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The Great Jazz Trio: Objects Appear Closer

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This is the original edition of Hank Jones’ Great Jazz Trio, with Ron Carter and Tony Williams. The four-CD box contains four studio sessions that were originally released as four LPs on the Japanese East Wind label in the late ’70s.

Labels like Columbia/Legacy and Mosaic have set the bar very high in terms of production standards for jazz reissue projects. This set (which actually could have fit on two CDs) gets a B-. East Wind was a label with audiophile aspirations (it made some direct-to-disc recordings), yet no information is provided here about engineers, original recording methods or remastering processes. The sound quality is adequate, but not exceptional. The (unaccredited) liner notes are minimal.

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