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Alt Tal Open The Gates! + The Conduit Trio Beyond Liquid Glass + The Jeff Presslaff Trio Red Goddess (Independent Jazz CDs)

 

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Three albums of Jazz than showcase mostly instrumental performances came our way recently and they speak of three different approaches to making such material today. Alt Tal Open The Gates! is an outright jazz album with great playing, tricky time signatures and no pretense to anything. The trio of David Alt, Kenny Annis and Andrew Ryan really deliver an intense 11-track work here that features all new material and it is one of the best new Jazz albums we have heard in a while.

 

The Conduit Trio Beyond Liquid Glass takes the urban laid-back approach with mixed results from its ambitious, but uneven 16 tracks that did not usually stick with me. The Jeff Presslaff Trio Red Goddess album was also uneven, but at only 10 tracks. The spiritual theme never worked for me and though not a concept album, felt like it wanted to be one but would not try. Serious jazz fans will want to hear all three, but I would only recommend Open The Gates! beyond that genre audience.

 

The PCM 16/44.1 2.0 Stereo on all three titles are not bad, but subtle differences make for noticeable ones in playback. Gates is the most sonically able, with clarity, articulation and consistency that the other two lack. It has very little compression and is a step above the others, which are compressed sounding.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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