88.2KHZ/24-BIT FLAC, Enja/Yellowbird 9722-2 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Jazz fans craving that spine-tingling sensation of being in the performance space with musicians should look no further than United In The Big Blue, where pianist Tizian Jost is accompanied in these original compositions by bassist Thomas Stabenow and drummer Mario Gonzi. Jost is perhaps best known as a member of the Stephan Holstein Trio and accompanist to saxophonist Till Martin over the years, as well as being a passionate champion for Brazilian music. He was co-leader of the band Domundo during the ’90s. There’s much to admire in the creativity of Jost’s writing, tracks such as the brooding ‘Missing The Right Word’ and intriguing ‘Not An Easy Way To Go’ replete with ingenious juxtapositions in melody, harmony and phrasing. The sound is intimate and full-bodied, exquisitely balanced with lifelike dynamic contrasts throughout. JB

Sound Quality: 80%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

This is another 88.2kHz/24-bit offering [see Ben Van Gelder's Reprise] but one with a spectral profile more in keeping with a native recording at this sample rate. No uncertainties about this one – and dynamics are well preserved too. PM