Ami Fukui Trio: New Journey

Ami Fukui’s third album New Journey grabs the listener’s attention with colorful, immersive songs, 11 well-crafted originals played with an exciting energy and vigor.

Much of the music builds on strong rhythms and bass line hooks (credit given to Kudo and Fukumori, whose brightness and expert rhythms fit the music perfectly), over which catchy melodies soar.

Throughout the album, surprises and discoveries often surface – bonus interludes, doubled-up lines, coordinated syncopation, even some voice and handclaps – compositional embellishments that demonstrate Fukui’s dedication to careful songwriting which pleases the listener. The result: lush music that grooves with fun, pure and simply.

Leader: Ami Fukui · 福井アミ ·


  • Ami Fukui – piano
  • Show Kudo – bass
  • Yasushi Fukumori – drums
  • Akiko Suda – vocals (#7)


Released in 2016 on Diw The Grace DG-1007.

Here is a live performance of the closing track on this CD, “Burn Red”:

* Audio sample at top of page from the title track, “New Journey”.