I don't know about you folks, but it seems like most of my music money lately has been going into the influx of jazz SACDs hitting the market. So I've decided to review them. Why?- because it makes me feel important. My modest equipment: Speakers: B&W 602s in the front, 601s in the rear Receiver amp: NAD T-751 Player- Sony 555ES (my baby) Any requests for jazz SACD reviews are welcome (providing I have the disc, of course). Ok, here's my first one: John Coltrane- Lush Life I bought all of the newly released Fantasy Jazz SACDs, so expect quite a bit about them in this thread, Specs: hybrid stereo SACD recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1957 and 1958 mastering by Joe Tarantino Music: The song Lush Life, a classic ballad by Billy Strayhorn, is the centerpiece of this album. The focus is purely on Coltrane here- this was a chance for 'Trane to strut his stuff coming off a highly fruitful period with Monk and still playing with Miles. The songs are standards and the instrumentation sparse, allowing Coltrane to make or break the album. The first three songs, Like Someone In Love, I Love You, Trane's Solo Blues (the only one written by Coltrane) have only bass and drum accompaniment. Lush Life and I Hear a Rhapsody also have Red Garland playing piano and Lush Life has a solo spot by Donald Byrd. The playing is of course strong, with Trane utilising his many tools and techniques. His ballad playing gets the spot light on a couple of the shorter tunes and is its most lyrical in the title track. Sound: I have the DCC Gold disc, so I compared it to the new SACD and its CD layer. DCC Gold: The "warmest" sounding of the bunch. Very sweet and draws the listener in. Excels on the lower end. SACD layer: the clearest sounding, with the most "space," especially on the brushes and on the trumpet's high end. CD layer: the most brittle and unpleasant of the three, not surprisingly Overall, I prefer the SACD due its clarity and liveliness of sound. However, I'm sure many will stick to the DCC with its signature vinyl-like sound. By the way, I am selling the DCC, so PM me if you're interested. I only like to have on copy of an album.