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  • davidsager1958
    Nov 10, 2006
      Hello Friends,

      John R. T. told someone...I cannot recall who it was now, that both
      King Jazz and Retrieval were from the same tapes. I agree that the
      Retrieval set sounds better than the King Jazz.

      I'll never forget the one time I visited John and he played me the
      tape of his restoration of Oliver's "Mandy Lee Blues" -- it was
      thrilling! He was a brilliant man.


      --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "spacelights" <spacelights@...>
      > --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "David Brown" <johnhaleysims@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > David implied that the King Jazz and Retrieval sets are
      synonymous. This
      > > never was so and I've just relistened. The Retrieval is far far
      > superior.
      > > More body, resonance, space, detail and dynamics, albeit at the
      > acceptable
      > > cost of more surface.
      > >
      > > If indeed these are from the same JRT tape --- and they certainly
      > sound as
      > > if from the same copies -- and assuming that no further filtering
      > > /equalising etc, digital or otherwise, was imposed by King Jazz --
      > and I
      > > suspect it was ) --then this indicates just how influential the
      > > digitalising process is.
      > The implication perhaps wasn't intentional, but the use of the
      > singular word "set" could cause someone to think the two CDs were
      > same...
      > I've noticed a somewhat similar dichotomy between King Jazz and
      > Retrieval CD issues of Morton's 1923-1924 solos, which I'm guessing
      > came from identical transfers. King Jazz does have more surface
      > noise, and the sound varies a bit from track to track. In a few
      > cases, this may provide a greater opportunity for equalization "to
      > taste," at the lisener's discretion. I like the character of the
      > Retrieval sound, which seems more uniform--usually something
      > through mastering.
      > King Jazz credits John R.T. for "Transfers," Cesar Garcia for
      > "Pre-mastering Re-recording," and Digipro for "DAT Mastering."
      > Retrieval simply credits John R.T. with "Audio Restoration."
      > John
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