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There was a time when it was considered unlikely, if not impossible, that anyone but an American would play jazz well. For the first few years after World War II, most of the jazz that came out of Europe seemed to justify that presumption. That era is gone and the list of fine jazz players from Europe, and more recently from Japan, is impressive. Jazz has become an international language, and there is nothing odder about a European jazz pianist than there is about an American symphony conductor.
One of the finest jazz pianists Europe has produced is Adam Makowicz. This recording presents Adam Makowicz in a setting suitalble to his talent. There is another dimension of Makowicz's prodigious talent that comes to the fore in this recording: his writing. With the exception of Cole Porter's "You Do Something To Me", all the tunes are Adam's own. His compositions have a special and interesting flavor.
This recording was made with all-tube electronics designed and built by Sheffield Lab. A single-point stereo microphone was used to achieve a natural acoustic perspective. This technique, requiring a musical performance that is naturally balanced to the ear, allows us to capture the full wealth of ambient information, the physical placement of the musicians, as well as the depth and spaciousness of the recording hall. All of the Sheffield Lab classical recordings have used this single-point microphone technique; however, this is the first time we have used this method on a recording of contemporary music.