Dave Brubeck is, in my opinion, a living genius. I have seen him live twice in the last few years and am going again later this year. His most successful album 'Time Out' contains many of his signature tunes that would be instantly recognisable to all, but the man has written an astonishing amount of material beyond these.
The tracks on this album may not be amongst his signature tunes, but are arguably a better sign of his genius. Taking inspiration from oriental sounds and tunes, Dave Brubeck writes brilliant, accessible American Jazz with a definite Eastern flavour. The tracks complement each other brilliantly too, the opening Tokyo Traffic and Toki's Theme for instance are full of catchy melodies and rhythmic vitality (I particularly like the pitched, rhythmic sounds that play the melody alongside the piano in Tokyo Traffic), but are surrounded by more atmospheric pieces.
A superb album, an encaptivating and enjoyable listen, and a superb demonstration of Jazz that can be enjoyed by the mainstream as well as the jazz connoisseur.