Listened to Art Pepper + Eleven last night. My first exposure to the album, so I have no other versions to compare it to. But it sounded pretty good to me. The music is lots of Parker and Miles tunes and the "eleven" in the titles refers to the big band on it. The tunes get Pepper's signature elegant stamp on it. It's nice to see him taking on some of my favorite material with a grand arrangement. On 'Round Midnight, though, I wouldn't have minded if the orchestra would shut up and let Art play. Other than that, the band is integrated real well in the arrangements, playing tight sometimes quick lines and not always the traditional drone or lush filler sound. If not for SACD, I probably would have never gotten into Pepper having unfairly dismissed him as "west coast." I also got Rollins' Tenor Madness and Kelly Blue (Wynton Kelly Trio). Will try to listen to them ASAP. Along with Relaxin', my sis got them for me at Tower. I'm still dying to hear the Burrell/Coltrane disc, Shaft, and most especially the Quintet. Will be visiting Red Trumpet today... Other SACDs I got: Anne-Sophie Mutter- Beethoven concerto and romances The Beethoven violin concerti are great pieces in the hands of a competent soloist and this is the concerto I'm most familiar with. I need to listen to it a few more times to absorb her version- on first listen, it's nicely played if a bit romanticised. Sam Cooke- live at the Coppa (haven't listened to it yet) Ritche Valens- a fun listen, but I don't really see much benefit from the SACD here, but then I haven't done a direct comparison between the two layers. Junior Wells- Come On in This House The blues harp legend with guest slide guitarists on a more-acoustic-than-usual-for-him date. Musically great but not earth-shattering in the sound department. Actually, Telarc never seems to really disappoint or impress me. In the SACD department they're... adequate.