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by Raimonds Pauls / Latvian Radio Big Band

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Jazz suites composed in the 1960s by pianist and composer Raimonds Pauls, re-arranged by Kārlis Vanags and newly recorded by the Maestro in 2021, together with the Latvian Radio Big band at the legendary Latvian Radio Studio.

The intial recordings for this album were made by using a vintage valve-based 1/4" 2-track Studer C37 tape recorder, which is considered to be the legend of the Studer professional studio recorder line. It was first released in 1960, and for the next 10 years remained as the main protagonist of many of the most famous album recordings of all time.

The Studer C37 used in this recording came from the legendary Riga Recording Studio, where the Soviet era label Melodiya (Мелодия) made recordings from the 1960s to the 1970s, and has been fully restored and carefully maintained by Mārtiņš Saulespurēns.

This album was recorded live direct to analog tape without any editing or overdubbing.


released January 14, 2022

Raimonds Pauls - Piano
Kārlis Vanags - Conductor, Big Band Leader

Dāvis Jurka - Alto Sax, Flute, Piccolo, Section Lead
Jānis Puķītis - Alto Sax, Flute
Kārlis Vanags - Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Māris Jēkabsons - Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Kristaps Lubovs - Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet

Andris Augstkalns - Trumpet, Section Lead
Gatis Gorkuša - Trumpet
Oskars Ozoliņš - Trumpet
Reinis Puriņš - Trumpet

Laura Rozenberga - Trombone, Section Lead
Vadims Dmitrijevs - Trombone
Uldis Ziediņš - Trombone
Kārlis Alfrēds Feldbergs - Bass Trombone

Viktors Ritovs - Hammond organ
Rihards Goba - Guitar
Edvīns Ozols - Double Bass
Artis Orubs - Drums


Miķelis Dzenuška - Vibraphone

All music composed by Raimonds Pauls.
All music arranged by Kārlis Vanags, except A1- arranged by Vitaly Dolgov, instrumentation by Kārlis Vanags.
Recorded on January 19.-20.2021. at Latvian Radio Studio, Riga, Latvia.
Recording Engineer: Gustavs Ērenpreiss
Assistant Recording Engineers: Augustīns Delle, Mārtiņš Krastiņš.
Tapes prepared for vinyl release by Mārtiņš Krastiņš.
Digital Mastering at HELI media. Mastering Engineer: Mārtiņš Krastiņš
Produced by Mareks Ameriks.
Photo: Oskars Upenieks
Sleeve Design: Edgars Ameriks.

(P) & (C) Jersika Records 2022



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Jersika Records is an independent jazz and improvised music record label founded by Mareks Ameriks in Riga, Latvia, in 2017. Most of recordings on Jersika Records are made completely analogue – recorded live reel-to-reel to tape and cut directly to lacquer, but even those that went through digital domain are carefully mastered to preserve the warmth of the sound. ... more

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