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SACDs from Blue Note

This will make two bits of Blue Note news in a row, but we just received some stuff we thought you’d like to know about. On June 10 the “finest in jazz since 1939” will release five discs from their catalog on hybrid multi-channel SACD. Four of the titles are relatively new: Bob Belden’s Black Dahlia, Dianne Reeves The Calling, Bill Charlap’s Stardust and Norah Jones’ Grammy magnet Come Away With Me. The fifth is Blue Note’s sole John Coltrane disc, Blue Train.

SACD is the future, or it at least sounds like the future-thanks to DSD technology and the folk who master these discs. Save for the Coltrane disc, each of these has been remixed for 5.1 Surround Sound and if you have an SACD player, you can enjoy it. The discs are “hybrid,” however, and will play just fine in standard CD players. I don’t doubt that the music sounds superior on these reissues, but what’s especially nice about these SACDs are the jewel cases they come in. That’s right. Blue Note wisely didn’t choose to put these suckers in the rounded-corner cases that have become de rigueur in SACD issuing. Nope, they’re packaged in plain, late-’80s style jewel cases. That keeps the collection looking uniform.

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