96kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Concord Jazz CJA 00085 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Well, here’s an album that sets its stall out right from the kick-off, opening with a funky take on Allen Toussaint’s ‘A Mellow Good Time’, showing off both Ross’s thoughtful but expressive drumming and his remarkable vocals. From the off, the music is somewhat raw and live-sounding, not in a brash or brittle sense but just in the way it instantaneously sounds spontaneous and hugely enjoyable. Dropping into the soulful ‘Unspoken’ allows the set to explore the emotion of Ross’s voice, while the excellent band – including Rick Lollar on guitar, Chris Pattishall and Cory Irvin on piano and organ respectively and bass player Barry Stephenson – allows Ross to segue from a torchy ‘Don’t Go To Strangers’ to the smooth groove of ‘Safe In The Arms Of Love’ without missing a beat. It’s a good old-fashioned set in the best possible sense, and great fun, too. AE

Sound Quality: 85%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

Recorded, mixed and mastered at three different studios, this 96kHz rendering has very low noise until the drum/percussion feed appears and it increases by 20-30dB [see Graph]. Track 11 looks as if sampled at 32kHz [black spectrum]. PM