96kHz/24-bit, FLAC*; Blue Note Records 675543 1 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
To get the confusing name out of the way first, the name of Robert Glasper’s jazz supergroup stands for ‘reflect and respond now’. But don’t let that kind of high concept put you off: this is a collective of highly-accomplished musicians playing tracks drifting between the ambient soundscape school of thought and more direct jazz styles. That means just when you are sinking into the wash of sound, something emerges to catch the ear, from guest vocalists to hard-hitting acid styles. ‘Awake To You’ is all trippy beats and processed vocals, sliding into the drum-driven ‘By Design’, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on what the album is all about, it’s able to throw you a curveball courtesy of the flexibility of the musicians and guest appearances. All this dense complexity is well-served by a full, rich and punchy sound. AE
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Recorded into the 0dBFs endstops, this ‘avantgarde jazz’ set will have the 96kHz LED pulsing on your DAC but spectral analysis suggests it’s a 48kHz upsample, albeit a clean one! Trks 10 and 11 also show in-band tones [black trace]. PM
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