Holly Cole Trio : Girl Talk


88.2kHz/24-bit FLAC DSD64*, 2xHD (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

The trio’s first full-length album from 1990 is delightfully presented despite the sampling issues (below), whether Cole’s preparatory throat-clearing on opener ‘My Foolish Heart’ or the fine ‘live to two-track’ mix which leaves Ms Cole’s vocal thrillingly tactile, warmed by only the lightest of reverb. Her team is terrific – it takes confidence to barrel-bang the keys as Aaron Davis does on ‘Girl Talk’ and to vamp so sympathetically as on ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ (this immediacy is well worth the occasional fluff and vocal pop). And on the slower numbers his softly recorded piano augmentations slide into synchronicity with David Piltch on bass, whose own spotlight comes when slam-dunking the dem-room delight of ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ and giving good wood for Smokey Robinson’s ‘Cruisin’’, with a sax solo from John Johnson. A tight trio tackled with integrity. JF

Sound Quality: 80%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

While the sample ‘packets’ are certainly at 88.2kHz the spectrum indicates that this recording was downsampled from SACD (or a DSD file) that was, in turn, produced by upsampling a 44.1kHz CD file to DSD. Stick with the CD! PM