96kHz/24-bit FLAC, Concord Records CRE-37220-02 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Take an artist known for her velvety, soulful voice, add in some class musicians and acclaimed producer Larry Klein, who’s worked with the likes of Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot and Joni Mitchell, and you’re probably onto a winner. That’s exactly the case with this, Lizz Wright’s fifth album, mixing a number of self-composed numbers with two covers: a gospelled-up version of the Bee Gees hit ‘To Love Somebody’ and an unnerving take on Nick Drake’s ‘River Man’, accompanied by Till Brönner on flugelhorn. Wright’s classy, expressive vocals are well-served by Klein’s clean production, imbuing the set with a warm, generous sound. Musicians include Dean Parks and Klein on guitars, Pete Kuzma and Kenny Banks on keyboards, Dan Lutz on bass, and Vinnia Colaiuta and Pete Korpula on drums and percussion. This is gorgeous stuff, from start to finish. AE
Sound Quality: 90%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Recorded via a vintage Neve console and Pro Tools HDX system, this 96kHz rendering shows slightly higher levels of noise than might be anticipated from an all-digital set-up, but its dynamic range/compression is sensitively managed. PM
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