Where technology meets art

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Mark Colby Quartet, August 2014 – Chicago, Illinois

The tenor saxophone-lead quartet is one of the most iconic configurations in jazz. Here we have just that, with four stellar Chicago musicians playing wonderful, easy-to-listen-to music, recorded on some of the finest microphones and equipment available. The tape recorder is a custom made Studer/Revox 8 track while the microphones are as good as ever made: the drums are recorded with a custom stereo tube microphone (along with the Bobby Broom Trio recording, this is the most natural drum sound you’ll hear), the piano is recorded with the legendary Neumann C-24 stereo microphone, the bass with both a B&K 4006 instrument mic as well as a Neuman U-49, and the saxophone with the amazing Neumann U-67. The result is a very sweet, relaxed sound that mirrors the playing perfectly: laid back yet satisfying jazz of the highest order.

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