Moodsville (2016)

Strayhorn, Porter, Lewis, Davis, Duke, Gillespie, Lowe

Bennie Wallace

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This latest album from tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace (a familiar audiophile artist) is one of his finest and most lyrical sessions to date. Recorded direct to 2-track Analog Tape at Systems 2 in New York in May the session features some of the hottest jazz musicians currently working in the US: Mulgrew Miller (piano), Peter Washington (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums) The performances include the following Love For Sale. I Concentrate On You, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, When A Woman Loves A Man, April In Paris, Milestones and Con Alma. The sound and feel of the album is very close to that of the great Moodsville and Prestige recordings of the 50s and 60s featuring artists like Gene Ammons. This album is a tribute to those great recordings hence the title Moodsville. There are stunning versions of April In Paris, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing and When A Woman Loves A Man. This is the kind of beautiful, smoky, full bodied and ballad-filled tenor sax album that audiophiles just love!

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"Bennie Wallace is unlike any tenor saxophonist, often alternating between a soulful, fat tone (which is very similar to Ben Webster's approach) and sudden unpredictable jumps (no doubt inspired by alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy). Joined by an outstanding rhythm section consisting of pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash, Wallace explores favorites from the swing and bop eras, with his bandmates providing a solid anchor underneath his flights. Two gems from the pen of Billy Strayhorn, the rhapsodic "My Little Brown Book" and the fragile ballad "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," stand in a class by themselves with Wallace's fresh interpretations. Both theLatin-flavored arrangement of "Love for Sale" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" pack a powerful punch, while "Milestones" (the earlier one which Miles Davis recorded for Savoy, though it was actually composed by John Lewis) takes a far more adventurous route than typically heard.

This excellent session demonstrates a mature artist with a very distinct sound, which should be the ultimate goal of every jazz musician. This highly recommended Album is one of Bennie Wallace's best sessions of his long, very fruitful career."

- Ken Dryden, All Music

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Bennie Wallace

Bennie Wallace is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He began playing in local clubs with the encouragement of East Ridge, Tennessee High School band director and drummer Chet Hedgecoth and professional reed player Billy Usselton, who appeared as a guest at a stage band festival and heard Wallace with the East Ridge High School Swing Band. 

After studying clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Wallace settled in New York in 1971 with the encouragement of Monty Alexander, who hired him and recommended him to the American Federation of Musicians local, which virtually guaranteed his entry. Wallace played with Barry Harris, Buddy Rich, Dannie Richmond.  His debut recording was done with Flip Phillips and Scott Hamilton in 1977.

Wallace has cited Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins among many major saxophone influences. He recorded on the revived Blue Note label in 1985 - the original label provided much of the key music of his formative years.  The eclectic cast on the album Twilight Time reflects the mix of musical styles he encountered in the local club scene of Chattanooga, such as the Blue Room, the AmVets Club and Katie's Four O'Clock Club. Country & western, western swing, and rock & roll all required familiarity with key signatures and repertoire favored by "pickers" (guitarists). 

Wallace toured and recorded with trombonist Ray Anderson (musician), whose technical skills allowed both musicians to explore a broad repertoire not always associated with jazz music. He has provided original music for Ron Shelton's films Blaze and White Men Can't Jump. 

photo: from booklet 'Moodsville'

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Moodsville (2016)

Strayhorn, Porter, Lewis, Davis, Duke, Gillespie, Lowe

Bennie Wallace

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Ying Tan continues to issue some of the best albums in the business. It’s hard to find a better producer than Joe Harley. Moodsville features tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace leading a classic quartet of piano, bass, and drums. Although this is a multi-miked studio recording, Joe Harley and recording engineer Joe Marciano have done a credible job of creating a plausible soundstage. The recording has good dynamics and presence, and captures Wallace’s big tenor sax tone. This is a direct-to-two-track-Direct-Stream-Digital (DSD) recording. In classic jazz tradition, ballads alternate with more up-tempo numbers on this great late-night-listening disc of standards by Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and others, including "I’ll Never Smile Again" and "April in Paris." The album won’t knock your socks off with technical pyrotechnics or gimmicks, and it’s unlikely to become a classic of the genre. It is an album of straight-ahead jazz that will make your quiet evening at home much more pleasurable. Ying Tan and company are a class act, and I applaud their efforts to make the jazz music world a better place. Keep it up, guys.

Dave Glackin[read full review]

    AllMusic

This excellent session demonstrates a mature artist with a very distinct sound, which should be the ultimate goal of every jazz musician. This highly recommended Album is one of Bennie Wallace's best sessions of his long, very fruitful career.

Ken Dryden[read full review]

Moodsville (2016)

Strayhorn, Porter, Lewis, Davis, Duke, Gillespie, Lowe

Bennie Wallace

Digital Converters: Sony Direct Stream Digital™ System with custom engineered ADCs and DACs by Ed Meitner, EMM Labs. The tracks were recorded live direct to two track DSD.
Executive Producers: Ying Tan and Sebastian Koh
Mastering Engineer: Bernie Grundman
Mastering Room: DSD 128 and DSD 256 Download Files Created by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab, Marshfield, MA
Microphones: RCA 44, Neumann U-47, AKG 451, AKG 414, AKG 460, Sennheiser 421, EV PL20.
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We are pleased to announce the availability of Groove Note releases in DSD 128 and DSD 256, in addition to the original DSD 64 releases. These higher bit rate DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases are all pure DSD created by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield.

They are not up samplings, for there are no PCM or DXD conversions involved in their production. They are re-modulations of the original DSD 64 encoding modulation that produced the DSD 64 releases. The sonic advantage to these new Stereo and Multichannel DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise.This results in the listener’s DAC using gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.

Producer: Joe Harley
Recording Engineer: Joe Marciano
Recording location: Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY on May 14 and 15, 2001
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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I'll Never Smile Again
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Con Alma
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April In Paris
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Love For Sale
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Little Brown Book
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