96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Edition Records EDN1075 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Sometimes things come together to create something special, and that’s definitely the case with this set by Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, perhaps better known as part of jazz power-trio Phronesis. In that set-up Høiby is part of the engine-room; here he’s given the chance to spread his wings rather more as performer and composer, not only showing just what a fine bassist he is but also writing tunes both intriguing and entirely catchy. Placing himself at the heart of a quintet comprising the trumpet of Laura Jurd and saxophonist Mark Lockheart, with fine work by Will Barry on piano and Corrie Dick wielding the sticks, Høiby never falls into the bass-player’s trap of putting himself out in front. This is an ensemble set, superbly recorded and with real impact and insight to underpin its fine musicianship. Catchy, lyrical and always approachable, this is a quite remarkable album. AE
Sound Quality: 90%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Here’s a recording made at an entirely appropriate sample rate (96kHz perfectly captures the ~30kHz bandwidth of sax and trumpet) while never peaking at the limit of the available and very wide 24-bit dynamic range. It’s a good ’un. PM
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