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Rock solid SACD and beautiful music
on December 22, 2010
Diana Krall has an absolutely fantastic voice and this SACD recording helps bring that to life at home.
The subtle textures of her singing come through clearly and the soundstage is wide with fair depth. The music is very well engineered and doesn't carry the torch of so many modern recordings that are over-compressed and lifeless. This recording puts Diana right in front of you, centered in the sound and very clear. Other instruments play in different areas in the stage and are all very well represented. With the right equipment this album will bring this performance to life in your home and you can almost touch the instruments yourself as they play.
As for the music itself, this album is the first time I've sat down and done any critical listening to Diana Krall. I find the music to be well produced and open with a natural and laid-back feeling that I expect from a great jazz album. The inclusion of vibraphone on some tracks just adds icing to the, already sweet, cake.
Lyrically this album is clever and engaging with great writing and some excellent imagery.
Overall this album is one you can enjoy listening intently to or playing as you work or accomplish other tasks around the house as it's quality is fantastic and it's also a very pleasant experience musically.
Primary listening: Onkyo TX-NR808 receiver, Pioneer DV610AV-S Player, Polk Audio Monitor 60 Series II speakers
Secondary listening: Yamaha DSP-A3090 receiver, Sunfire Stereo amplifier, Pioneer DV610AV-S Player, Polk Audio Monitor 60 Series II speakers
Additional Listening: McIntosh C220 tube preamp, McIntosh MC275 tube amp, McIntosh MCD301 SACD player, Martin Logan Spire electrostatic speakers