the Tape Project



Series One 

Jacqui Naylor: The Number White

As Jazz Times says, "In the never ending Next Big Thing Sweepstakes bet on Jacqui Naylor to be a frontrunner". She shows why on her latest release, "The Color Five". She has earned wide praise for the strength of her original tunes, her sultry smooth voice and her innovative 'Acoustic Smashing', the art of her band playing one tune while she sings another. We are proud to offer this very special edition of "The Color Five" - recorded to 16 track 2 inch tape and mixed to 2 track 1 inch tape by Michael Romanowski, and mastered by Paul Stubblebine exclusively for The Tape Project. This version includes both straight takes from the original tracking session and some really delicious "stacked" mixes featuring the multi instrumental players in Jacqui's trio creating the 70's groove sound of a much bigger band. TP-001


Dave Alvin: Blackjack David  

Dave Alvin first came to prominence in the high energy Punkabilly band "The Blasters," which he co-fronted with his brother Phil. The Blasters personified the Roots-Rock movement starting in the early '80s. After parting ways with the Blasters he followed many roads that let him express the varied facets of his musical personality: blues, country, rock and folk, eventually winning a Grammyģ for his album "Public Domain, Songs From The Wild Land." By the time of "Blackjack David," these musical strains are no longer recognizable as influences, they have totally meld ed into a personal music of great emotional power. These songs all started with Dave sitting in the middle of the room singing and playing guitar. Gradually the arrangements grew around them, but Dave's singing and guitar playing remain at the core. Stereophile Record Of The Month and at least this once they got it right. TP-002

Arnold/London Philharmonic Orchestra: Arnold Overtures

Malcolm Arnold had been the Principal trumpet in the London Philharmonic Orchestra before he retired from playing to concentrate on composing and conducting. Thus when the sessions were scheduled for this recording of Arnold conducting his old band in his own compositions, excitement in the orchestra ran high. People who hadn’t been around in years started showing up. The orchestra came to play, and play they did. Luckily for us, Keith Johnson was there with his custom recording equipment, along with producer J. Tamblyn Henderson to oversee the sessions. The gorgeous music, the inspired playing, and the legendary acoustics of Watford Town Hall were all captured on Keith’s focused-gap analog tape recorder. Those same tapes, played on that same tape machine, were the source for our version. TP-003

Robert Cray: False Accusations

Robert Cray is in a large part responsible for the resurgence of blues that began in the 80's. Avoiding the cliches of old blind school folk blues or jazz that is blues in name only, Cray's impeccable guitar style and dark lyric create a particularly sophisticated style of blues with strong soul overtones that was just the right style for the mood of the time. This album, Cray's second, shows the band getting into the polished groove it became famous for on a very well produced recording. The album is full of Cray's classic Stax/Volt style vocals and Cray's guitar playing is at the same time meticulous and flaming hot. TP-004

de Burgos/New Philharmonia Orchestra: Albeniz - Suite Espanola


Conductor de Burgos took seven selections from Albeniz' Suite Espanola plus one from his Songs of Spain and arranged them for symphony orchestra. His complete success at transferring the music from the keyboard to the orchestra is not an easy task. The music is imbued with the strongest and most colorful flavor of Iberian music but never sounds the least bit kitschy. This recording has long been pegged as an audiophile achievement and the New Philharmonia Orchestra outdoes itself in spirited, exciting playing. The dynamic range is extremely wide and the depth and width of the soundstage is also extended, engaging the rich acoustics of Kingsway Hall where the recording was made. TP-005

David Oistrakh/London Symphony Orchestra: Horenstein-Hindemith


The two works on this tape are splendid examples of 19th and 20th century virtuoso concertos; but for their great difficulty they would surely be played more often. No adjectives can add to David Oistrakh's fame, but it is worth mentioning the special interest in hearing one of the country's finest violinists in one of its finest concertos with, in one piece, the composer as the conductor. This is Oistrakh's first western recording of the Hindemith Concerto, and his very first of the Bruch Fantasia, which is recorded complete. Oistrakh here plays his "Fontana" violin made by Stradivarius in 1702. TP-006

Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra: Exotic Dances from the Opera


The world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra in a recording with its dynamic music director, Eiji Oue (A.G. OH-way), a former protege of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Favorites and rarities, including Saint-SaŽns: Bacchanale, Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils, and Rabaud: Dances from Marouf. Recorded by the renowned Professor Johnson."...the Dance of the Seven Veils is played with such convincing affects of lasciviousness and moral dissolution that one wants to get to know these players better." - Paul Festa, TP-007

Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby 


Recorded live at the Village Vanguard on June 25, 1961, this is the most entrancing of Evan's two break out albums recorded in that venue. The level of intimacy between the players in this trio is going to be difficult to find a parallel to in the vast and deep ocean of classic jazz recordings.

"Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like crystal notes or sparkling water cascading down from some clear waterfall." - Miles Davis TP-008

Mose Allison: Creek Bank 

This is our reissue of the original 1959 release, with Addison Farmer, Nick Stabulas and Ronnie Free, engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. Swingin', bluesy and irreverent all at once, Mose's combo of uptown jazz and hush puppy blues piano styling seasoned with cutting lyrics has been honored in covers by the likes of Van Morrison, John Mayall, The Who, The Clash, Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt. A favorite album of a favorite musician of ours, this title was right at the top of our wish list.  TP-009

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus 


The 1956 jazz masterpiece, listed on nearly every Top 100 jazz albums list. Rollins, with Max Roach, Tommy Flanagan and Doug Watkins, produced by Rudy Van Gelder. Includes the first recorded performance of Rollins' signature St Thomas, and Blue 7, considered by many to be the premier demonstration of Rollins' prowess as one of  the greatest thematic jazz improvisationalists of all time. TP-010


Series Two

Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel 

51 weeks on the charts! #1 Billboard album in Feb 1975, certified gold, platinum, and double platinum, #1 Billboard Hot 100 songs (You're No Good), #1 Billboard Hot Country Songs (When Will I be Loved), Billboard's top female pop artist of the year for 1975, a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance Female for "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You).", Grammy nominated for album of the year.
Phew! Originally on Capitol, 1974 TP-011

The Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

Mavis Staples' gospel power, Pops Staples' mellow voice, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section laying down the funk groove (with the help of the Memphis Horns and a Moog synthesizer) and Al Bell producing - what more could one ask for? A Stax classic from the peak of the soul era, this 1972 release delivered three top 10 R&B hits, with I'll Take You There shooting to the top of the charts and Respect Yourself holding position number two. Recorded in part at the ex-casket factory at Muscle Shoals studio on an MCI 16 track with overdubs done on a 16 track 3M M56, this album defines the soul of the 70's.  TP-012

Thelonius Monk: Brilliant Corners

A giant of jazz recordings, this 1956 Prestige issue (in beautiful mono, baby!) is one of the Tape Project crew's favorites. 

"Brilliant Corners is a triumph of both performance and conception: the two small-group sessions, anchored by Monk, drummer Max Roach, and the bass work of either Oscar Pettiford or Paul Chambers, feature superb front-line performances by saxophonists Sonny Rollins and the tragically under-recorded Ernie Henry, as well as trumpeter Clark Terry. The title track, which centers the collection, is one of Monk's most unconventional pieces, skirting whole-tone, chromatic and Lydian scales; a version of "Pannonica" finds Monk doubling on celeste, while the band stretches out on "Bemsha Swing" and the blues "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are." -Fred Goodman TP-013


Keith Clark/Pacific Symphony Orchestra: Respighi: Church Windows; Copland: Appalachian Spring, the Concert Version

This grandiose work, scored for full symphony orchestra, pipe organ and tam-tam, has at last been given its due in this celebrated recording. Recorded by Prof. Johnson on that marvelous focused gap head tape machine of his. Can you say "dynamics" ?

"The best symphonic recording I have heard, bar none...a stupendous recording of a probably-definitive performance." --J. Gordon Holt, Stereophile TP-014


Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane  

The response to the jazz titles released in Series One has been overwhelming. And so we continue to present monumental jazz recordings in this second series for The Tape Project. A conspiracy of jazz giants, Burrell and Coltrane appear together in Coltrane's only duo album with a guitarist. The rest of the personnel are equal to the task - pianist Tommy Flanagan (the same Mr. Flanagan you hear on Saxophone Colossus), bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb (both borrowed for this session from Miles Davis' Sextet). Hard-bop, bebop and a blowing session are all delivered in this tasty Prestige release, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in March of 1958.  TP-015

The Band: Stage Fright 

A great album from these musician's musicians and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Here the former Bob Dylan backup band that influenced such giants as Eric Clapton and George Harrison is recorded and produced by Todd Rundgren on a stage in Woodstock, NY. Originally on Capitol, 1970. Not a bad way for Tape Project to break their rock and roll cherry!
We licensed a couple of bonus tracks on this one TP-016

Little Hatch: Rock With Me Baby

Little Hatch, born Provine Hatch, Jr. in 1922 in Sledge, Mississippi, began blowing the harp obsessively at 8 years old and came under the direct spell of Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin' Wolf when his family moved to Helena, Arkansas in 1935. Sonny Boy became Hatch's hero, and from there, another sure-fire bluesman was born. Rock With Me Baby oozes with blues purity and recalls the gritty roots of a time before blues needed polish to shine. If Hatch's harp is technically imperfect, his soulful voice is unmatched. Fans of the real thing will drool, and rockers may at least understand blues heritage through this release. Recorded impeccably at Chad Kassem's Blue Heaven Studio - converted from a 76 year old Gothic church. TP-017

Clifford Brown Memorial Album 

This is a compilation of Brownie's first two sessions as a leader. With Lou Donaldson on alto sax, Elmo Hope on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums in one session, and Gigi Gryce on alto, Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums in the other session. These are the sessions that started the short lived Brown's rise to the stature of a bop legend. Originally on Blue Note, 1953
We have licensed an extended version of this title TP-018

