Leslie Pintchik - Quartets

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NEW YORK CITY, October 2007--In the follow-up to her debut trio CD, So Glad To Be Here, pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik returns on her new CD Quartets with two different quartets.  The powerful band-mates from her debut CD return — Scott Hardy on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion.  Added to the mix on the new CD are the superb — and deservedly acclaimed — saxophonist Steve Wilson, as well as the exceptional drummer Mark Dodge.  

The Music—Strong original compositions, along with three unusual arrangements of well-known standards, pack a rich array of feeling into 56 minutes.
Both quartets feature the members of Pintchik’s working trio: Pintchik on piano, Scott Hardy on bass and Mark Dodge on drums.  In the first quartet, the trio is joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi; that group, remarks Pintchik, is "more like a trio with percussion.  Satoshi gave the music an orchestral quality, and deepened it with the balanced asymmetry of his colors and rhythm."

In the second quartet, the trio is joined by saxophonist Steve Wilson; that group has the strengths of a more traditional jazz quartet, and showcases the group’s beautifully buoyant swing, Latin grooves and ballad playing.  Of her band-mate Steve Wilson, Pintchik comments: "Steve is a composer’s dream: he plays with passion, integrity, great beauty and also restraint, when the music calls for it."

By choosing to split the material between two divergent quartets, Pintchik is able to showcase several distinctive facets of her musical voice, as well as the wide-ranging emotional palette of her original compositions.

The Technology-A Substantial Jump Over PCM

Direct Stream Digital, the technology behind Super Audio CD, represents a significant leap over PCM, the current CD standard. The DSD system uses a 1-bit delta-sigma modulated word, sampled at 2.8224 MHz – that’s more than 2 million 800 thousand samples per second. It is a much simpler analog to digital and digital to analog conversion process than PCM and therefore is really more analog-like in sound.

These new Super Audio CD’s are available in two versions according to Mark Conese. A “hybrid” version that contains two signal layers – one for CD and one for Super Audio CD. They are playable on all CD players including the new Super Audio CD (SACD) playback equipment, and a single layer Super Audio CD playable only on SACD players. Both types of disc are capable of two-channel stereo and six-channel surround on the SACD layer.

At Ambient Records we have chosen to go exclusively with the hybrid version due to it’s backward compatibility with existing CD players. Although we do recommend to anyone interested in the best sound quality to invest in a Super Audio CD player to hear the full potential of these recordings.