Acoustic Sounds
By: Tracking Angle

November 3rd, 2023



'Rufus Reid Presents Caelan Cardello' Out Now!

...and selling faster than expected!

It’s official: Rufus Reid Presents Caelan Cardello is out today via the newly established Liam Records! Executive produced by Tracking Angle editor Michael Fremer and co-produced by Robyatt Audio's Robin Wyatt, this album captures the exciting duo of Rufus Reid and Caelan Cardello performing live at the Klavierhaus, New York City. It’s available at Acoustic Sounds, Music Direct, Elusive Disc, and Michael 45 (also seemingly available at iMusic and Disk Union). CDs are available from Caelan Cardello's website, or at his shows. (at Caelan's link you can watch and listen to him performing with Cecile McLorin Salvant, please do and be wowed).

We’ve received a few questions about the mastering source and streaming availability. There are no immediate plans for streaming and digital release. Duke Markos recorded and mixed the album at 96kHz/24bit high-resolution digital. Matthew Lutthans at The Mastering Lab cut the LP from a 96/24 master specially prepared for vinyl by Bob Ludwig. It was pressed on 180g vinyl at Quality Record Pressings and packaged in Stoughton tip-on jackets. We believe the LP sounds stupendous, regardless of the source or process. A team of very attentive listeners rigorously checked a rather large run of test pressings (pictured here are three test pressings bearing the original, unused title.

Test pressings

At Capital Audiofest, we will have copies signed by Caelan Cardello himself. The first pressing is limited to 2000 copies, which are selling fast. It’s currently the #1 top-selling 180g LP at Acoustic Sounds! (We've been assured that this sales data cannot be manipulated.) That said, we will repress Rufus Reid Presents Caelan Cardello as necessary. Thanks for all the support so far!

By the way, this is Liam for whom the label is named. He's a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Cardigans and Pembrokes (Queen's dog) are totally unrelated and share no genetic makeup though both breeds were developed independently—one in the north of Wales, one in the south, to herd cows.

Liam, the dog


  • 2023-11-03 04:24:51 PM

    David Millon wrote:

    What genre of music?

    • 2023-11-03 04:39:37 PM

      Malachi Lui wrote:

      jazz! more specifically, cool jazz. on our youtube channel is a preview of the music.

    • 2023-11-03 06:46:10 PM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      • 2023-11-04 08:35:07 AM

        David Millon wrote:

        Thanks, somehow I missed that. Just ordered it!

      • 2023-11-04 08:37:57 AM

        David Millon wrote:

        Watch your sleeve when cueing that SAT arm. The other cart and arl looked in peril!

        • 2023-11-04 12:54:24 PM

          Michael Fremer wrote:

          It looks worse than it was....also I didn't get the clamp correctly affixed so the record looks warped. It wasn't. I was....

          • 2023-11-07 03:36:56 PM

            Louis Gaines wrote:

            Michael Just received and I must say this is awesome. Congrats

  • 2023-11-08 03:10:28 PM

    Alan de Vries wrote:

    Received mine yesterday. What a treat. Just beautiful music and surprisingly good presentation. Am going to see the two of them at Dizzy's at JALC on the 20th. Thank you Robin and Mikey.

    • 2023-11-12 12:22:39 PM

      David Millon wrote:

      Spun my copy this morning. Perfect beginning to a lovely Sunday! Link below:

  • 2023-11-13 09:19:55 AM

    Scott Stableford wrote:

    Grabbed my copy at Capital Audiofest after Michael Fremer was kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time (and take the obligatory pic with me).

    The pressing is everything you have read about it! Very quiet surface. The Bass solo towards the end of “If You Could See Me Now” demonstrates this perfectly. Caelan’s piano is lively while still remaining clear and precise. I highly recommend you put this title at the top of your list before it sells out.

    Congratulations Michael on producing an excellent LP.

  • 2023-11-17 08:53:53 PM

    Don wrote:

    Got the CD in the mail today directly from Caelan. Wow, one of those rare occurrences of audiophile soynd snd great music. Thanks so much for making this available.

  • 2023-11-30 12:31:16 PM

    Owen Davies wrote:

    Just received my vinyl copy and am blown away with the music and also how it sounds. Thanks Michael