At a time in music where history and originality rarely go hand in hand, trumpeter Gabriel Mervine brings both together as never before.
At a time in music where history and originality rarely go hand in hand, trumpeter Gabriel Mervine brings both together as never before.

From one of the best jazz quartets in town comes a spectacular Audiophile Master, Say Somethin’ from trumpeter Gabriel Mervine. Without question, one of the best jazz recordings yet made, this wonderful Octave Records release will help set the standard for how an intimate musical session can sound.

Gabriel Mervine’s Say Somethin’ is a musical conversation in the language of jazz. Octave Records and Gabe Mervine put together an extraordinary hour of music, beautifully captured as if the quartet were playing in the intimacy of your living room.

Turn the lights on low, pour the Cabernet, and press play.

Engineered, mastered, and mixed by renowned recordist, Steve Vidaic on some of the best recording equipment in the world, this is one disc you must have in your collection.

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About Gabriel Mervine

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.

Track Samples

Say Somethin'
Feels
Furor
1964
Sunlight
If I Had You
A Foggy Day
Friends
But Not For Me
When It's Sleepytime Down South

Octave Audiophile Masters

The Recording
Album Features
Hidden in the sleepy little town of Lyons Colorado is an unassuming building without the benefit of a sign or any indication of what’s inside. It’s the home of Animal Lane, one of the world’s few 32 track Sonoma recording studios. During a week in December 2020, musicians Gabe, Tom, Seth, and Alejandro got together with Octave producer, Giselle Collazo, and recording engineer, Steve Vidaic to lay down some tunes and tracks. The session was basically live and captured without overdubs on the Sonoma pure DSD recording system, then later mixed through a vintage Euphonix analog board, then back again through Sonoma to put all the pieces together. What resulted was one of the most beautifully recorded jazz works yet and Octave Records is proud to have captured Gabriel Mervine’s music for all time. Gabriel’s trumpet was recorded using a combination of a Neumann M49 Cardioid and a Royer 122 Ribbon microphone into a Grace preamp. The mics were about 12” from the instrument’s bell. In the final mix, both the Neuman and ribbon were used with the ribbon more prominent. For the piano, a pair of DPA 4009 Omni stereo pair amplified with a Grace preamplifier were used along with a vintage RCA 44BX ribbon, amplified through a Forsell microphone preamplifier. Engineer Steve Vidaic placed the mics at the edge of the piano soundboard, lid low, to keep out the drum bleed and used mostly the vintage RCA in the mix, with a little DPA for stereo spread and air. For the bass, a Neumann U47 was placed close to the instrument’s bridge (6” out) and a Royer 122 Ribbon on the neck. Steve then added a Teletronix LA2A Limiter to the 122 and for the Neuman a Warm Audio WA76 Limiter through a dbx 160 for fast transients, and the lightest of touch with a Urie LA3A limiter for body control. Forsell preamplifiers were employed for both microphones. To record the drums Steve used a Soundelux iFET 7 and Grace preamplifier for the bass drum, a Sennheiser 421 connected through a Grace preamplifier about 6” to 8” from the front head snare, and for the brushes and overheads a rare Tim de Paravacini stereo AKG C24 vacuum tube microphone (on loan from Dan Schwartz) into a Forsell preamplifier. The C24 was placed about 18” to 24” above the drum kit. For the ambient room microphones, a custom pair of Rode stereo omnis through a Forsell preamplifier were employed. Captured in pure DSD on the Sonoma Recording System. Download the recording booklet
  • One pressing Austrian gold pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • Bonus needle drop from metal masters
  • One pressing two-disc virgin vinyl 45 rpm master discs
  • Pure DSD mastered by Gus Skinas on the Sonoma mastering system
  • DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM download
  • No compression in the mastering process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks hand curated on the Infinity IRSV in PS Audio's Music Room Two
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media
"When you hear the nearly eight-minute long blues guitar epic of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe”, the opening track off Otis Taylor’s latest record Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, you’ll get just a taste of what you’re in for. And when the strings and horns kick in, adding an element of fantasy to this south western noir tale, the whole thing will explode like a vibrant sunset. A mix of old and new songs and cover songs, Taylor’s signature jam-heavy, psychedelic aesthetic feels fresher than ever. A fever dream of otherworldly and old west vibes, Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat is spontaneous and exciting, but also clean and controlled. Everything is where it should be, but you don’t see any of it coming." "Taylor masterfully weaves this all together with some intriguing instrumentals and creates for us a complete work of musical art. I will listen to this many more times this summer; with each listen I pick up a new twist. Taylors’ fans will likely love this and well they should. It is both captivating and musically intriguing. I enjoyed this thoroughly; it ranges from traditional in sound to psychedelic (and everything in between). It is Otis Taylor at his wildest and best. Most highly recommended!"

Reviews

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Just did the download. Fantastic recording!! The sound is as good as it comes. The DSD version is way better than the PCM. The 192k 24bit sounds like it is a recording made from the DSD, a little more washed out I’m afraid. But the DSD, all I can say is WOW!!
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Wow!

Waymanchen

I downloaded mine about an hour ago. It took about 40 minutes, but DANG, it is well worth both the wait and the money.
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Dang!

Tarheelneil

This is a fantastic recording. The brush work is very 3 dimensional and defined. Very realistic and like Paul said, spectacular. One of the better brush work I’ve heard. Miles Davis (Kind of Blue) also had nice recorded brush work.

The brush work is very 3 dimensional

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