Hope Robert Len
- 1Good Morning Heartache03:44
- 2Rainy Night in Georgia04:55
- 3Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)03:26
- 4God Was in the Water03:23
- 5When We Dance04:03
- 6Let's Stay Together04:29
- 7Earth Song03:40
- 9The Levee Broke03:25
- 10Hang On03:27
Info for Hope
In ‘Hope’ Robert Len and producer André Perry’s musical approach provides an admirable example of Count Basie’s motto “Less is more”. Composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Len continues to explore the universe of sound, after having integrated world music in his first album ‘Messager- Messenger’, following with jazz and pop in ‘Fragile’. Now, with exceptional talent and artistic finesse he delivers a new album ‘Hope’ in which each musical element selected is totally essential. In ‘Hope’ everything has its place; the intelligence of producer Perry’s production style is palpable. Len and Perry succeeded in creating an extraordinary acoustic balance in which the exclusion of one small component could compromise an arrangement’s effective- ness – just as the addition of one ingredient could weigh it down.
Len’s inclusive musical approach integrates Classical elements with Jazz, Pop, World Music and New Age, fusing them in such manner that one hears only one thing; MUSIC. Moreover, his knowledge of musical rules reinforces the album’s unique blend. Robert juggles with his instruments’ colors, artfully amusing himself with a play of timbre, harmony and melody. It is there- fore not surprising that listening to his music transforming itself so spontaneously and playfully is such a joy.
In ‘Hope’, more so than in his previous albums, Robert Len is inspired by Jazz, more precisely by Cool Jazz. During the short period in American jazz (1949-1955), arrangers/musicians were at the forefront due to their careful scoring, their subtle harmonization and their sophisticated arrangements.
In the constant evolution of its propriety mastering process, 2xHD has progressed to a new phase called 2xHD FUSION, integrating the finest analog, with state-of-the-art digital technology.
Robert Len, Flugelhorn, flutes guitars, electronics, percussion
Carole Meneghel, vocals
The mastering chain consists of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment. In the case of analog masters, the master tapes are played using a Nagra-T tape recorder, modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired from the playback head directly to a Telefunken EF806 tube, using OCC silver cable. The Nagra T, with its four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head, has one of the best transports ever made. A custom-built carbon fiber head block and a head damping electronic system permit 2xHD FUSION to obtain a better resolution and 3D imaging.
If the master is digital, a chain consisting of a selection of high-end vacuum tube equipment is used, which includes a modified vacuum tube NAGRA HD dac (DSD) making it possible to obtain a real analog sound from a digital master. The 2xHD FUSION mastering system is powered by a super capacitor power supply using a new technology that lowers the digital noise found in the lowest level of the spectrum, something that was not possible before.
In both cases, the resulting signal is then transformed into high resolution formats by recording it in DSD11.2kHz, using Merging Technologies’ Horus A to D converter, which is also powered by a super capacitor power supply. All analog and digital cables are the most state of the art available today. The process permits the fusion of the warmth of analog with the refinement of digital. Finally, the vacuum tube NAGRA HD dac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter in order to A and B with the original analog or digital master.
2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme.
Veteran of the Montreal International Jazz and the Toronto Jazz Festivals in which he participated many times over the years with several bands, multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and arranger Robert Len has also played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano’ s direction and with the Montreal’s Metropolitan Symphony under Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
Coming from a musical family, Robert’s passion for music dates from age 9 when he joined his family group, frequently playing in various community halls and gatherings. He obtained a master degree in trumpet, and developed a passion for multi-ethnic instruments, particularly for countless flutes and percussions. His constant thirst and love of music made him also master the guitars keyboards and percussions.
Robert has travelled greatly and is accomplished in all styles of music.