High-End-Vinyl 24/192 (Jeton Direct-To-Disc) Ray Brown & Laurindo Almeida – Moonlight Serenade

What happens when a master of jazz bass meets a master of jazz guitar?
And when Classical meets Jazz?
Right: one of the finest records on earth – rare and desirable direct cut production from the magicians of the Bauer Tonstudio in Ludwigsburg, that made in the late 70s/early 80s a couple of fantastic direct cut productions that have no equals.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ari Barrioso, Thelonious Monk, Tamara Burdett, George Gershwin
# Performer: Laurindo Almeida, Ray Brown
# Vinyl (1981)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: Jeton
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0009FGX9S
# Size: 1.48 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Every once in a while you run into a rare gem. This collaboration between Ray Brown and Laurindo Almeida is exactly that. While Thelonius Monk’s “Round Midnight” has been covered by countless groups, this version really captures the loneliness. . . the almost oppressive silence that accompanies that moment. . . emotionally a “10”.

The playing is honest, unpolished, and raw at times. It’s as though you’re in the room as they are discovering musical kindred spirits, and starting to dance together for the first time.

Moving, spiritual, and a wonderful snapshot of another of Ray Brown’s fabulous collaborations for which he’d become so well known for in the later years of his life.

After all these years, some jazz historians continue to lament the end of the big-band era; they continue to remind listeners how much of a thrill it can be to hear 20 or 25 seasoned jazz musicians playing together. But there is also a lot to be said for intimacy in jazz — the sort of intimacy that serves bassist Ray Brown and Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida delightfully well on Moonlight Serenade. Recorded in Germany in 1981, this session finds Brown and Almeida forming an acoustic duo — and the two of them enjoy a consistently strong rapport on lyrical, introspective performances of material that ranges from Tin Pan Alley standards (“Blue Skies,” “Beautiful Love”) to Brazilian songs (Ary Barroso’s “Inquietação”) to European classical music (Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air). One of the most ambitious tracks on the album is a medley that combines Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. “‘Round Midnight,” of course, is one of those standards that has been recorded thousands of times over the years; it has been recorded so often that veteran producer Orrin Keepnews once described it as “the national anthem of jazz.” But it isn’t every day that one hears “‘Round Midnight” successfully blended with Beethoven — something that Brown and Almeida are able to accomplish because they obviously know one another so well musically. Moonlight Serenade, it should be stressed, wasn’t the first time the two of them joined forces: Brown and Almeida had played together in the L.A. 4 in the ’70s — so they were a perfect combination when, in 1981, they recorded the cohesive guitar/bass duets on this excellent record.

Track Listing

A1 Beethoven-Monk – Mondscheinsonate-Round About Midnight
A2 Burdett – Samba De Angry
A3 Traditional – Beautiful Love
A4 Bach – Air On A ‘G’-String

B1 Lecuona – Malaguena
B2 Blue Sky
B3 Traditional – Make The Man Love You
B4 Barroso – Inquietacao
B5 Gershwin – My Man Is Gone


Analyzed folder: /192kRaBr_LarAlm_MooSer_Jet/192k Ray Brown and Laurindo Almeida – Moonlight Serenade
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.25 dB     -21.37 dB     A1 Beethoven-Monk – Mondscheinsonate-Round About Midnight.wav
DR14        -0.74 dB     -21.67 dB     A2 Burdett – Samba De Angry.wav
DR14        -0.64 dB     -17.90 dB     A3 Traditional – Beautiful Love.wav
DR14        -1.43 dB     -20.17 dB     A4 Bach – Air On A ‘G’-String.wav
DR14        -0.26 dB     -20.93 dB     B1 Lecuona – Malaguena.wav
DR12        -0.95 dB     -17.52 dB     B2 Blue Sky.wav
DR14        -0.74 dB     -21.37 dB     B3 Traditional – Make The Man Love You.wav
DR14        -1.67 dB     -20.53 dB     B4 Barroso – Inquietacao.wav
DR13        -2.34 dB     -20.21 dB     B5 Gershwin – My Man Is Gone.wav
Number of files:    9
Official DR value:    DR14


  • Bass – Ray Brown
  • Guitar – Laurindo Almeida

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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38 thoughts on “High-End-Vinyl 24/192 (Jeton Direct-To-Disc) Ray Brown & Laurindo Almeida – Moonlight Serenade

  1. I was always having a little prejudice against such mixtures, but if maestro Rachmaninov says this one is definitely a thing to check out I’m ought to grab it and enjoy it.

    • You will not be disappointed, believe me…if you have a heart for classic jazz. Both grandmasters play like they celebrate something that’s a religious ceremony.

  2. I thought that I know much about jazz, but this is my first time that I hear of this record 🙂 ! Impatience could kill me while waiting to open the rars to listen, but – well, its worth the risk. You’re full of surprises, Racmaninov… Thank you heartily for this!

    • Hi Mac…like you, me myself and other millions of people were wrong too: is not a cello, is always the bass, better known as contrabass, that’s normally played with the fingers. But in this case, when we common people think it’s a cello, it is indeed a bowed bass in a higher octave.

  3. this is my first comment… 🙂
    I have been busy downloading and listening…

    and thank you for given me serene moments of enjoyment of one of the human arts – music

    I’m Portuguese, so I will end with “Muito Obrigado”

  4. My area, but haven’t heard this one – should be a treat. I would love to hear some high res rips of Milton Nascimento sometime (only have Clube Da Esquina, Milagre Dos Peixes and Ao Vivo from Vinyl Sources). Vinicius Cantuaria would be an audiophile delight also.
    Love the sound of an acoustic bass played/recorded well, so thanks again Rachmaninov – you’re becoming one of my favourite artists.

  5. Thank you so much for these 192kHz treasures!
    When will you rerip every 96kHz post to 192kHz status with your newer stuff?
    I compared few 192kHz with 96kHz and sound quality is much, much, much better.
    Keep your great work, by the way, very well done.
    I bought a FF premium only for get your posts.

    • ah…the mercurys were posted by NightOwl, not by me. Concerning the RCAs…I will redo some older rips and hope to think of ripping them in 192k…

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