Hollywood, CA (July 18, 2005)–Hugh Masekela recorded his new album, Almost Like Being in Jazz in the spacious lounges of Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios. The live album, produced by Stewart Levine, was simultaneously recorded to two-track analog tape and high-resolution 24-bit 96K digital. Pictured are (l-r) Bernie Grundman, Hugh Masekela, and Stewart Levine. Photo by David Goggin.
The new album is the debut release from Straight Ahead Records, formed by renowned producer Stewart Levine and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Levine first worked with Masekela on Grazing In The Grass, which topped the charts in 1968 and eventually sold four million copies worldwide. Levine and Grundman have been mastering albums and working together since 1975.
“We started this record label,” explained Levine, “because we share a passion for the great sounding records of that Golden Age of Recording, the late 1950’s.” Bernie Grundman added, “Our signal path uses a unique shared electronic circuitry that enables us to use multiple microphones, but with less overall electronics than with two. The signal goes direct to separate computers for high resolution and standard CD formats and to our analog tape machines for making vinyl. The recordings are truly for the discriminating audiophile.”
The album is available both as a two LP set mastered by Bernie Grundman on an all-tube cutting system and pressed on Classic Records 200g Super Vinyl Profile and as a Dual Disc containing CD quality audio on one side and high resolution 24/96 quality audio on the flip side.
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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