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I rarely do impulsive purchases but this was one of those and I’m not sure what to think of it. 🤔 Maybe it’s just my dislike for piano based trios.
“Scenery" is the debut album, and one of the few recordings made by Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui. It's a simple piano trio setup with Fukui accompanied by bassist Satoshi Denpo and drummer Yoshinori Fukui.
Overall the album is very average, with Fukui demonstrating competency in jazz piano, but little in the way of personality or a developed style of his own. In many ways, Fukui sounds like a student, content to imitate Bill Evans, Red Garland or McCoy Tyner, but without adding any new color to give the music character or fully understanding the more subtle aspects of these players' styles.
The exception is "Early Summer" where Fukui proves he is at least capable of playing interesting music. It's a shame that the bulk of the album is dedicated to the less interesting and much more derivative approach. It could also be one of those “it will grow on me” albums. I doubt it though. Thumbs on the pressing, it’s a Half Speed mastering and it sounds really good.
Now the question is do I dare to listen to Mood by Fukui which I also bought 🤦♂️? (EU, Reissue)