96kHz/24-bit FLAC, Skip Records LC 10482 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Based in Hamburg, the award-winning Tingvall Trio is a cosmopolitan combo led by Swedish composer/pianist Martin Tingvall, alongside Cuban bass player Omar Rodriguez Calvo and multi-disciplined drummer Jürgen Spiegel, from Bremen. This is the band’s sixth album in eight years, its eclectic jazz style highlighting the trio’s crossover appeal due to an amalgamation of rock, pop and classical influences. Tingvall’s compositions are infectiously melodic, sometimes a little pompous, formulaic even – but regularly downright fun. The trio sounds like it’s enjoying itself and the sound quality is excellent, the drum kit and piano particularly dynamic and vivid. Beat was recorded in the studio run by Italian sound engineer Stefano Amerio, which houses a Fazioli F-278 grand piano: this hi-res recording captures its vibrant timbre quite spectacularly. JB

Sound Quality: 85%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

The Fazioli F-278 grand piano shows an extended ~20kHz reach while the ultrasonic region is occupied by harmonics from the percussion. It’s a fairly clean recording making good use of the 96kHz sample rate. PM