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Michael Weiss | Soul Journey | Analog Vinyl | Jazz

Let's press my all-analog recording Soul Journey onto vinyl – where it belongs!

Michael Weiss | Soul Journey | Analog Vinyl | Jazz

Let's press my all-analog recording Soul Journey onto vinyl – where it belongs!

$2,410
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About

Soul Journey, my fourth album as a leader, is a collection of nine original compositions arranged for sextet, including the BMI/Monk Institute award-winning El Camino. After refining the arrangements over several years, I decided to go into the studio. I spared no expense, recording and mixing to analog tape. The CD was released in 2003 and received terrific reviews. With today's resurgent interest in analog sound, now is the time to reissue Soul Journey on vinyl as a double LP set and present the music sonically as it was originally conceived and recorded.

Here are links to stream three songs transferred from the original analog tape:

Optimism

El Camino

Soul Journey

You can also stream and download them at 96/24 by clicking here. Look for the Download button on the upper right corner of the page.

To bring this project to life I'm happy to bring on my good friend Jerome Sabbagh as vinyl project manager. With his own vinyl projects, Jerome has developed real expertise in every aspect of the mastering and pressing process, paying meticulous attention to every detail.

Budget

For the original CD release, the studio, engineer, tape and musician fees alone surpassed $22,000. Fortunately that's already paid for. Now we need to raise $12,000 to produce 500 limited edition double LPs (250 numbered). This will cover the cost of  tape transfer, editing, assembly, mastering, pressing, sleeves, graphic design, photography, shipping, and the rigorous process of quality control of the master and test pressings.

Your support will help us reach our goal. I hope you will enjoy listening to the music as much as I did composing and performing it.   

Michael Weiss

Credits

  • Michael Weiss - piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Steve Wilson - alto saxophone
  • Ryan Kisor - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Steve Davis - trombone
  • Paul Gill - bass
  • Joe Farnsworth - drums
  • Daniel Sadownick - percussion

All compositions and arrangements by Michael Weiss and published by Nepenthean Music Co. (BMI)

Produced by Michael Weiss

Recorded to 2 inch 30 ips analog tape at Avatar Studios, NYC by Joe Ferla, mixed by Joe Ferla to 1/2 inch 30 ips analog tape.

Steve Wilson, Joe Farnsworth, Michael Weiss and engineer Joe Ferla at the recording session

Press

Soul Journey is about as close to perfection as a recording can get. The production is superb.  The recording and mixing are as good as you might hear from any major label and recording studio. This should be in everyone’s collection of good contemporary jazz, and if there is truly justice in our world, a Grammy nominee.” - Jazz Improv

“This kind of balance between innovation and accessibility is unusual in jazz, and it makes for an extremely interesting and enjoyable listening experience.  It is hard to imagine any serious jazz lover not being captivated by this album. Highly recommended.” – All Music Guide

“It’s not often that you find jazz compositions of the caliber that Michael Weiss offers up on Soul Journey.  This very special recording goes far beyond your typical mainstream fare.  Weiss is a vital talent with something important to say...and you’d do well to listen.”  – All About Jazz

“Weiss’ Soul Journey reinforces why he is heralded as a front burner musician – a NYC elite pianist who exemplifies the union of style and substance, foraging and dissolving boundaries with missionary zeal and leadership.” – Herb Wong, Jazz Education Journal

“Perfectly constructed music, well thought out from beginning to end. The nine originals show a maturity of writing, superbly executed by the musicians, as well as a perfect osmosis between the different styles that coexist in jazz, especially in New York.”  – Jazz Hot

“This music lives and breathes freshness and exhilarating originality” – Jazz Journal 

Daniel Sadownick, Steve Wilson and Michael Weiss at the Village Vanguard, during a week's engagement

A word from Vinyl Project Manager Jerome Sabbagh

Over the last few years, as a musician and an audiophile, I’ve become more involved in the production of vinyl. I put out two albums of mine, The Turn and No Filter, on vinyl, both receiving positive reviews from audiophile publications and regular music lovers alike. 

All along, I’ve been thinking that I would like to use the expertise I’ve acquired to help someone else put their music on vinyl. Michael Weiss is a friend and a great pianist. When I realized that Soul Journey was tracked and mixed all analog by one of the great jazz engineers of all time, Joe Ferla, in New York’s legendary Avatar studio (formerly Power Station), I suspected that – as good as the record sounds on CD – the tape would likely sound a lot better cut to vinyl, staying analog all the way. Michael and I proceeded to listen to the original tape and were blown away by the sound quality. We transferred it without any processing to 96/24. 

Once mastered and cut by mastering legend Bernie Grundman, the record will sound incredible on double vinyl.

It’s quite rare these days to have a jazz album – let alone one as good as this – recorded and mixed to analog tape. It would be unaffordable for most jazz artists or record companies. Between paying the musicians, engineer, studio, buying tape etc, Michael spent about $22,000 on the album. At the time he recorded, before streaming and downloads made it much harder for artists to recoup their costs, it made sense. Today, it would be unrealistic for most jazz artists. All that makes this recording all the more precious in my opinion. There won't be many more like it – if any – at this point!

I am excited to be involved in bringing this fantastic analog recording, from the heyday of the medium, to AAA vinyl for the first time. I hope you will consider backing this endeavor.

The Fine Print

We plan to spread the music onto four sides, which will allow for the finest sound quality. We will press the LP at QRP, one of the best pressing plants in the world. My role as vinyl project manager will be to work with Bernie Grundman to oversee the mastering choices, to quality control test pressings, and to make sure the final product is as good as possible. The records will be pressed onto two 150g LPs, tucked into nice rice paper inner sleeves that won’t scuff them. The cardboard color jacket will be printed at Stoughton Printing. It should sound and look awesome.

For those of you into reel-to-reel tapes and reference lacquers, we offer those as rewards. Please have a look!

We hope to assemble the tape in October and have the mastering and cutting done by the end of the year. We will also deal with artwork then. With QRP’s anticipated lead time, we think the month of April is a reasonable delivery date.

Jerome Sabbagh

Risks and challenges

Pressing vinyl takes time, especially when done right. The pressing plant (Quality Record Pressings) is very good and therefore also very busy. Their estimated turnaround is 3 months once they have the lacquers and the jackets, and the test pressings are approved. The company that prints the jackets is also pretty busy. Delays could occur.

The test pressing stage, in particular, can take time and it is of the utmost importance for the test pressings to be done right. That can mean having to reject several test pressings, even in a plant as good as QRP.

If any delays occur, I will of course inform backers at once.

Michael Weiss

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