On December 6 and 7, 1976, in a small jazz club called Stampen (The Pawn Shop) in Stockholm's Old Town, Swedish sound engineer Gert Palmcrantz recorded a group of leading Scandinavian jazzmen live, trying to get "the tight, harmonious sound of the records of my childhood." Conditions were less than ideal. A full house, a great deal of background noise. No rehearsals. No sound checks. The musicians just started playing with no one knowing what would be next on the agenda until reedman Arne Domnerus called it.
…This album, recorded in 1976, has been regarded as "The Best Jazz Recording of the Century"! Most audiophiles all over the world should have already be in possession of one. Its musical artistry and sonic excellence have few peers. Give yourself a justifiable treat - Get one as quickly as you can! This is the ultimate version of the audiophile favorite. This edition is remastered using the complete original master tapes (for both Disc 1 & 2) in K2HD format. In the past, many versions produced with the copy of the master tape for Disc 2. Now the original master tape of Disc 2 has been re-discovered. It will redefine the pinnacle of audio excellence.
…this is still one of the best-sounding SACDs I have had the pleasure of hearing. Actually, audience noises and clicking of glasses only add to the feeling of "being THERE", much more so than, say, in the audiophile classic Jazz at the Pawnshop, Vol. 1 - Arne Domnerus in its newer (2005) remastering. Recommended!