“The inspirations behind the fourteen compositions on this supple acoustic jazz album vary from reflections on the leader’s Japanese heritage to the influence of Billy Strayhorn and John Coltrane.

The unifying factor is the leader’s fluent technique and command of the subtle inflections of contemporary acoustic piano jazz.

With Linda Oh’s bass a firm foundation for drummer Rudy Royston interactive spring and bounce, the core trio are inspired on both introspective balladry and ferocious swing.

Ex-Bowie saxophonist Donny McCaslin adds oomph and delicacy on four tracks.”

Mike Hobart, Financial Times

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