Saturday, February 12, 2022
by Brian VanPelt
I didn't detect any tape hiss, and all of the instruments sound lively and vivid. The recording is excellent.
When Hank Mobley solos alone, I can detect a slight echo to his sax - he appears on the left. The piano is in the middle and the drums are on the left. Each instrument is loud enough to hear clearly, but not so loud as to drown out the others.
I have the Classic Vinyl Reissue of this same album, and I like this quite a bit better. The vinyl version features some tape distortion when Mobley hits loud high notes; while this SACD features no distortion at all. Not only that, this SACD sounds transparent to the analog source. The sound is very focused and sharp. There are times when you can hear Mobley yelp as he's getting into the music.
The soundstage stretches from the left speaker to the right speaker, and it feels like the piano is placed further back, but in the middle.
This is just fantastic. I give it a 5+.