, recommended if you don't already have a SACD version of the title and well-priced into the bargain.