I've been giving my two 4412's a robust workout today, and it rarely ceases to amaze me and a few appreciative fellow listeners as to how great the "state of the art" in high quality recording art/tech had been achieved by 1966. (For example, the craft of EMI Capitol in Hollywood, Ca.)
Did they use JBL'S for production at that time?
And just as amazing is the ability of these 26 year old, cosmetically beat to heck and well-travelled JBL'S to reproduce such music well.
Ok, H.R. is the late, great "renaissance man of guitar", Howard Roberts. The "Big Now" was his take on being in the moment, musically.
The workout LP (CD) was H.R.'s "Whatever's Fair", I think ca.1966, and imho an outstanding musical and sonic work.
The old monitors really deliver on high*-dynamics, clean "Jazz" like this one. What really struck me on this listening is how the mid and hi-freq drivers are able to (perhaps just barely) handle and deliver the very punchy and sometimes edgy (the "dirty Hammond tone") of the Hammond organ. It sounds like the microphones were not more than several inches from the Leslie speaker cabinets, replete with rotating 375 drivers / horn assemblies. These were quite often cranked and very, very punchy on this album.
I know it would be more thrilling played through the 4333's that I blew the opportunity to have.
Anyhow, it was inspiring to get the music/recorded quality/positive end-user results. Good Fi helps keep great music great.
I think a lot of you cats can really dig this music.
Some albums with H.R. as leader, and some of his known session work on records, film and T.V., possibly nearly 10,000 credits. But documenting them can take some research, since session musician credits could get "lost in the funk" of the ways of the music industry as it was... back in the "Big Then".
Best, Rich P