96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; ECM Records 670 5850 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
OK, so it’s an ECM recording, and that already sets expectations of sound quality – richly realised in this set by Danish guitarist Bro, who combines an effortless command of his instrument with superb support from the other musicians here, and isn’t averse to throwing in some studio trickery when required. You could be forgiven for thinking Bro was nothing more than a band member from the opening track, ‘Oktober’. Here trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg evokes Miles Davis with his haunting playing, but the band, which also includes drummer Jon Christensen and bassist Thomas Morgan – who duet winningly on the opening of ‘View’ – is both tightly-knit and fully able to improvise, as the performers indulge to their advantage. That’s much in evidence on the title track, complete with delay effects to make things even odder, and reinforce the album’s fascination, which is as captivating as it is unusual. AE
Sound Quality: 90%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Superb use of the available dynamic range here, particularly in the percussion and drums throughout track 4 (‘View’) and the trumpet in track 2/3 [see Graph] but – not for the first time with ECM – clear evidence of spuriae, here at ~30kHz. PM
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