The drum-led trio creates a live sound, bright and open, in a chord-less configuration consisting of drums, bass, and alto sax. The stripped-down sound creates an purity and rawness that pulls the listener straight into the music, loose and fun and in-control, with soaring, bebop saxophone fluidly soaring over the solid double-bass and drum foundation.
The players are confident as experienced musicians who know each other well, grooving and swinging with playful quotes and spontaneous interplay spicing up their collaboration.
The album has six standards including Thelonious Monk’s “Four In One” and Charlie Parker’s “Ah-Leu-Cha”, with one short drum improvisation interlude. This is pure jazz played with a relaxed feeling, evoking an experience like being invited to a high-quality jazz session in a cozy jazz bar.
Leader: Dairiki Hara · 原大力 · http://www.haradairiki.com/
- Dairiki Hara – drums
- Atsushi Ikeda – alto sax
- Yasushi Yoneki – bass
Released in 2009 on Anturtle Tune as ANTX-4004.
Here is the Dairiki Hara Trio live in Tokyo in 2009:
* Audio sample at top of page from the opening track of the album, “Four In One”.