Taihei Asakawa’s beautiful Touch of Winter from 2013 is a contemplative jazz album rooted in calm emotion: Memory, melancholy, and rebirth combine to paint stimulating music on a pure white winter tableau.

The 10 original songs on this album unfold in the emotion-heavy Brad Mehldau vein of modern piano trio jazz. Patient, somber ballads lie alongside straight-ahead compositions thick with melodic effusions, traces of classical influence, and bluesy suggestions as well.

This album also includes free moments which leave the musical structure open compositionally, allowing the trio to slowly create mysterious, sensitive soundscapes, searching and reaching for expression. At times somber and wistful (with the recent death of the pianist’s father being cited as an influence on the music), there is also grace and forward-momentum on this trio’s journey through this comforting, introspective music.

Touch of Winter by Taihei Asakawa Trio

Released in 2013 on D-musica Daiki Musica as DMCD-26.

Japanese Names: Taihei Asakawa 浅川太平 Daiki Yasukagawa 安ヵ川大樹 Ryo Noritake 則武諒

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Oct 1, 2018 (Updated Dec 13, 2021)