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Cecil PayneAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B000000928
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rule of Thumb: DO NOT BUY Collectibles CDs January 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How do sessions of this greatness--5-star greatness--get in the hands of lame-eared oafs like the remastering clowns at Collectibles??? They ruined the original, very clean stereo audio by applying limiters and gates, which served only to choke all the zing and "wash" out of the cymbals, as you hear the entire drums seeming to be alternately turned louder and softer (that's the limiters and noise gates kicking on and off)--so damned annoying; detracts so much from just enjoying the music.

If that wasn't enough tampering, they boosted ALL bass frequencies. The bass drum blobs all over the place and young Ron Carter's lean, defined acoustic bass becomes a boomy mess buried in this overall bass mud bath.

Matter of fact, quite a lot of highs were rolled off of this recording, the tell tale sign of rush job remastering--all in a day's work for jerks who care (or know) nothing about the music assigned to them.

After waiting decades for this session to be reissued on CD, wow, what a disgraceful and shameful disappointment. My scratchy original LP on the Charlie Parker label blows away this irresponsible, garbage remastering.

Rule of thumb: DO NOT BUY Collectibles CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killin' 1961 Date May 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Superb rhythm section of Duke Jordan, Ron Carter, Charlie Persip.
Excellent front line of Clark Terry & Cecil Payne.
They're focused on a collection of Bird tunes. Do we really need (another) recording of Charlie Parker heads...?
These guys swing so nice and sweet on medium tempo blues. And yet on the uptempo Shaw Nuff, they can bite hard when provoked.
I bought this record in order to get more Cecil Payne's great bari solos, and it definitely delivers that. But everybody plays so nice that it makes for one of those CDs which is nothing short of a tutorial in how to play. Cecil sounds awesome on the up-tempo stuff, and anything that Clark Terry plays is just right.
The CD does not indicate the recording date or location, but rumor it was first release sometime in '61. The sound quality of the recording isn't distracting to me, and definitely nothing that can't be fixed on your home stereo by turning up the treble a bit... no big deal. The point is the content, not the medium.
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