Bob James - Ivory Coast
Label: Warner Brothers
- Adult Situations
- Yogi's Dream
Produced and arranged by Bob James in 1988 this fabulous CD was dedicated to Bob's wife. The legendary Kirk Wallum plays saxophone on two of six tracks. This is a very melodic and progressive jazz CD, which unfortunately, artists today tend to shy away from in favor of "smooth jazz", or as I like to refer to as "jazz-ac".
This CD is an excellent source to be used in determining how well a pair of speakers can faithfully produce very subtle nuances. There are so many instruments playing in the background that only a decent set of speakers will let you hear. "Rosalie" is a soothing passage that makes your tweeters come alive and engulf you with wonderful sound. The percussion in this song is a good midrange tester and will easily help you determine if the speakers you are listening to have any weak points in this area. "Orpheus" is a really nice jazz piece with a heavy influence of classic piano. This song has excellent bass content and has a very deep and tight sound. If you are not hearing the bass on this song, than your amp or speakers are not producing it. "Moodstar" is a very tranquil song. The electric piano in this song will seduce you into closing your eyes and will place you in an unconscious state.
I recommend this CD more because of its fabulous musical content rather than its above average sound quality . This CD is a must for Bob James fans.
Audioholics Ratings Scale
5 - Outstanding: Far exceeded expectations and previous experience - Very highly recommended
4 - Above Average: As good or better than other products/performances - Highly recommended
3 - Average: Met expectations, may include some moments of brilliance offset by small flaws - Recommended
2 - Below Average: Did not meet expectations, some obvious flaws - Some may enjoy
1 - Very Poor: Why did they even bother? Obvious flaws abound, monumental problems - Not Recommended
Features (liner notes)
Yamaha DSP-A3090 Natural Sound A/V Amplifier (Stereo Mode)
Sony DVP-S7700 Reference DVD Player
Polk Monitor 10B Speakers (x2)
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