Pianist Yasumasa Kumagai is on the leading edge of modern J Jazz. With strong influences of Robert Glasper (a one-time teacher of Kumagai), the pianist releases confident compositions based in straight-ahead jazz rooted in the modern jazz tradition as well as gospel music and hip-hop. An energetic and exciting piano jazz trio is on display here. Great compositions and an at-times edgy attitude belie a sensitive and deep sense of musicality.
Leader: Yasumasa Kumagai · 熊谷ヤスマサ · http://yasumasakumagai.com/
- Yasumasa Kumagai – piano
- Yosuke Inoue – bass
- Masahiko Osaka – drums
Released 2015 on Jazzy Bear Records JZBR-0001.
* Audio sample at top of page from “Draft Beer”, which opens this album.