Minoru Nojima: Nojima play Lizst

Minoru Nojima is Japan’s most celebrated concert pianist and a Cliburn Competition Silver Medal winner. Recorded in 1986 at the Civic Auditorium in Oxnard California by the incomparable Prof. Johnson with his magnificent custom tape recorder with focused gap heads. Named Best Recording of the Month by Stereo Review, which described it as "a stunning demonstration of technique put at the service of profoundly musical ends"

"This is an outstanding performance of the Liszt sonata, one of the most musically acute, tonally complex and structurally perceptive recordings I have heard in many years." - Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International TP-019

Jimmy Smith: The Sermon

B3 godfather Jimmy Smith at his best, and hang on to this personnel list-
Art Blakey, drums; Kenny Burrell, guitar; Lee Morgan, trumpet; Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone; Tina Brooks, tenor saxophone
Originally on Blue Note, 1958, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. We have also licensed an extended version of this title TP-020


Series Three


Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy and the Poor Boys

Creedence’s fourth album, recorded in 1969, went double platinum and was on the top ten album list in six countries. Creedence’s tribute to the south is led by the classic chartbusters “Down on the Corner”, and John Fogerty’s cutting protest song “Fortunate Son”, and it also includes a couple of classic Leadbelly tunes and some amazing instrumentals. This album stands as a sterling example of the term “classic rock”.


Nat Adderly: Work Song

The title track, one of the greatest jazz compositions of all time, opens up this amazing endeavor by Julian Cannonball Adderly’s little brother, cornetist Nat Adderly. This 1960 recording helped define the funky, soulful direction that jazz took in later years, and features incredible work not only by Adderly but also Wes Montgomery at his peak and the incomparable Sam Jones not only on bass, but cello as well.


Kurt Elling: Flirting With Twilight

This 2001 Blue Note release was recorded and mixed by the legendary Al Schmitt at the equally legendary Capitol Records Studio One, where Sinatra, Nat Cole and Streisand recorded legendary tracks.

Since his debut in 1995 this baritone with a four octave range has been turning out marvelous albums. Not only has Elling won a Grammy, he has been nominated nine times – for every album he has made.


Oliver Nelson: Afro American Sketches

In each new series we at the Tape Project try to find one gem that is relatively unknown and underrated. This first album by Oliver Nelson as composer and big band leader was recorded in 1960. It consists of a suite of seven pieces that pay tribute to the history of Afro Americans and features the talent of flutist Jerry Dodgion, trumpeter Joe Newman and Nelson himself on tenor and alto.


Otis Rush: Right Place, Wrong Time

If you know the Tape Project principals you know that we won’t put out a series that leaves out the R&B!  This album almost didn’t happen. Recorded in 1971, the major label who signed Rush decided not to release this album. But luckily Chicago Blues legend Rush managed to acquire the tapes and released the album on the Bullfrog label. And thus one of the finest Chicago guitar blues recordings of the 70’s was saved! This is Otis Rush in his prime, impeccably mastered by Paul Stubblebine.


Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder

Here is a classic Blue Note recording, considered one of their backbone offerings and listed on many Best Jazz Albums lists. Morgan, a bop trumpet stylist who studied under Dizzy Gillespe and Art Blakely, plays with tenor player Joe Henderson, plus Detroit pianist Barry Harris, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins. Hard bop at its best, the instantly recognizable title track and the rest of the fine tracks make this a must have.

Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole sings/George Shearing plays

We have long wanted to include something from Nat King Cole, one of the all time great singers in American musical history. The difficulty is not just to choose from such an iconic body of work. It's also complicated by the fact that much of his defining work was recorded before the stereo era, in fact most of it before the HiFi era. We give a grateful tip of the cap to subscriber Philip O'Hanlon, who pointed us toward this gem. In 1961 someone had the great idea of putting these two together. Cole loved Shearing's piano playing (and since Cole was a great pianist himself that's no small compliment.) And of course everyone loved Cole's singing, including Shearing. The joy they had in collaborating clearly made it on to the tape.

John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat: Hooker 'N' Heat

Here is an album featuring another of our blues heroes, the incomparable John Lee Hooker. Out of the 100+ albums that he did in his 50+ year recording career this one rates at the top in representing his deep, earthy voice, raw old Epiphone Sheraton guitar and tapping left foot style with a few extra beats thrown in here and there. It was the first album to put Hooker on the Billboard charts. Canned Heat backs him up in a way that shows the great respect the band had for the Hook's boogie, the engineers went through eight amplifiers before finding him a clapped out old Silvertone that reproduced the funky sound of his earlier albums and the result is one of the best "mixed generation" blues albums of the era. We picked what we felt were the very best tracks from three reels' worth of material to squeeze onto two reels, and brother, I'm here to say it was not an easy choice.

There will be more Series Three albums coming –


The Tape Project Alignment Tape

Make sure your tape machine is tuned to get the maximum quality from Tape Project albums with this alignment tape. Recorded on the same machines that the Tape Project albums are recorded on.



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