Jonathan Halpern called me a few days ago with some Pablo recording recommendations, at exactly the same moment I was in the process of thumbing through some delicious Pablo recordings on my LP shelf. Cool when that happens.
For those unfamiliar with Pablo Recordings, it was founded in late 70’s by Norman Granz. Norman was the founder of Verve Records in 1956. You know, that little label that represented some of the greatest Jazz performers in the history or recorded music. He then founded Pablo Records in 1973.
If you don’t have any Pablo Records in your collection, I urge you to do so. They are plentiful, and cheap. Sonically, they are all fantastic. Big, wet, juicy, dense, organic, palpable and a completely open window to the music event. I love’em. The paying is the stuff of legend and the musicians are at the top of their game. At this point in their career, these guys and girls are finely aged, much like a burnished heirloom or the brassing of metal on a fine camera housing. Japanese call this Wabi Sabi, btw. I love that, don’t you? There is a deeper musical wisdom here than any other time in their history of playing – the interplay and musical knowledge they portray within these recordings is phenomenal.
Spinning today at the shop – The Trumpet Summit – this one cooks! Ray Brown’s insane walking bass lines keeps side one moving while Dizzy, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass & Bobby Durham strut their stuff. Dig it!
Turntable shown is the LignoLab 401 – a vinyl spinning masterpiece composed of the following components: LignoLab plinth, Garrard 401, EMT 997 tone-arm, Shindo precision bearing/platter/mat/tuned weight, Shindo SPU cartridge and Shindo signal cable.