48kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Kscope KSCOPE602 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Any artist who cites his influences as ranging from Stravinsky and Keith Jarrett to ELP has already got my attention, so it was a delight to encounter this album, with its range from classical and jazz to the finest excesses of prog. Kolyadin plays a fine, restrained piano, but isn’t averse to letting rip and ‘going electric’ when he feels the need. While that mix of styles might seem designed to alienate just about everyone, in fact it works, despite some dodgily pompous lyrics sneaking in on occasion – and yes, a synth solo! Kolyadin crowdfunded this album, and it’s clearly a very personal work, so it’s pleasing to report that it sounds very satisfying indeed, with good punch and definition, and plenty of dynamic range and detail despite the levels being pushed a bit hard. One to try, whether you’re into skilful piano jazz or hankering for the glory days of prog. AE
Sound Quality: 80%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Recorded ‘hot’, if not the white heat of Danielle Nicole’s Cry No More, the limited bandwidth afforded by a 48kHz sample rate is more than sufficient to capture the piano (<8kHz), but brass/percussion would like more breathing room. PM
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