Octave Records releases Live at Nocturne II by the Tom Amend Trio


Press release | Octave Records is proud to release Live at Nocturne II by the Tom Amend Trio, capturing the band in stunning DSD 256 high-resolution audio at the legendary Denver, Colorado jazz club. The trio, featuring Tom Amend on acoustic and electric piano, Matt Smiley on acoustic bass, and Dru Heller on drums, play a spirited set of original and post-modern jazz tunes. Tom performs extensively as a leader and sideman, and has worked with Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman and many others.

The Nocturne’s stage, room, and acoustics are ideal for jazz, and the superb recording quality of Live at Nocturne II, available on hybrid SACD and download, brings listeners right into the performance. The sound is remarkably dynamic and present, from the most delicate cymbal strokes to the nuanced touch of Tom’s piano playing and the articulation and depth of Dru’s acoustic bass. As Octave Records Executive Producer Jessica Carson noted, “If you aren't able to see the Tom Amend Trio in-person, this album will bring the show to you. The realism is everything you could hope for in a live recording.”


Tom Amend Trio - Live at Nocturne II
Live at Nocturne II was recorded in Pure DSD 256 using the Pyramix workstation to capture all the musical textures of the trio, with the instruments arranged on an intimate soundstage, creating a deep connection to the music. The album was recorded and mixed by Paul McGowan with Terri McGowan assisting, and mastered by Gus Skinas.
The album features Octave’s premium gold disc formulation, and the disc is playable on any SACD, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. It also has a high-resolution DSD layer that is accessible by using any SACD player or a PS Audio SACD transport. In addition, the master DSD and PCM files are available for purchase and download, including DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64, and DSDDirect Mastered 352.8 kHz/24-bit, 176.2 kHz/24-bit, 88.2 kHz/24-bit, and 44.1 kHz/24-bit PCM. SRP: 19-39 USD, depending on format.

About Octave Records
Octave Records was founded in 2019 to offer the finest-quality high-resolution recordings and compensate musicians fairly for their work using a business model where all production costs are paid for up front, allowing the musicians to directly share in sales revenues and retain ownership of their music. Chief engineer Gus Skinas has hundreds of recording credits and helped develop the state-of-the-art Sonoma pure-DSD recording system used exclusively by Octave Records.

About PS Audio
Founded in 1973, PS Audio has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in manufacturing innovative, high-value, leading-edge audio products. Located in Boulder, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, PS Audio’s staff of talented designers, engineers, production and support people build each product to deliver extraordinary performance and musical satisfaction. The company’s wide range of award-winning products include the all-in-one Sprout100 integrated amplifier, audio components, power regenerators and power conditioners.


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