96kHz/24-bit FLAC, Decca Classics 478 8053 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Coming to this one hot on the heels of the Craig Armstrong's It's Nearly Tomorrow, it might be tempting to think ‘Not another album of film music’, but though German-born saxophonist Jason Seizer has created an album drawing on music from some celebrated movies, he combines with his band – Pablo Held on piano, Matthias Pichler on bass and drummer Fabian Arends – to come up with a set that’s both smooth of sound and perfect for a little late-night listening. Not surprisingly Seizer’s breathy sax is to the fore, underpinned by delicate playing from his fellow musicians, with plenty of brushwork and cymbals in the percussion department, a rich, warm bass and every touch of the piano crystal-clear. It’s not the most challenging jazz album you’ve ever heard, but the musicianship is beyond question, and the recorded sound serves the performers well. AE
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Digitally recorded and mastered, this 96kHz rendering offers very low levels of white noise (hiss). Nevertheless the excess of ultrasonic energy from sax and percussion suggests some downstream limiting or distortion. PM
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