Shorter, Wayne: Etcetera (Tone Poet Series) LP
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This is how vinyl is supposed to sound. Produced and hand-picked for release by Music Matters co-founder Joe Harley, mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket, Wayne Shorter's fine quartet album from 1965, Etcetera, receives nonpareil audiophile treatment on this must-own all-analog reissue. We're talking unimpeded dynamics. Hyper-realistic highs. Superb balance. Stellar linearity. Luscious tones. Deep, taut bass. Grooves that seemingly grab you by the hand. The sensation of actually being present at the sessions. Dead-quiet LP surfaces. A gatefold jacket that will mesmerize your visual senses. Musically, one listen will tell you why the Blue Note record remains one of the saxophonist's greatest releases. Etcetera features all Shorter compositions, with the exception of Gil Evans' passionate "Barracudas." Shorter's "Indian Song" takes its place as one of modern jazz's most intensely hypnotizing compositions. If you're familiar with Music Matters' now-iconic Blue Note reissues or the infallible work of producer Joe Harley, you'll know you cannot pass this up. And if you're coming to them for the first time, prepare yourself for sheer sonic and musical bliss!