Max Roach Lonesome Lover (1962)
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.