88.2kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Bonsaï/Nardis Music 798576509828 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
What’s not to like? An album of songs by the great Michael Franks by drummer turned all-round Jazz Good Thing Leo Sidran, son of Ben. Opening with a slick, funky take on ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’, Cool School is much more than a covers or tribute album, rather giving a fresh perspective on some superb songwriting, clever lyrics and irreverent humour. Clearly an officially sanctioned project – Franks himself turns up as guest vocalist on the title track – the set benefits from fine musicianship throughout, with a lengthy list of contributors despite the fact that Sidran himself sings both lead and backing, plays drums, guitars and bass and a range of keyboards. Oh, and vibraphone, just for good measure. Yes, this is one of those ‘levels up, dynamic range down’ exercises, but the quality of the performances means the overall affect is slickly enjoyable. AE
Sound Quality: 75%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Every track on this album is recorded super-hot and most show aliasing artefacts along with high levels of (analogue) noise, but there are evidently two sessions here – trks 1, 3, 5, 9 being filtered ~30kHz [black trace, above]. PM
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