I just received Fappy's le jazz recordings from 94 and 96, recorded on the pre-War Ribbon Mics using a Pre-war engineer, and here are some excerpts from the liner notes -
"Somehow the rhythm is lost in the perfection of modern sound reproduction which highlights each instrument individually"
(I agree completely)
"The solution was clear - Record as did the quintet (hot club france). So we used a single, retired prewar ribbon mic, with a retired BBC sound engineer to drive it. hung it up in a barn somewhere... and adjusted the mix by moving our chairs. Only then did the monophonic sound with it's flat dynamic range, poor frequency response, and absense of harmonics seem good enough to invite fappy to join us"
And lastly -
"The quality of sound... we found merely to be a biproduct of playing and recording in a style long forgotten by most, and longed for by others."
I would be one of those people who longed for this sound. I'm glad I found it...
Now if only someone would use this same recording technique for a line of play alongs.