Doctor Jazz Magazine DJM231 Winter 2015-2016

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The piano trio is a broad category in jazz music. Many have ventured there. Every jazz pianist approaches the concept in his own way. This has yielded wonderful music. Just think of the trio of Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, and Bill Evans, to name a few. At the same time, the rich history of the form makes it difficult to give it another original interpretation. Finding your own voice is difficult and requires courage, but that’s what makes jazz music in general so interesting. On one side, jazz musicians treat the music with respect for tradition, but on the other hand they also want to leave their own mark on the music. The tension between these two often creates something beautiful. And that is the case here.

Pianist Keigo Hirakawa, along with Eddie Brookshire and Fenton Sparks on bass and drums, sounds on this CD how fresh and sparkling piano trio still can be. They are well attuned to each other and they leave each other enough space. The listener will recognize the influence of the great examples but also hear very adventurous originality. All numbers except the last two are originals written by Keigo Hirakawa. Dance Of The Infidels is a piece by Bud Powell, and Precious Lord is by George Nelson Allen and Thomas A. Dorsey. Everything is played with conviction and technically very skilled. Lovers of piano trios should certainly give a listen. They will not be disappointed. You can order via www.keigohirakawa.com or the usual internet shops.

Jo Beckers (via Google Translate)

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