DSD64; 192kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Resonance Records HCD-2019 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Undiscovered for almost 50 years, this recording is as remarkable for its sound as its provenance. In fact it’s the only studio recording made by the short-lived trio of Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette, and was recorded just a few days after the well-known live set was captured at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival. German jazz producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer took the trio into his studio in Villingen, in the Black Forest (hence the subtitle, The Lost Session From The Black Forest), and this set was recorded between tour dates. However, contractual matters at the time stopped the set being released, and nothing happened until the tapes were re-discovered in 2013. It was a fortunate find: this set is superb on every level, from the performance of three musicians very much on their game to scintillating recording quality, and it really shines in both DSD64 and hi-res FLAC. AE

Sound Quality: 90%

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Although this download is available in 96kHz and 192kHz FLAC derivatives, as the original 0.25in analogue tape was transferred to digital as DSD64 by the engineers at 2xHD then this is the ‘authentic’ version. PM