Leslie Pintchik - Quartets - Cover Image

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Produced by Scott Hardy & Leslie Pintchik
Executive Producer: Mark Conese
Recorded by A.T. Michael MacDonald
at Sear Sound, New York City
Stereo Mix by A.T. Michael MacDonald
with Andreas Meyer at Sony Studios, NYC
88.2 & DSD mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald with Mark Conese at Ambient Recording Co., Stamford, CT
44.1 mastered by A.T. Michael MacDonald
at AlgoRhythms, NYC

Album Design: Pressley Jacobs: a design partnership
Cover Photography: Jimmy Katz
Other Photography: Scott Hardy and Leslie Pintchik

Released 2007 on Ambient Records

In the follow-up to her debut trio recording, "So Glad To Be Here", pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik returns on her new SACD "Quartets" with two different quartets. The powerful band-mates from her debut CD return - Scott Hardy on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion. Added to the mix on the new CD are the superb - and deservedly acclaimed - saxophonist Steve Wilson, as well as the exceptional drummer Mark Dodge. The project, which once again features Pintchik's strong original compositions, as well as three unusual arrangements of well-known standards, packs a rich array of feeling into 56 minutes.

All the extraordinary color and nuances of the two different quartets are captured beautifully using Sony's Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology. "Quartets" was recorded at Sear Sound in Manhattan by engineer A. T. Michael MacDonald, using a Genex 9000 DSD recorder. The stereo mix was created at Sony Studios in Manhattan using a Sony Sonoma workstation. The multi-channel mix and mastering for both the stereo and multi-channel mixes was done at Ambient Recording Studios in Connecticut by A. T. Michael MacDonald, with Mark Conese.

"... [Quartets] is a joyous, sparkling collection that is rich with graceful swing, surprising harmonic turns and phrasing, stellar technique, and drop-dead gorgeous melodies."
— Coda Magazine (review of "Quartets" by Joseph Blake)

"[Quartets has] the impeccably consistent wrap of surround sound for music done right. The sound only matters because the music is strong...Pintchik is an intelligent, tasteful pianist who has carefully configured a complete, varied, nuanced album...her best attributes are her sensitivity with ballads and her creative reimagining of standards, strengths that often coincide."
— JazzTimes (review of Quartets by Tom Conrad)

"Pianist Leslie Pintchik's playing urges the same kind of reflection in her listeners that she uses to make things sparkle. Just check the reserved but gorgeous version of 'Happy Days Are Here Again' on her new album, 'Quartets'."
— Timeout NY

"...enormous gifts as a composer, arranger and pianist."
—All Music Guide

Compositions by Leslie Pintchik & Scott Hardy published by Pintch Hard Publishing (ASCAP).
The arrangements of Happy Days Are Here Again, Too Close For Comfort and Somewhere/Berimbau were conceived jointly by Leslie Pintchik and Scott Hardy