Be Still review in Stereophile
Some very kind words from Fred Kaplan at Stereophile.
Dave Douglas’ Be Still (on the trumpeter’s own Greenleaf Music label) is his most sheer-gorgeous album since the 1998 Charms of the Night Sky and one of the best-sounding new recordings that I’ve heard by anybody in quite a while. And it’s available on LP as well as CD.
And, a brief bit about the vinyl we pressed.
The LP was mastered by Mark Wilder from the 24/96 files (as was the CD) and cut on 180gm vinyl, via Direct Metal Mastering, at Pirate’s Press in San Francisco (though my colleague Michael Fremer says Pirate’s Press is a forwarding house and that the work was probably done by GZ in the Czech Republic, which also did the Decca/Abkco Stones box). The vinyl pressing is very quiet and slightly better than the CD: you hear a bit more of the fingerwork on the bass, there’s more air surrounding the horns, a little extra sizzle on the drums. But in either medium, this is a splendid album in every way.