Jacob Young Et Al : Forever Young


96kHz/24-bit FLAC, ECM 2366 376 8896 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

See what they did with the album name? Hmmm – but obvious title aside, this is a striking set, combining the talents of guitarist Young with the piano of Marcin Wasilewski (whose trio also contributes bass and drums) and saxophonist Trygve Seim, to form a quintet clearly locked together and understanding each other’s every move. It works well, from the reflective opener, ‘I Lost My Heart to You’, through to the rather more upbeat ‘Bounce’, for which Young swaps acoustic for electric – and an electric with a lovely hollow-bodied tone – and the changing paces of 1970. The appeal is extended by a typically up close and personal ECM recording, though at times it does seem a little ‘hot’, with a bit too much sax breathiness and cymbal splash. However, it’s always interesting and involving, and the musicianship on offer here is peerless. AE

Sound Quality: 90%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

This is a 96kHz recording but not without its problems – the sax, guitar and piano are all accompanied by a level of spuriae (between 30-40kHz) that varies according to the mix of each track. This is atypical of the ECM label in general. PM