ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Don Grusin's "Out of Thin Air"PS Audio’s new label is unashamedly ‘audiophile’ in every way, taking all the boxes that entice the enthusiast. How so? This inaugural release is 1) a double-disc affair, containing an SACD and a DVD so you can do your own comparisons, 2) the music itself is superbly-recorded solo piano, all the better to judge without distraction, 3) all the studio kit is itemised and 4) the player is a jazz hero (whose brother Dave is responsible for early audiophile LPs). OK, maybe I just described a throwback to the late 1970s, but this is a vibrant recording that will make you sit up in your chair, so real is the experience. It may not get played to death in your system, but trust me: you will use it to dazzle like-minded visitors.-- Written by Ken Kessler for www.soundstagehifi.com
Don Grusin grew up listening to a variety of musicians and genres that have played an influential role in shaping his signature sound. Now, as a well-respected musician, Don aims to offer something different and unique to his fans.
Since embarking on his career in 1961, Grusin has entranced fans with his own signature piano sound. For some, music is just a way to let out a little bit of energy, but for Don Grusin it’s so much more than that– it’s a way of life. Browse the site to learn more about Don, his music, and ways to collaborate.
Doug Hannah - Nashville
I buy a lot of vinyl to hear that natural sound that seems to be missing from many modern, re-re-re-re mastered recordings, but you up and achieved the same thing in a new recording. Something I know was recorded with care and fidelity as watchwords. That means a great deal to me.
Motoyuki “Yuki” Sugiura - Tokyo
The recording quality was supreme with superb resolution. Every sensitive nuance was captured by the DSD recording from the touch of the fingers, the hammers knocking the piano strings softly and gently, the strings resonating with each other in great harmony, the dynamic vibration of the wooden piano body, and even to the room reverberation. Every element was in such great balance.
Peter Rafelson - Rafelson Media, LA
Love this album - Hidalgo, Study in E, Gershwin - you are like Bud Powell meets Americana Gospel Virtuoso - with a dash of Debussy :)
Doug Robinson - San Miguel de Allende
This project is a home-run on every level. I don’t have a lot of music in my library for which I could use the following combination of adjectives: elegant, witty, soulful, funky, cinematic, bluesy, and technically impressive. I’d also like to offer a personal thank you for reminding me that a piano has 88 keys – you manage to use all of them.
Poncha Springs, CO 81242