the audio analyst Pierre Sprey and Mapleshade Productions: The Artist and the Artistry
by Greg Weaver
Background To A Journey
My first exposure to Mapleshade products came while I was with the previously mentioned high end audio store in central Pennsylvania in early 1993. One of the first discs I auditioned from this label was a thing called Jazznost. It was the first collaboration of a fine Soviet Union horn section and an outstanding American rhythm section led by pianist Walter Davis, Jr., and was recorded by Pierre Sprey and Mapleshade in May of 1989.
On The Road Again...
The day chosen for the first of my several visits came on a glorious day in early February with the sun shining and the temperature in the high 50's. The trip itself was relaxing and calming, with Mapleshade recordings in the Clarion in-dash player the entire way! Research, you know? It took just slightly over an hour to make the journey as it is barely sixty miles from my home in southern Maryland.