One of the best club jazz combos we've heard from the Japanese scene to date – a group who's solidly jazz based, but who also hit a range of colors and tones that open up with the rhythms of some of their contemporaries! Native have a sound that comes across cool at first – laidback grooving with some pulsating drum work that sets the stage for freer improvisations on flute, sax, and guitar. Hiroki Shiihara recites a bit on a few tracks – but the real vocal charm of the record comes from the lovely
female singer Tomoka Ito, who adds lyrics to 3 of the album's best tracks. The overall vibe is mostly instrumental, though – and the record does a really great job of keeping things jazzy without pushing the dancefloor side of the rhythms too much – making for a set that's almost equally a jazz record and a club set. Titles include "Circle Of Life", "Move 67", "Blanco", "Boilermaker", "Ever After", "Who Are You", "Asyl", "Fire Works", "Drum'n Go Go", and "Zoo".
(Out of print, includes obi.)