The first part of the Three Blind Mice "Great Three" is bassist/cellist Isao Suzuki's inventive, hard-swinging debut Blow Up. Available for the first time in pristine 24K gold compact disc, this adventurous set finds Suzuki and his band mates (drummer George Otsuka, pianist Kunihiko Sugano, and bassist Takashi Mizuhashi) working through three originals and three classic standards ("Everything Happens To Me", "Like It Is", and "I Can't Get Started"), merging classic hard bop principles with unusual touches (scratching cello and found percussion sweeps on "Aqua Marine"), all captured with the kind of supreme fidelity Three Blind Mice would later be heralded for.
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the same sources as the classic Cisco/Impex 45 rpm vinyl, you can bring one of TBM's early greats into your listening room, your car, or computer playback system, with the assurance of quality Impex is also heralded for.
Impex has created a dynamic package for this Japanes jazz chestnut, with hardcover book package, new design elements and photos and "Rhythm Planet" host Tom Schnabel's liner notes, written especially for this release.
Limited Edition 24 Karat Gold CD! Mastered by Kevin Gray!
Few, if any, international audiophile jazz recordings have maintained the kind of deep and profound influence over techniques and even entire label repertoire as Three Blind Mices TBM6, TBM23, and TBM30. The of-the-moment realism of Yoshihiko Kannaris recordings and production aesthetic of producer and label head Takeshi Tee Fujii have been the benchmark to match. It is to their immense credit that Blow Up, Midnight Sugar, and Misty have yet to be matched, even 40 years later.
Impex, who as Cisco Music has had a long association with Tee and Three Blind Mice, has finally made available these seminal recordings on their state-of-the-art 24K, HDCD-encoded Gold CD for this first time ever.
Kevin Grays careful, unobtrusive mastering provides a near-analog like listening experience while you explore the deluxe book packaging with original photographs from the TBM archives and a new set of essays from NPRs Rhythm Planet host Tom Schnabel.
Impex has given their all to the Three Blind Mice Gold CDs. Giving less for productions with these legacies would be a legendary mistake. Virtuosity and class all rolled into one. A great combination of upbeat blues and mellow grooves!
24k Gold CD
Mastered by Kevin Gray
Deluxe hard-cover packaging
Booklet contains archival photographs