Hikari Ichihara’s fifth album Move On features the trumpeter’s quintet performing finely-tuned compositions with jazz integrity and a vibrant sound full of sparkling energy. The tracks range from knife-edge-sharp modern jazz, bouncy swing, wistful ballads, and rapid-fire, straight-ahead jazz. Also included is a single jazz standard, a fresh interpretation of “Everything Happens To Me”, delivered here with a relaxed, feel-good groove.
The quintet consists of strong, like-minded players who play with a polished-yet-intimate feeling, creating a solid framework for the improvisers to gracefully leap and flow over. Ichihara’s trumpet solos are consistently attention-getting, full of impressive decorative swoops and turns, loaded with dramatic soul and a fluid, beautifully organic sound.
Closing brilliantly with pianist Hideaki Hori’s upbeat composition “Inspiration”, this album’s positive energy and satisfying sound will surely have listeners inspired to listen again and again, and also to move on and explore more of Hikari Ichihara’s music.
Leader: Hikari Ichihara · 市原ひかり · http://www.hikari-ichihara.com/
- Hikari Ichihara – trumpet, flugelhorn
- Ryosuke Asai – alto sax
- Hideaki Hori – piano
- Kumpei Nakabayashi – bass
- Masanori Ando – drums
Released in 2010 on After Beat as PCCY-30157.
* Audio file at top of page from “Yamikuro”, the first track on this album.