The music on this new CD, KJB’s second, expresses a quiet warmth. In their use of rich harmony and singable melodic improvisation, one senses immediately that the sounds were made with great care and love. The quality of the listening is what draws one into the space of the music on this recording. This music, though based in the traditions of jazz piano trio, has a breathing conversant quality where interaction rather than role-playing is emphasized.
On this, our second CD, we chose to take a closer look at some tunes
that we have loved and played for years. In recording these takes
on two consecutive February afternoons (all first takes, except for
the new tune “Don’t Go”), by simply choosing a new tempo
or time signature, we gave ourselves the opportunity to hear
these songs in a fresh way. Listening deeply together
with my old friends, John, Kazumi and I could more easily
enjoy the trust and creativity that arose naturally,
and it became a little clearer why we play.