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The Album

Live at Nocturne

Live at Nocturne

The Artist

Gabriel Mervine

Octave's first live recording!
Live at Nocturne is trumpet master Gabriel Mervine’s second album with Octave Records and our first live recording. This is an incredible performance that puts you in the nightclub with Gabriel, accordionist Alicia, and the band. Live at Nocturn transports us to a Parisian jazz cafe. Live, energetic, and fun, you’ve never heard anything quite like this stunning work. Music that’ll put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Recorded live in pure DSD256, Gabriel Mervine’s latest album is a true collector’s item. This is a must-have live masterpiece from one of the hottest trumpet players in the world today.
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Gabriel Mervine is recognized worldwide as one of the best trumpeters in jazz today.  Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Gabriel began his professional playing career at the age of thirteen. By the time he graduated high school, he was already fast-tracking his way to a career playing the trumpet‚ studying privately with jazz masters Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, and Greg Gisbert. It wasn’t long before Gabriel began performing with the big acts: Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, The Temptations, Terence Blanchard, Lettuce, Karl Denson, John Scofield, Hugh Jackman, Lonnie Smith, Russell Malone, The Who, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Roberta Gambarini, the Motet, and Houston Person. Gabriel has deeply rooted himself in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music while at the same time contributing to the modern music scene, playing everything from Mariachi to Mahler.Gabriel Mervine Trumpet and CornetAlicia Straka accordionPatrick McDevitt bassBraxton Kahn drumsPaul McGowan- recording and mix engineerGus Skinas- mastering engineerTerri McGowan- Chief grip and microphone wranglerJessica Carson- executive producer

01 - Carioquinha
02 - Bossa Dorado
03 - Just One for Babik
04 - Menilmontant
05 - It Might As Well Be Spring
06 - Nuages
07 - Indifference
08 - Musette Soeur


The recording was captured live in pure DSD256 by PS Audio's Paul McGowan, and mixed by Paul in Octave Studio's new state-of-the-art DSD facility. Monitor speakers were the aspen FR30. Microphones used:
  • AKG C24 as the main stereo capture microphone placed in front of the group. All of Gabriel's horn was captured on this microphone.
  • Geffels M930 on the accordion and vocal
  • Neumann U67 on the bass
  • DPA 4006a stereo pair overhead on the drums
  • Manley Force Vacuum Tube
Recording System:
  • Pyramix 14

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • Pure DSD recorded on the Pyramix DSD256 system
  • Mixed at Octave Studios on the aspen FR30 loudspeakers
  • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSDDirect Mastered 352.8kHz 24 bit, 176.4kHz 24 bit, 88.2kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 24 bit PCM available as downloads
  • No compression in the mastering or mixing process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering by Gus Skinas
  • All tracks are hand-mixed on the aspen FR30 loudspeakers
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media

Record Reviews

best live albums I've ever heard
Fantastic album! One of the very best if not best live albums I've ever heard. Almost like I was sitting in the front with Paul and friends!
Steve Bruzonsky
I was stunned and awed by the quality and recording of this live jazz session
I received the Nocturne SACD for two days. I was stunned and awed by the quality and recording of this live jazz session. Clarity, openness, magnificent soundstage, air between the instruments, all the live ambiance, it is all there. I even dare to say it is maybe even better than “Jazz at the Pawnshop”(Vinyl 45Rpm). I would like to congratulate you and the whole Octave Records team for sharing this gem with the Audiophile Family.
Marc Begine