Like the expansive cover depicting a peaceful blue ocean and sky, jazz bassist Daiki Yasukagawa’s trio on Kanmai creates a mood of a rolling deep and lofty grace.

The album includes nine modern jazz tunes, most being original compositions from Yasukagawa, and one each from pianist Sato and drummer Hashimoto. Two standards are also included, a swingy, stylish “Long Ago And Far Away”, and a bowed-bass feature on “Greensleeves”, a delicate, sacred performance heavy with emotional weight.

Opening with atmospheric space, unhurried and patient, the modern sound develops with a fun looseness based on confidence and skill; the music soars and swings with thrilling percussive, melodic, and bass interplay. These players bring a lot to the performance, listening and responding to each other throughout, reacting and embellishing each other’s ideas and open spaces with exquisite taste.

Kanmai by Daiki Yasukagawa Trio

Released in 2012 on D-Neo Daiki Musica as DNCD-01.

Japanese Names: Daiki Yasukagawa 安ヵ川大樹 Koichi Sato 佐藤浩一 Manabu Hashimoto 橋本学



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Other links: Excerpt from "Long Ago And Far Away", the second track on this album:

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Aug 24, 2019