A "child" of the Japanese school of jazz

A "child" of the Japanese school of jazz

Having released three albums under the DIW label as leader of the trio featuring Ben Waples and Dave Goodman, Trisonique is Hakuei Kim's first major label debut under Universal Records, and he lives up to expectation.

With Tomokazu Sugimoto on the bass and Hidenobu "Kalta" Otsuki on the drums, Trisonique is truly a child of the Japanese school of jazz. With its radical and modern interpretation of jazz, the album has a strong abstract sound, as is evidenced by the arbitrary pacing and randomly placed violin notes in their cover of Take Five. In this sense, Trisonique can be compared to works by established names like Quasimode, but with more of a meandering ambience.

This is not to say that the album lacks atmosphere. Although there are no vocals, Kim's excellent mastery of the piano, at times energetic, at others melancholic, serves as an anchor to the various tracks, some of which could be mistaken for being completely improvised. From the hints of tropical influences in the playful tunes found in Kuala Lumpur and Hidden Land, to the mellow and sparse melodies of Delayed Resolution and The Archeologist, Trisonique ultimately conveys a generally reflective mood.

The album should ideally be savoured in one sitting to fully appreciate its lingering chords and poignant refrains.

YP Rating: 4/5

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