Track Selection: A Night in Tunisia (Alt Take) Mosaic Limited Edition circa 1985 Re-Mastering Engineer Ron McMaster
Audio comparison: A Night in Tunisia (Alt Master) Blue Note BN1503 The Amazing Budwell, second press Lex/NY mixed labels circa 1962 Remastering by Rudy Van Gelder
Your chance to compare the audio quality of Mosaic against its original Blue Note pressing, the Mosaic remastered by Ron McMaster, the Blue Note remastered by Rudy Van Gelder. It’s 110 gm Mosaic vinyl vs 180gm Blue Note vinyl contest, two falls, one submission or a knockout. The Blue Note is louder as expected, so up the volume of the Mosaic for a better comparison. If you like, let me know what you think.
For A Night in Tunisia Alt take: Bud Powell (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d) recorded 1st May 1951 by Doug Hawkins (mono) at WOR Studios
Last of my Mosiacs, Its a Bud Powell evening dine in, with ten sides to play.
There are many great and enjoyable pianists from the bop years: Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Mal Waldron to name but six. Three giants stand out – Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. Something different happens when these men lay their hands on the keys. Step through a portal into a world beyond mere “playing the piano”, in which man and piano become one. Mutant Jazz.
Cuscuna’s notes describe Powell’s Tunisia : “Bud’s fingers fly, and he keeps us suspended with an almost unbearable, poised pause. …There is a majestic quality about Bud in this form. His confidence and control are complete; his authority, total. Powell commands the keyboard,and elicits every response he seeks.”
Combing through my Charlie Parker Albums I found only the one “Night in Tunisia” track which puts Powell into the context of “if Charlie Parker had played Piano“.he would have played it like this. I’m so glad I rediscovered it, as hearing it just now Parker’s solos leave me at a loss for words, which doesn’t happen often, “sweeping the listener through a spiralling vortex of tension and compensating release“ Hear the audience enthusiasm as Parker steps forward and lifts off into space, taking the crowd up with him. You too will believe you can fly.
Charlie Parker, Night in Tunisia (1947)
Artists: Dizzy Gillespie (t) Charlie Parker (as) John Lewis (p) Joe Harris (d) recorded Carnegie hall, NY, Sept 29, 1947
Vinyl: M 116 5-record set
The run out indicates asset ownership is EMI the Evil Music Empire, and remastering by EMI house engineer Ron McMaster.
He’s not Van Gelder.
Source: London record store
Box sets don’t fit naturally into the shelves along with ordinary second-hand LP’s so this was not in the usual line of sight, being up in a glass case on the wall. I recall seeing it over a period of many weeks if not months – it’s not on the Dance-House-Techno-FunkySkoolDisco DJ radar that the shop specialises in.
Listening to and enjoying some Powell jogged my recollection of the Complete Blue Note Recordings box set – and a journey up town secured it, and saved it from further months of neglect. The five discs have been adopted and found a loving home, though a only 110 grams each, definitely looking a bit undernourished compared with their 180 gram Blue Note brothers on the shelf. Now, bath time.