Starting assertively with a modern jazz/rock feel, electric guitar and acoustic piano lay out high opening stakes for an album filled with dramatic creativity. The songs explore moments of musical sensitivity, relaxed swing, Monkish joy and freedom, and bluesy contemplation, with full sounds of crystal piano tones, warm electric guitar, bright drum work and deep, dark bass anchoring the group sound.
For added variety, a wonderfully plaintive trumpet is present on several tracks and provides a sweet organic mellowness. Adding to the mix, some of the more magical parts of the album feature the lush instrumentation of ethereal tabla drums, interlude-like sections with a deep and exotic meditative tinge.
Leader: Takako Yamada · 山田貴子 · http://www8.plala.or.jp/takakohp
- Takako Yamada – piano
- Shinpei Ruike – trumpet
- Teriver Cheung – guitar
- Koji Yasuda – bass
- Gaku Hasegawa – drums
- Ko Omura – tabla, drums
Released in 2013 on GoodNessPlus Records as GNPR-1146.
Here is a promotional video with excerpts from several songs on the album:
Here is a video of “Starting Over” from the album release live show in 2013 with event photos:
Note: Audio sample from the opening track entitled “Land Scape”.