℗ © 2016 Chesky Records
Inspired by Paul Simon’s contributions, Alexis Cole offers this very special treatment of his music. With Dazzling Blue, vocalist Cole and producers David Chesky and Nicholas Prout sifted through some of Simon’s lesser known compositions. Herein they are presented in unalloyed simplicity, emphasizing the incandescent quality, and unadorned beauty of his lyrics.
Ms. Cole has a marvelous voice of great depth. Her clear, warm resonance strips away all ornamentation and gets you to the marrow of the songwriter’s stories. The vocals are haunting, and a testament to Cole's cross-cultural vocal training. Cole is joined by an excellent group of musicians whose collective body of work is well known to roots music aficionados. Jeff Haynes and Gus Courtsunis on percussion; Marvin Sewell on acoustic and electric guitars; Mark Peterson on bass, Julie Harris on Native American flute, and background vocals from Maria Quintanilla and Evan Sundquist; they are all an integral part of the whole.
Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure music ever recorded.
Main Artists Alexis Cole
Gus Courtsunis, percussion
Julie Harris, flute
Jeff Haynes, percussion
Mark Peterson, bass
Maria Quintanilla, background vocals
Marvin Sewell, guitar
Evan Sundquist, background vocals
Producer David Chesky, Alexis Cole, Jeff Haynes, Nicholas Prout
Executive Producer Norman Chesky
Engineer Mor Mezich, Nicholas Prout
Assistant Engineer Max Steen
Editing Engineer Nicholas Prout
Mastering Engineer Nicholas Prout
Recorded on September 23, 2015.
Recorded using a B & K Binaural head, MSB A/D Converter, and Crystal microphone cable.
Special thanks to Professor Edgar Choueiri of the 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics (3D3A) Lab of Princeton University for his technical assistance on the 3D audio aspects of this binaural recording.
Dazzling Blue (JD381)
- St. Judy's Comet [Paul Simon]
- Jonah [Paul Simon]
- Dazzling Blue [Paul Simon]
- Something So Right [Brian Eno/Paul Simon]
- Another Galaxy [Paul Simon]
- Nobody [Paul Simon]
- Song About The Moon [Paul Simon]
- Everything About It Is A Love Song [Paul Simon]
- Long, Long Day [Paul Simon]
- Love [Paul Simon]
- That's Where I Belong [Paul Simon]
- Quiet [Paul Simon]
Genre: binaural, folk, jazz
Liner notes by Ralph A. Miriello.
Cover photo by Rana Faure.
Session Photography by Alan Nahigian.
Design by Jeff Wong.