“Superior Sound Quality….. gorgeous, subtle and funky improvisations”
- Lust for Life magazine
Folker Tettero - guitars
Dirk Beets - trumpet and flugelhorn
Dave Breidenbach - electric bass guitar
Klaas van Donkersgoed - drums
Total time: 42:27
Original recording format DXD 352kHz.
Sound Liaison provide the one to one copy of the original master.
All other formats are offered at NativeDSD.
"Great ability can never be measured by the tickets at the gate”
- Eddie Harris
"Call it fate, luck or coincidence, anyhow, I had just decided to expand my working trio into a quartet by adding trumpet player extraordinaire Dirk Beets, when Peter Bjørnild asked me to have a go at reinterpreting the Swiss Movement albums by Les McCann and Eddie Harris as a part of Sound Liaison’s "My Favorite album" series.
Somehow those albums had not been on my radar in recent years, but upon listening, I realized, that the music was exactly what we were looking for in order to set out a new direction for my expanded trio.
Les McCann and Eddie Harris’ compositions are catchy, groovy and full of energy but they also contain an element of freedom, which makes it easy to open up and let loose.
Dirk Beets is an adventures trumpet player who loves experimenting with effects to enhance the sound of his trumpet, so casting him in the role of saxophonist Eddie Harris was a perfect match.
And for myself, taking on the challenge of interpreting Les McCann’s groovy piano for guitar was fun as well as illuminating.
I have worked with bassist Dave Breidenbach and drummer Klaas van Donkersgoed for years. They are an ideal rhythm section, always dedicated to keeping the groove, yet not afraid to follow any idea that might pop up on the spur of the moment.
Recording in Studio 2 is always a joy, I tell you, that Studio is haunted in a positive way. Django Reinhardt was there, Wes Montgomery, Lester Young, just to name a few of my personal heroes, but the list goes on and on.
Engineer Frans De Rond is a magician. To have a technician of his expertise paired with a hall like studio II, is a match made in heaven.
I am very very happy with the result an am forever grateful to Sound Liaison for this wonderful opportunity."
The 8 pieces of music were performed live in the studio in front of an audience of 80 people. The musicians were placed in front of a stereo pair of microphones with additional spot microphones on each instrument.
The musicians were playing without headphones, the reason being that we believe that when we get the musicians to play together in the same room, without headphones, it creates a number of musical and technical benefits: As they are not 'separated' by the headphones, the musicians, in order to hear each other are forced to create a natural and musical balance, which is then easily captured by the main stereo pair of microphones.
And the need for compression to control levels is no longer necessary.
Since everybody is in the same room, the boxed sound which is so common in many modern recordings is absent as the sound of the room helps 'glue' the sound of the recording.
180 gram Vinyl available at: https://tettero.bandcamp.com/album/tettero-plays-eddie-harris-les-mccann
Recording, mixing and mastering by Frans de Rond.
Produced by Peter Bjørnild.
Music arranged by Folker Tettero
Recorded at MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on January 14th 2018
Cover by Els Lochs
Photos by Rianne Hazeleger
Main system: Schoeps MK5
Folker: Josephson C700, Shure SM57
Dirk: Josephson C725
Dave: Josephson C700
Klaas: Josephson C617 (overheads) - Audix D6 (basdrum)
Micpre's: Merging Horus
Microphone cables: AudioQuest Yokon / Mogami Gold
Speakers: TAD CE-1
Amplifier: Moon 760A
Speaker cables: Audio Quest Aspen
Mixing headphones: Sennheiser HD800 / AKG 702
All power cables, interlinks and power conditioners by AudioQuest.
Catalog Number: SL-1028A