96kHz/24-bit FLAC, ECM 2399/378 0524 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Previously featured in our jazz reviews [here], Last Dance is now available as a 96kHz/24-bit download as well as CD. To recap, back in 2007 pianist Keith Jarret invited bassist Charlie Haden to his Cavelight Studio where they spent four days recording. They’d met up during the making of a film about Haden and these intimate sessions were their first collaborations for 30 years. The result was the 2010 album Jasmine, the ECM label issuing a further collection of tracks for this year’s Last Dance which features the duo’s delightful interpretations of standards such as Monk’s ‘’Round Midnight’ and Cole Porter’s ballad ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’. Also included are alternative takes of ‘Where Can I Go Without You’ and ‘Goodbye’ covered on Jasmine. Said The Guardian’s jazz critic in June: ‘It’s just as good as Jasmine and hopefully not a last dance for this partnership’. But sadly Haden passed away in July. JB
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Recorded in 2014 at 96kHz, the 45kHz+ bandwidth is very generous for a combination of piano and double-bass, as the liveliest track [Graph – Dance of the Infidels] shows little meaningful harmonic content beyond 20kHz. PM
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