Accomplished pianist Junichiro Ohkuchi leads a trio of solid veterans in the straight-ahead jazz tradition. The trio works well together, demonstrating equal partnership and the careful intercommunication that occurs between professional jazz musicians. Evident throughout is a confident sense of risky looseness, with complete control of timing and notes, each member supporting and energizing one another.
The pianist Ohkuchi contributes three original songs (the opener is a highlight) with other tunes by Andrew Hill, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and others – undoubtedly influences on Ohkuchi’s piano style.
Result: a skilled piano trio having a great time making high-caliber jazz.
Leader: Junichiro Ohkuchi · 大口純一郎 · https://pianistjohkuchi.blogspot.com
- Junichiro Ohkuchi – piano
- Yasushi Yoneki – bass
- Tamaya Honda – drums
Released in 2016 on Big Mouth Records. https://bigmouth.buyshop.jp/
A video with track five from this album:
* Audio sample at top of page is from the opening track “Sopa de Ajo” by Junichiro Ohkuchi.