Masabumi Kikuchi, Hanamichi *****

Set us all free. The world-class first release from the new Irish label Red Hook comprises six solo performances and is the final studio recording by the Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015). One of Kikuchi's best known compositions …

Published: 16 Apr 2021. Updated: 7 months.

Set us all free. The world-class first release from the new Irish label Red Hook comprises six solo performances and is the final studio recording by the Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015). One of Kikuchi's best known compositions 'Little Abi' is on this remarkable New York-recorded release and is very beautiful. Thoroughly inspiring especially 'Improvisation' most of all there is such intimacy, pure gestalt, concision, succinctness and sense of space delineated at all times. It is humbling to listen and feel the music's presence towards satori surrounded by a vast, enveloping feeling of serenity. Let it be. Out today on Red Hook. Masabumi Kikuchi, top. Photo: Tae Cimarosti

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James Francies' '713' from Purest Form streams

Pianist James Francies is to release Purest Form in May with '713' kicking the build-up off as a lead-off track. Francies on the album is with bassist Burniss Travis and drummer Jeremy Dutton while saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibist Joel Ross, …

Published: 16 Apr 2021. Updated: 7 months.

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Pianist James Francies is to release Purest Form in May with '713' kicking the build-up off as a lead-off track. Francies on the album is with bassist Burniss Travis and drummer Jeremy Dutton while saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibist Joel Ross, guitarist Mike Moreno and singers Elliott Skinner, Peyton and Bilal are also on the record which is to be released by Blue Note. Francies is also on Chris Potter's upcoming Sunrise Reprise, again a May release, details here.

James Francies, top. Photo: Twitter