Larry Young - Larry Young In Paris (2016) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

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Larry Young - Larry Young In Paris (2016) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Larry Young - Larry Young In Paris (2016)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 99:45 minutes | 5,16 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 99:45 minutes | 1,99 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Originally broadcast on radio in France more than five decades ago, these long-lost tracks were unearthed in the vaults of the ORTF (Office of French Radio and Television, now Maison de Radio France) and are available for the first time on this album. The iconic jazz organist is joined on 1964 and 1965 studio and live recordings by Woody Shaw on trumpet, bandleader Nathan Davis on saxophone and drummer Billy Brooks, plus guest musicians from France, Italy and other countries. Among the many highlights is an over 20 minute version of “Zoltan” that would reappear on Young's classic Unity LP.

Released here for the first time, 2016's Larry Young in Paris: The ORTF Recordings is something of a lost treasure rediscovered. Recorded while the Newark, New Jersey-born pianist/organist Larry Young was living in France from 1964-1965, these recordings were broadcast once on French public radio and then archived for decades. As a listening experience, The ORTF Recordings are a revelation, showcasing the innovative Young (who died tragically in 1978 at age 38) and his group of equally youthful and talented musicians, including 19-year-old Newark trumpeter Woody Shaw. Technically speaking, half of the tracks were recorded under the leadership of tenor saxophonist Nathan Davis, a fellow Newark native, who had been performing in Paris with saxophonist Eric Dolphy. In fact, it was Davis who first brought Shaw, and later Young and drummer Billy Brooks, to Paris. With their New Jersey backgrounds and shared love of John Coltrane and modernist Hungarian composers like Bartok and Kodaly, this was a group of voraciously intellectual, highly creative musicians on the cusp of greatness. Notably, these sessions prefigure Young's landmark 1965 Blue Note album, Unity, which also featured Shaw. While these recordings are more ad hoc in nature than Unity, one can clearly hear the angular modalism and cutting-edge harmonies that Young and Shaw borrowed from Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, and others, and would then build on it throughout the rest of the '60s into the '70s. This is particularly evident on the two Shaw originals included here, "Beyond All Limits" and "Zoltan," both later re-recorded for Unity. Also engaging are the handful of Young trio numbers here, including his buoyant take on "Mean to Me," which display just how adroit and inventive a keyboardist he was. That said, even cuts like "Talkin' About J.C.," "La Valse Grise," and "Discotheque," recorded here with a group of European musicians gathered together by producer and radio host Jack Dieval, are prime examples of soulful, harmonically aggressive jazz. Ultimately, The ORTF Recordings offer a revealing snapshot of a new breed of jazz musicians, Young and Shaw, who would return to the states on the heels of their time in Paris and revolutionize the sound of modern jazz.


01 - Trane of Thought
02 - Talkin' About J.C.
03 - Mean to Me
04 - La valse grise
05 - Discothèque
06 - Luny Tune
07 - Beyond All Limits
08 - Black Nile
09 - Zoltan

For the 2xHD transfer of this recording, the original 1/4”, 15 ips CCIR master tape was played on a Nagra-T modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 tube. The Nagra T has one of the best transports ever made, having four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head.
We did an analog transfer for each high-res sampling and A & B comparisons were made with the original LP, using the KRONOS turntable with a BLACK BEAUTY tone arm.

DSD was created using Merging Horus/Hapi A/D converter, calibrated to the required format, and a dCS Vivaldi clock.

2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme. 2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry

Analyzed: Larry Young / Larry Young In Paris

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR15 -6.40 dB -23.32 dB 6:47 01-Trane of Thought
DR12 -6.35 dB -20.80 dB 14:56 02-Talkin' About J.C.
DR13 -6.56 dB -22.62 dB 4:15 03-Mean to Me
DR14 -6.25 dB -22.37 dB 16:11 04-La valse grise
DR14 -6.03 dB -22.23 dB 10:45 05-Discothèque
DR13 -6.44 dB -22.55 dB 4:37 06-Luny Tune
DR13 -6.21 dB -21.47 dB 7:39 07-Beyond All Limits
DR12 -6.57 dB -21.98 dB 14:01 08-Black Nile
DR14 -7.60 dB -23.94 dB 20:33 09-Zoltan

Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 5644800 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 11290 kbps
Codec: DSD128

Thanks to the Original customer!