96kHz/24-bit FLAC, Pirouet PIT3077 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Often recording as ‘The Larry Goldings Trio’ this longstanding collective of American jazz virtuosi Larry Goldings (keyboards), Peter Bernstein (guitar) and Bill Stewart (drums) cover all manner of musical moods in their latest collaboration Ramshackle Serenade, from the rubato rumination of the album’s title track to the Brazilian-flavoured ‘Luiza’, interspersed with a smattering of blues, swing and soulful grooving to keep listeners enthralled throughout. The seductively rich textures and colourful tones of Goldings’ Hammond B3 organ (so reminiscent of the sounds favoured by Focus’s frontman Thijs Van Leer) have been captured exquisitely by this impressively dynamic recording released on the German label. The musicians really do sound like they’re playing together in a believable space, spread across a wide soundstage. Great stuff! JB
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Much of the ultrasonic energy arising from this digital recording is associated with the gentle percussion [as in track 8, above] but could also be a product of distortion from downstream limiters. The dynamic range is still very good. PM
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