Re: [RedHotJazz] John R.T. Davies deafness?
- Ironically enough I spoke to JRT by phone when I was tracing his boxed Armstrong set. I mentioned in passing the quality of his Oliver reissues, and especially the fact that the second cornet comes through so clearly. I was surprised that he did not think there was anything of particular note about the Olivers. Many people I spoke to at the time the Oliver double CD was issued were as struck as I was by the high quality, but to JRT they were simply reissues using more modern equipment.
And, yes, he did say that reissues should happen every 10 years or so, so there may well be some merit in a reissue now.
----- Original Message ----
From: Howard Rye <howard@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 8 November, 2006 8:50:00 AM
Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] John R.T. Davies deafness?
on 8/11/06 7:59, Michael Rader at Rader.Michael@ web.de wrote:
> If you bother to read my postings you might have noted an incomplete sentence,There have always been people who have preferred a "modernized" artifact to
> reporting from the Bixography discussion group. What the contributor (one Phil
> Walsh) said was: "metallic, muffled, muddy and the bass freqs always cut out,
> I had always to pull up the knob of my EQ to have back the tuba or string
> bass. I got rid of all my records made by John R.T."
attempts to reproduce the original tone qualities.
There were once people who preferred the results of using the new tools of
the 60s, as heard for instance on the Ace of Hearts series. I have little
doubt that the verdict of history will be with John R.T.'s approach.
I also can hear no evidence that his work was deterioriating but it is also
obvious that much of his later output was, as has already been discussed in
relation to the King Oliver issue, recycled earlier work. It is obvious not
only because he occasionally admitted it but because mistakes in the
identification of takes and even titles made much earlier recurred in later
issues (e.g. the Johnny Dodds and Jimmy Blythe Timlesss CBC1-010) making it
perfectly clear that the same mastertapes were being used for the digitized
CDs as had been used for the previous LPs.
I have never noticed any difference between the final generation Swaggie LPs
and the CDs of the same material. Has anyone? (Except that the CDs sometimes
introduce additional distortion, as in the case of the Clarence Williams
Timeless CDs, which has also been discussed in this list).
If anyone is suffering from slight deafness it is those who cannot hear the
spurious tones introduced by the new digital tools, and there are a few
issues about on which this must be what is happening since they could never
possibly reach the marketplace otherwise!
No one's hearing (at least no man's) is as good at 75 as at 35, never mind
15, but most of what is lost is high frequency noise. However, there have
been a few people involved with reissues who actually had hearing
deficiencies which prevented them from hearing the results they were
producing as others hear them. It would be unfair to name names! But start
with those who don't notice the janglings and noise-pumping resulting from
the "new digital tools", which JRTD certainly still did! If you can still
hear this gunk you've nothing to worry about.
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