Yasumasa Kumagai: J-Straight Ahead

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 on are 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/

Members:

  • 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.