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Well-Recorded in-studio Jazz and Smooth Jazz suggestions!

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As a junior head-fier, I'm just getting into the crazy world of audiophiles!

And because of this, I've noticed that a good number of the albums in my music library are not such a pleasure to listen to, in spite of the big names and good tunes...

So would like some suggestions from the experts out there on Good AND well-recorded studio music... No Live... Aside from Waltz for Debby, Mehldau at the Blue note and a couple of others, Live music is not so much my thing... Unless it is a kick ass recording!

I prefer IEM's, and I'm using Atomic Floyd Superdarts and Westone 4r's...

Thanks in advance community!
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And as a semi-bump, I checked out some of the suggestions in the Jazz? thread, some of which I own, and lack precisely what I'm looking for.

Great Jazz, great performers, on sometimes flat and not-so-shiny recordings... Wanted to increase my "pleasure to listen with the Westones" library...
PLS!
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post #4 of 7
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Thanks!

And as far as some of the recommendations, some are fantastic...

But maybe I should be even clearer:

I have an extensive Jazz collection, and A LOT of the albums are not necessarily high quality recordings...

So I'm asking for advice on recording-quality as a main, since music quality can or will be judged by the music itself, taste, etc.

Thanks for the suggestion though!
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Ken Navarro:  "The Grace of Summer Light"  (title track-sensational!) and "Dreaming of Trains"  Ken has been around a long time but these two records are really good.  Not your typical smooth jazz (which I hate) but very good music.  Early Rippingtons is very good.  Spyro Gyra.  I'd consider it more contemp than smooth but very good stuff.

post #7 of 7
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Thanks for the suggestion!

I'll definitely check out Ritenour, since I have some of his albums and he really des a fantastic job...
As a cross suggestion, check out his two recordings with Dave Grusin... Really a pleasure...

Rippingtons will also get checked...

And see, about Spyro Gyra.... I love their stuff, and love the music, but in my opinion their recordings sound a bit muddy sometimes...
Been trying all sorts of solutions with Eq settings with my Westone 4Rs, but still get that impression...
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