Curtis Counce – You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

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Craft Recordings and Acoustic Sounds are proud to continue the Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds series for 2023 with seven album releases from the Contemporary Records catalog, celebrating 70 years of the legendary jazz label. The releases are supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world’s largest source for audiophile recordings.

Each title, originally engineered by Roy DuNann and/or Howard Holzer, features all-analog mastering from the original tapes by legendary engineer Bernie Grundman (himself a former employee of the label), as well as unsurpassed audiophile pressing on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, presented in a Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on jacket.

The series highlights gems from Contemporary’s extraordinary catalog and features artists who both defined and expanded the sound of West Coast jazz.

American bassist Curtis Counce recorded the memorably-titled You Get More Bounce with Curtis Counce! in 1956 and 1957 for its release on the Contemporary label. The program features the underrated by talented Curtis Counce Quintet of 1956-1957, a group consisting of bassist/leader Counce, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Carl Perkins, and drummer Frank Butler. Counce contributed two originals but otherwise the band sticks to jazz standards, with some of the best moments being on “Too Close for Comfort,” “Mean to Me,” and Charlie Parker’s “Big Foot.” 4 Stars, AllMusic.

Founded in 1951 by film producer, screenwriter and record collector Lester Koenig (1917-1977), Contemporary Records became the epicenter of the West Coast jazz scene, while its cutting-edge approach to sound and design attracted some of the era’s most exciting artists. The Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds series — which launched in the spring of 2022 with titles by Art Pepper, Barney Kessel and Benny Carter, among others — honors the label’s rich legacy through meticulous reissues that highlight the label’s influential classics, as well as its must-hear rarities.

Since its initial rollout, the series has earned accolades from a slew of outlets, including JazzTimes, which spoke to the impact of the label, reflecting: “Artists, producers, and engineers alike have held Contemporary aloft…as a label dedicated to presenting jazz at its absolute purest, richest, and live-est,” adding that the new reissues “are living, breathing proof of that label’s hotly cutting clarity.” Audiophile Review, meanwhile, marveled at the stereo pressing of Art Pepper + Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics, which it called “top-notch,” elaborating that it sounds “richer and more inviting…deliver[ing] a bit more cinemascopic ‘view’ of the group.” Praising Hampton Hawes’ Four! as “pristine,” Audiophile Audition added, “Kudos to Craft Recordings for re-introducing a brilliant pianist.”

Musicians:
Curtis Counce, bass
Jack Sheldon, trumpet
Harold Land, tenor saxophone
Carl Perkins, pianist
Frank Butler, drums

Additional information

Weight 0,8 kg
Label

Contemporary Records (Acoustic Sounds Series)

Catalog number

ACONC 389

Genre

Jazz

Category

180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs

1

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Side A

  • Complete
  • How Deep Is The Ocean
  • Too Close For Comfort
  • Mean To Me

Side B

  • Stranger In Paradise
  • Counceltation
  • Big Foot