Max Roach Lone­some Lover (1962)

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Test Your Speakers -

To test tre­ble qual­ity Jazz stunt-drum­mer Roach is band­leader here, and his im­pec­ca­ble hi-hat and ride cym­bal play­ing is a de­cent test of tre­ble fi­delity in it­self. But it’s sax­o­phon­ist Clif­ford Jor­dan’s stri­dent play­ing that sep­a­rates the high-fre­quency men from the boys. His squeals and flur­ries of up­per-reg­is­ter notes need to shine, but not spill into grat­ing sharp­ness. While he tests your tweet­ers’ abil­ity to con­trol a note and still re­tain its grit and at­tack, singer Abby Lin­coln and the massed cho­rus weigh in with some high­fre­quency fi­delity ex­am­i­na­tion of their own.

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