for high end audiophile recordings with a singer, these 3 are i.m.o. the very best at the moment.
The first one is the new Doug McLeod "There's a Crowd' available at HD tracks as a 24/176 download.Quote
oug says: "Making this album was different than any other one I've done in the past," recalls MacLeod about the sessions. "They put Jimi, Denny and me on this huge soundstage at Skywalker Sound in Marin County and we sat around in a circle where we could see each other. We played live, no overdubs, just three guys playing some music together."
and great music it is!
The last 2 are from the small Amsterdam audiophile label Sound Liaison,a new label that has gotten some great reviews in the audiophile press and forums.
The 2 albums I think you probably would like from that label are ''Torn'' and a ''Thousand Shades of Blue'',from the Dutch/Portuguese singer Carmen Gomes.
Both albums can be bought straight from the label, as Wav 24/96 Studio Master Downloads.The mp3 preview on the site allready sounds amazing.
All 3 albums are old fashioned one room recordings.
The Sound Liaison label even let the musicians play without headphones, in order to have a better balance,and there by being able to use very little or no compression at all.
Rad Bennett from SoundStage! called ''Thousand Shades of Blue";Quote:this intimate effort is one of the best and best-sounding jazz vocal albums to come along in many a day.
and about the Sound Liaison recordings in general;Quote:And man, are they ever sweet. I've seldom heard recordings that were so successful in both performance and sound aspects.
And HIFI.NL called the music and recording quality of ''Torn''Quote:an absolute must have.
I read an interview with Sound Liaison founder Frans de Rond,that Sound Liaison split any profits they make 50/50 with the musicians,that I find remarkable after having read many a biography of the jazz greats and how they got i.e.50$ for a recording session(Bill Evans),that later has proven of historical and great financial value.
anyhow these are my suggestions,very informative thread by the way!