Deep deep sounds from this hip Japanese drummer – a set that features a fusion-styled mix of keyboards and sax, but one
that comes across with a gentle feel that's light years from conventional fusion! The balance is perfect throughout – kind of a spacey, soulful vibe – stretching out beautifully, yet never getting overindulgent – no jamming modes at all, and really a great ear for the space between the notes that keeps the whole thing on a open-handed level. One
track goes slightly out, but in a way that balances the others
nicely – and players include Tomoki Takahasi on tenor and soprano sax and Toshiyuki Daitoku on keyboards. Titles include "June Rain", "Burning Cloud
", "Moki", "Racco", and "Cum Cum".
(Part of the excellent Deep Jazz Reality series – excellent Japanese pressing, with obi!)