Recent Listening: Denny Zeitlin

Zeitlin BothAnd

Denny Zeitlin, Both/And (Sunnyside) One-man bands have come a long way since 1941, when Sidney Bechet recorded “The Sheik of Araby.” Playing clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, piano, bass and drums, Bechet and the RCA engineers laboriously added an instrument in each of a succession of takes until the band was all present and accounted for on one master 78 rpm disc. Today’s digital electronics simplify the process and expand the possibilities, but one thing has not changed since Bechet’s … [Read more...]

Making Records The Hard Way

Master 78 Record

For an idea of what the RCA post-production crew went through half a dozen times to make the two-and-a-half-minute Sidney Bechet record mentioned in the Zeitlin review in the post above, watch these films about the complexities of the record-making process 72 years ago. The narrator is Milton Cross, for 43 years the host of the Metropolitan Opera's weekly live radio performances. … [Read more...]