Almost perfect. Wow.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
by Brian VanPelt
I'll try to contain the hyperbole. On the entire album, I heard 2 light clicks - other than that, dead black silence. The instruments were as lifelike as anything I've ever heard. The detail and resolution were astonishing. You could hear even the lightest cymbal tap. The sax's and horns are shocking when they first come on. No tape distortion at all.
Generally speaking, there was a sax and bass on the left, and on the right you had the piano, drums and either a sax or a horn. Each instrument was clearly defined in its space. There really wasn't any center fill at all. The last tune featured a freaky gimmick wherein the horn on the right side went from ground level to the rafters, and then back down again. When he's up in the rafters, you definitely need to be in the sweet spot to enjoy.
I want to make special note to the drums. The way this guy pounds on the drums could be visceral and jarring if need be - nowhere have I heard a drum so potent. This record is cut hot. 5+