Sumito Oi: Sumitty & THE FUNFAIR

Sumitty & THE FUNFAIR is a 2015 release from drummer Sumito Oi and his band of merry music makers, producing an original work of creatively poppy jazz. Not circus clown tomfoolery, but, rather, light and glittery music played with a cheerful buoyancy and sensitivity by improvisational jazz musicians. The theme is musical fun, a wide-smiled mirth carried by a sweet nostalgia for amusement park ambiance.

As a drummer’s quartet, rhythm moderates the music delightfully, propulsive but never overpowering. Flutes with electric and acoustic instruments add evocative flavors, leading us through the fair and summoning musical images like childhood memories.

Leader: Sumito Oi · 大井澄東 ·


  • Sumito Oi – drums
  • Toyomi Kobayashi – flute, alto flute, bass flute, Andes25F
  • Koichi Sato – piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
  • Show Kudo – double bass, electric bass


Released in 2015 on S&T Music STMU-1001.

Live performance of “Fascinating Rhythm”, the last track on this album:

* Audio sample at top of page is from the opening track entitled “Ferris Wheel”.