Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five

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Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five 42:11 $24.98
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1 Cusim 11:14 192/24 Album only
2 Crepuscule With Nellie 02:21 192/24 Album only
3 O.C. 06:42 192/24 Album only
4 When Will the Blues Leave 09:00 192/24 Album only
5 The Funeral 05:13 192/24 Album only
6 Mick 07:41 192/24 Album only

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This is a historically significant album by this very short-lived group. Like a meteor that streaked by too fast, the New York Contemporary Five were one radical group. Tenor saxophone strongman Archie Shepp was always sticking his neck out, often over the cutting edge so when Shepp, Cherry and Tchicai met up with bassist Don Moore and drummer J.C. Moses, the writing was on the wall: free jazz. In no time at all, the NYC5 took to the studio and the stage, looking to challenge and bewilder anyone who happened to be present and everyone's sense of possibility was suddenly at a new level.

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In the constant evolution of its proprietary mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION, integrating the finest analog, with state-of-the-art digital technology.

The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original ¼” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.

The resulting signal is then transferred into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD 11.2 MHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.

2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme.

2xHD Mastering by: René Laflamme

2xHD Executive Producer:  André Perry 

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