Valerie Joyce Sings The Music of Burt Bacharach in Super Audio CD Surround Sound [HFR]

October 31, in SACD News

Chesky Records continues its series of original live Jazz recordings with the release of The Look of Love: The Music of Burt Bacharach by Valerie Joyce. Like the earlier albums in this series, the album was recorded at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New York City.

The new release is a Single Inventory Surround Sound Hybrid Layer Super Audio CD release. It features Surround Sound Super Audio CD, Stereo Super Audio CD and Stereo CD Audio versions of the music on the album. The SACD serves as both the SACD and CD edition of the album.

The Look of Love: The Music of Burt Bacharach
Valerie Joyce
Super Audio CD Surround Sound/Super Audio CD Stereo/CD Audio

(Chesky SACD 332)

The Look of Love is the singer’s second album on Chesky and her first album release in Super Audio CD. We first heard from Joyce with her performance of “Fever” on Chesky’s Super Audio CD titled “World’s Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings” (Chesky SACD 323). In this recording, Joyce is joined by a Jazz Trio led by pianist David Hazeltine as she performs 10 well known classics written by famed pianist and composer Burt Bacharach with a Jazz flavor.

In the SACD’s liner notes, Ted Panken says “On this excellent recital, Joyce and pianist David Hazeltine, a long standing master at arranging reimagined ‘new standards’ find ways to change each composition and make them, as Joyce puts it, “interesting and fresh and new” while remaining faithful to the emotional thrust of the lyrics.”

Album Producer David Chesky adds that “Valerie has a great feel for the music and has one of the most unique singing voices I have ever heard.”

Production Equipment and Credits
The Look of Love was recorded with Chesky’s custom recording equipment which includes a modified Soundfield Mark 5 Microphone, George Kay designed and built vacuum tube preamps, custom made Crystal Cables microphone cables, a George Kay custom vacuum tube mixer, custom Mytek Digital Analog to Digital Converters and Genex and Tascam recorders. The album was produced by David Chesky and recorded, edited and mastered by Nicholas Prout with Assistant Recording Engineer and Session Coordinator Rick Eckerle. Production assistance was provided by Lisa Hershfield and Matthew Desteno. The Hybrid Surround Sound SACD was made by Sony DADC on their Hybrid SACD replication line in Austria.

Album Tracks
1. Walk On By
2. What the World Needs Now
3. Alfie
4. (They Long To Be) Close To You
5. A House Is Not A Home
6. The Look of Love
7. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
8. That’s What Friends Are For
9. I Say A Little Prayer for You
10. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

Album Musicians
Valerie Joyce – Vocals
David Hazeltine – Musical Director & Piano
Tony Reedus – Drums
Paul Gill – Bass

The Look of Love: The Music of Burt Bacharach Super Audio CD is now available for purchase from the Chesky Records web site for $15.98. It is also available from music stores in the U.S. and Europe. The SACD is also available on a number of web sites that carry audiophile and Super Audio CD titles. This includes the Acoustic Sounds, Elusive Disc, CD Universe, Amazon.Com, Crochet.Co.Uk, Play.Com and web sites.

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