Jazz piano supported by Kagehiro Ohba on bass and Michael Reznikoff on drums, recorded somewhere in Japan in August 1980. Oddly, my CD booklet shows, on a different page, Red Mitchell and Donald Bailey on bass and drums (his rhythm section on You & Me), but my old vinyl copy definitely credits Ohba and Reznikoff. The original vinyl release was on the Trio (electronics) label and, after 30 years, my (even then pre-owned) copy was showing distinct signs of wear, so it was both a surprise and a delight to find it on CD and I snapped it up without a moment's hesitation.
The track selection is mostly standards, including Summertime, A Night In Tunisia, I'll Remember April and Polka Dots And Moonbeams, with each side of the original LP rounded off with a Tamura original (Blues For Tonji and the title track, the latter particularly good).
Of course, piano trio albums are hardly in short supply and many of them are probably a bit ho-hum, but this is one of the good ones and now a rare gem. If the huge price tags that pre-owned copies seem to command these days are a bit beyond the pale, you can buy the MP3 download and, if you can download and print the artwork as well, you'll have virtually an original. Well worth checking out.
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