Jared Sacks – founder, producer and engineer of Channel Classics – recorded and mastered the albums below. He founded the jazz label Just Listen Records together with his son Jonas Sacks in 2015, who produces the recordings.
Recorded in the highest resolution audio possible today – DSD 256 – the artists get to record each track a few times. This creates a concert-like performance in the recording studio, all about playing together and balancing the sound on set. The artists choose the best take of each track and the resulting audio files are not ‘fussed with’ afterwards: no editing, no mixing, just the music as it was played at the time – both artistically and sonically.
Just Listen is run by the NativeDSD.com team (and thus the Channel Classics team) and started in 2015 with the first release of ‘8 Ensembles in 1 bit’ – giving 8 groups of artist the chance to discover the DSD recording technique by giving them carte blanche regarding the repertoire. The projects that were recorded after that all use the same angle of approach. You will find yourself amid the musicians, beautifully balanced.
Currently Just Listen is preparing the release of more music with the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio featuring Hossein Alizâdeh, and new music with the Harmen Fraanje Trio as well as an album with Laura Polence.
More recently recorded music is coming from the trio Corsen, Berry and Rojer. And at least 5 more recording sessions are in the diary for 2019.
Can you get any closer to the original artistic and sound quality? “Just Listen”!
Compare it to a concert listening experience and judge for yourself.