Blue Note Jazz Recordings

Category: Music

Check out the RVG Collector Series from Blue Note. The RVG stands for the legendary recording engineer from Blue Note whos name is Rudy Van Gelder.

I have just picked up Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell. Just a fabulous remaster of a great classic. The RVG Collection from Blue Note is worthy of every Jazz Library out there.

What RVG has been able to do with these old tapes and put them to 24 bit CDs is remarkable. There are now several offerings under the RVG logo and if the rest are anything like Midnight Blue, they must be special indeed. I know I will be looking for additional RVG titles for my Jazz Library.

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When it comes to jazz, it just doesn't get much better than Blue Note.
A lot of these recordings have something going for them in that many of the ninyl editions have edits on them for longer songs, plus extra versions. Even the 20-bit copy of Mingus Ah Um I have is worth owning just for the 17(?) extra minutes.
I quickly started buying the Blue Note RVG's as soon as I saw them online. I do have a complaint with the RVG remasters. They are high resolution recordings, but from a sonic standpoint they are lean-sounding. There is no comparison between the JVC XRCD Jazz remasters(example: the Prestige label) and Rudy Van Gelder's. I have 10-15 of the Blue Note RVG remasters and they are must-have jazz classics from jazz greats. But, the XRCD jazz remasters have meat on their bones, with a palpable midrange, exceptional clarity, weighty presentation and strong muscular bass. (sonics with impact). No doubt, the XRCD jazz remasters take my cdp and system to another level of presentation. I keep an eye out for XRCD jazz releases now because they are absolutely superior remaster recordings. I no longer pull the trigger as quickly on the RVG's; but if you want to experience many of the jazz legends doing ground-breaking classics you have no choice but to purchase the RVG Blue Note remasters. I just wish JVC was doing Blue Note.
I started buying the RVGs when they came out and found that Tower Records frequently holds jazz sales that reduce the RVGs even I think they do free shipping on their website. I agree with foster about XRCD for almost every type of music, but the RVGs do give those who aren't vinyl hounds (which sadly I am) access to some nice things.
I agree the new cd's are a little - I don't know that I would say lean, but dry or something... However when they went from mono to stereo many of the early stereo pressings and mixes were not superior to the mono's, and people said the same thing. Maybe the mono's gave them some bloat in actuality, although I know for a fact that RVG denies this. Maybe the original master tapes just were a little more dry than some of the better vinyl pressings. Vinyl will have it's way with us all...