96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; ACT Music ACT 9847-2 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
For two decades, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft’s It’s Snowing On My Piano has been a sort of alt-Christmas favourite, conjuring up impressions of winter without getting into all the ‘jolly holidays’ clichés. The title of this set might suggest it’s more of the same – even the label categorises it as ‘Piano Jazz, Norwegian Jazz, Christmas Jazz’ – but there’s rather more to Everybody Loves Angels, although there is the same kind of ethereal quality to Wessletoft’s playing. From a Bach chorale to ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, Hendrix’s ‘Angel’ and Mick and Keef’s ‘Angie’, this set just about epitomises the term ‘lightness of touch’, and is blessed with a quality of recording on a par with Benny Andersson’s Piano, meaning it’s of a similar demonstration quality. Not everyone will be sold on the slightly ‘easy listening’ sound here, but it simply drips skill and care. AE
Sound Quality: 85%
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Comparing this (Steinway) piano with Andersson’s is instructive, for however it was recorded in Norway’s LofotKatedralen, the mastering at Holland Sound is pure analogue – note the increased noise. Super clean, still. PM
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