Originally Posted by WNBC
Early impressions is that it is an excellent recording. I broke down and bought the Amazon MP3 album but maybe the CD would have been the way to go. Or it is the actual recording itself. The placement of the mics doesn't sound right to me. Sounds a bit distant. The album sounds flat to me, no fault of the artists. It is a live recording which often doesn't lead to great releases though the musicianship is fantastic.
Glad you decided to pick this one up!! I have the CD and have been listening through an Audinst DAC/AMP and my Sennheiser HD600s - that being said, I don't think it's the mics, but it might be. It seems to me that at times the musicians are turning to the side or moving with their backs to the mics/audience. You definitely get the the feeling of a live recording. As far as distant/flat, I personally don't get that, but the Sennheiser's tend to put you right on stage (or in this case in the front two rows). Those are just my impressions.
I know I've already mentioned it, but it's worth repeating - the trumpet & sax playing are full of emotion and soul throughout. I couldn't decided what was more impressive - those two artists or the compositions by Avital. I also really enjoy Jason Linder's work on piano.
Anyway, glad you are enjoying it so far!!! Hope you're off to a happy 2012