Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five (2018)

Shepp, Tchicai, Coleman, Monk, Cherry

Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five

 

On this record is heard a new American jazz group. Certainly one of the most important in recent years and yet one with which the American jazz public has had almost no opportunity of getting acquainted. It was formed with a special view to an engagement in Copenhagen, as no club in New York would, in 1963, be interested in sustaining a group like this during its formative period. Also, its first recordings were made during that stay in Copenhagen, as almost no American record companies could, in 1963, be persuaded to invest in music of this kind.
We are thus facing a situation unknown in the history of jazz up till now, a situation where important develop- ments take place outside of the United States. In par- ticular, the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen seems to be out to becoming something like the Minton’s Play House of the ‘sixties. This club also had the Cecil Taylor Trio in residence for a whole month in late 1962, during which period Taylor made what were at the time of writ- ing his only known records in more than two years.

 

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Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five

The New York Contemporary Five was an avant-garde jazz ensemble active in the first half of the 1960s.

It has been described as "a group which, despite its ... short lease on life, has considerable historical significance", laying "the cornerstone of what might be called the mainstream of free jazz".

The ensemble was formed around 1962, and its early members were Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, Don Moore, and J.C. Moses. They released four albums in 1962-63, for Fontana and Sonet, and a final album early in 1964 on Savoy Records. The last record featured an altered lineup, with Shepp, Tchicai, Cherry, Ted Curson, Ronnie Boykins, and Sunny Murray. The group disbanded later in 1964.

photo: Booklet Archie Shepp and the Contemporary New York Five

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Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five (2018)

Shepp, Tchicai, Coleman, Monk, Cherry

Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five

Analog Recording Equipment: Nagra-T modified with high end tube playback electronics
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:

René Laflamme - Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256

In the constant evolution of its proprietary mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION, integrating the finest analog, with state-of-the-art digital technology.

The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. For the recordings on this album, the original 1⁄4” 15 ips CCIR master tapes were played on a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback elec- tronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.

The resulting signal is then transferred into high resolution formats by record- ing it in DSD 11.2 MHz using a Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter. All analog and digital cables that are used are state of the art. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply, using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum. A vacuum tube NAGRA HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog master tape, permitting the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital.

2xHD was created by producer/studio owner Andre Perry and audiophile sound engineer Rene Laflamme.

 

Recording location: Jazzhus Montmarte in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 15, 1963
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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