Fun and buoyant bebop jazz in the style of Oscar Peterson and Phineas Newborn Junior, this is a happy jazz record from a thoroughly swinging piano trio. Professional arrangements performed by highly-skilled musicians (her “New York Trio” backup band joins her on this release) result in a quality jazz album with material ranging from amazing quick-tempo tunes to slower, romantic brush-stroke ballads.
Alongside classic standards from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Billy Strayhorn, and Jimmy Van Heusen, Matsumoto showcases her skill and bebop sense on the Oscar Peterson classic “Place St. Henri”, while spreading softer wings on the graceful “Miss Sunshine” and her original “Quiet Rain”, a touching ballad which closes the album.
Leader: Akane Matsumoto · 松本茜 · http://akanejazz.com
- Akane Matsumoto (piano)
- Peter Washington (bass)
- Gene Jackson (drums)
Released 2017 on Concept Record CR07.
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* Audio sample at top of page from “Night and Day”, the opening track on this album.