88.2kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Mack Avenue Records MAC1127 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
The look of this album is straight down the line, with an uncompromising shot of Tia Fuller staring down the camera, and that kind of prepares you for the sound of this set by the saxophonist/bandleader/college professor. From Beyoncé’s band to her full-time academic gig, Fuller still finds the opportunity to make her own music, and does so here with a sparkling array of supporting musicians. Some tracks find her backed by Dave Holland on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums, others with James Genus and Bill Stewart filling those respective roles. The sound is crisp and clean, and puts Fuller’s instrument centre stage with a detailed view of its tonality. Yes, the opening brio of ‘In The Trenches’ may initially seem to flag into more easy-listening territory, but the pace – and inventiveness – soon pick up again, making this a great listen. AE
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
Ultrasonic noise varies from track to track but is typically higher than average [see Graph] while there’s evidence of 44.1kHz content on trk 12. Recording level is also high and there are signs of downstream limiting/distortion. PM
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