96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; ECM 578 6976 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Piano-trio jazz doesn’t get much more perfect than this, both in terms of performance and recording – the latter particularly special, even by the high standards of the always-reliable ECM label. With bassist Anders Jormin, who has worked with Stenson for more than 30 years and is credited with more than half of the compositions here, and superb percussionist Jon Fält, Stenson’s trio is the same last heard on 2012’s Indicum. Here they kick off with the track that gives the album its title, ‘Contra La Indecisión’, written by Cuban guitarist Silvio Rodríguez. And it’s instantly clear what’s on offer: close-recorded, delicate piano, weighty yet subtle bass and gloriously detailed work on skins and cymbals – I urge you to listen to their driving, rhythmic exploration of Erik Satie’s ‘Élégie’, which is totally delicious. This album is never less than totally accomplished, on every possible level. AE
Sound Quality: 90%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
With so much rock/pop/blues material being recorded into the endstops, it’s a blessed relief to discover a contemporary jazz trio that makes almost perfect use of the available dynamic range. Recorded at 96kHz, peaks rarely exceed –6dBFs. PM
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