96kHz/24-bit FLAC*, In-akustik/Zebralution 0169138 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

There’s an apparently unlikely, but close, relationship between Japan and Brazil, and from this background come the works of Goro Ito. This guitarist, composer, arranger and producer is heavily influenced by João Gilberto, and has performed both solo and as part of the bossa nova duo Naomi+Goro. Here he joins forces with Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum for a programme paying tribute to songwriter/singer Antônio Carlos Jobim, best-known as the writer of ‘Girl From Ipanema’. In a set combining Jobim’s compositions and originals from both performers, they’re joined by Morelenbaum’s wife Paula as vocalist on three tracks, with daughter Dora on one. As you might expect, given the ‘performer as producer’ thing and the Japanese audio tradition, this is a spectacularly well-crafted recording, with every nuance readily audible, and a treat for the listener. AE

Sound Quality: 85%

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This FLAC download will light the 96kHz LED on your DAC and will no doubt be listed as 96kHz/24-bit in other music reviews, but spectral analysis [see graph, above] indicates pretty clearly that it’s a low-pass filtered or downsampled file. PM