The premier launch recording of PS Audio’s Octave® Records. From the brilliant pianist, Don Grusin comes a remarkable recording of original compositions. Recorded in pure DSD on the Sonoma Multi-track recorder, this is one of the very best recordings you’ll have in your treasured collection. The 2-disc set includes an Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD with both the original master DSD as well as a special high-definition CD layer, playable on any CD, SACD, or DVD player and a second DVD data disc with high-resolution PCM and pure single rate DSD for copying to your computer.
Do not miss out on this limited edition release of Octave Records’ premier launch of its Master Series.
“Wow. This is the best recording of a piano I have ever heard. It’s as if Grusin’s in the room with me. Great work, beautiful, inspired music. Highly recommended.“
|The Last Train||
|2-minute Study in E||
|When Last We Spoke||
|Grusin Likes Gershwin||
|Jam Suite 1 - Keyroes||
|Jam Suite 2 - Colorado Peach Jam||
|So Nan Desu||
This is one recording you don’t want to be without. Each track is a sonic treasure that you’ll not only enjoy musically but a real jaw-dropper on your system.
Octave’s premier release, Out of Thin Air, is from world-renowned pianist and composer, Don Grusin.
Don has recorded with hundreds of artists and has received three GRAMMY awards and nominated for a fourth, with his 2006 live album The Hang. His recording projects and live performances have taken him around the world. He is the founder of Moose Sound LLC, a recording studio outside of Salida, Colorado where Out of Thin Air was recorded.
Don Grusin grew up in Littleton, Colorado, studied at the University of Colorado Boulder in the 1960s and went on to teach economics. At the same time, he pursued his musical interests and in the 1970s, while teaching at Foothill College, he started playing with Latin-jazz Bay Area superband Azteca. When Don got an invitation from Quincy Jones to join his touring band, he dedicated himself to music full-time, as a bandleader and studio musician in Los Angeles.
Don has worked with a variety of artists including: Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, Zoot Sims, Joe Pass, and many others; and with the 1980s Friendship band, which featured guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Alex Acuna, saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Abe Laboriel and percussionist Steve Forman.; and with the 1980s Friendship band, which featured guitarist Lee Ritenour, drummer Alex Acuna, saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Abe Laboriel and percussionist Steve Forman.
Don’s older brother, noted composer/pianist/producer and co-founder of GRP Records, Dave Grusin, had a major influence on Don’s interest and approach to music generally and in jazz in particular. They’ve played together at The Conference of World Affairs at CU for many years, and have frequently played two-piano concerts on tours in the US and internationally.
Recorded on the Sonoma multi-track workstation which uses pure one-bit Direct Stream Digital® (DSD) technology. From the format’s inception, the point man on DSD recording has been Gus Skinas, who has worked on countless SACD and other releases including reissues of nearly two dozen Rolling Stones titles, plus numerous classics from Nat King Cole, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, George Harrison and others.
Recorded and Mixed at Moose Sound, Poncha Springs, CO. on February 29, 2020, by Robert Friedrich, Five/Four Productions, Ltd.
Edited and Mastered by Gus Skinas, Octave Records, PS Audio
Recorded and Mixed using Five/Four REVEAL SDM TM Technology. Five/Four Productions’ exclusive REVEAL Superior Dimension Music TM Technology is employed to raise the standard of excellence in both the recording of music and the music listening experience.
Microphones: AEA R88; Sanken CO-100
Microphone Preamplifiers: Forsell Technologies SMP-2; Integer Audio RMP2;
Mix Console: SSL SiX
Interconnecting Cables: Brown Electronics Labs BEL “The Wire” Type P1; Mogami Neglex; Monster Cable Studio Pro1000
Digital Recording System: Sonoma DAW with Meitner ADC/DAC Mk IV
Monitor Speakers: ATC SCM 50 and Hafler TRM8
Digital Editor: Sonoma DAW
Piano: Yamaha C7FII
Piano technician: Kevin Stock
Honoring the Music and Those Who Make It
Our mission at Octave Records™ is simple – respect musicians by paying them fairly and respect their music by bringing it to life in the highest-quality possible.
Too often, musicians have to absorb the costs of production, leaving them little or any earnings – or even putting them in debt. And the quality of their recordings end up in last place. We at PS Audio and Octave Records are dedicated to correcting these inequities.
To support musicians, Octave™ covers 100% of all studio, mixing, mastering, production, distribution, and marketing expenses so that artists may directly share in retail sales revenues – while retaining ownership of their music.
Octave Records is dedicated to offering the highest-quality recordings in high-resolution formats including pure DSD on SACD , as well as 192kHz PCM. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Octave utilizes the world’s finest studio equipment, based around the acclaimed Sonoma™ DSD recording, mixing, and mastering system. Gus Skinas, our world-renowned mastering engineer, has hundreds of album credits and helped design the Sonoma system.