Hakuei Kim Trio: Open The Green Door

Modern to the point of futuristic, Open The Green Door features an exciting jazz piano trio with the pianist Hakuei Kim leading a stellar Australian rhythm section of Ben “Donny” Waples on bass and Dave Goodman on drums.

With the mature confidence of solid musicianship balanced with fresh enthusiasm, the trio strives for musical excellence with impressive nimbleness and dark, atmospheric explorations. The album features eight tracks, five original compositions from the pianist and three reworked jazz standards.

Right from the opening track “Offer Refused”, Kim’s impressive hummingbird-quick playing demonstrates his quick post-bop fluidity decorated with elegant patterns, turns and rhythmic cells at times reminiscent of Mal Waldron’s playing. In addition to acrobatic, up-tempo music, other moods explored are of slow, introspective beauty, stylish riff-rock, and, especially on the three covers “Beatrice”, “Tempus Fugit”, and “Alone Together”, longing, suspense, and dramatic tension.

Leader: Hakuei Kim · ハクエイ・キム · https://www.universal-music.co.jp/hakuei-kim/


  • Hakuei Kim – piano
  • Ben “Donny” Waples – double bass
  • Dave Goodman – drums and percussion

Released in 2005 on DIW Records as DIW-631.


* Audio sample at top of page from “Offer Refused”, the opening track on the album.