Reviews that mention Masabumi Kikuchi

December 18, 2021

Takagi/Kongo/Takeuchi/Koyama

Live at Little John, Yokohama 1999
NoBusiness NBCD 144

Itaru Oki Quartet

Live at Jazz Spot Combo 1975

NoBusiness NBCD 143

Masayuki JoJo Takayangi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi Puu Kikuchi

Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990

NoBusiness NBCD 135

Sabu Toyozumi/Rick Countryman

Misaki Castle Tower

Chap Chap Records CPCD-0190

Taku Sugimoto & Takashi Masubuchi

Live at Otooto & Permian

Confront Core Series core 16

Something in the Air: Japanese Improvised Music Has Taken and MORE

December 18, 2021

Masayuki JoJo Takayangi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi Puu Kikuchi

Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990
NoBusiness NBCD 135

Itaru Oki Quartet

Live at Jazz Spot Combo 1975

NoBusiness NBCD 143

Takagi/Kongo/Takeuchi/Koyama

Live at Little John, Yokohama 1999

NoBusiness NBCD 144

Sabu Toyozumi/Rick Countryman

Misaki Castle Tower

Chap Chap Records CPCD-0190

Taku Sugimoto & Takashi Masubuchi

Live at Otooto & Permian

Confront Core Series core 16

Something in the Air: Japanese Improvised Music Has Taken and MORE

December 6, 2014

Artist Feature

Thomas Morgan
By Ken Waxman

Thomas Morgan didn’t have much time for an interview when contacted by TNYCJR. Back in New York for a few days after a couple of months touring overseas with pianist Craig Taborn’s trio and Danish guitarist Jakob Bro’s multi-media quintet, within the week he was off across the Atlantic for most of a month to take the bass spot in two different working bands: drummer Jim Black’s trio and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko’s quartet. Constant touring is just part of life for Morgan, 33, who has been one of the city’s busiest bassist almost since arriving here from his native California 15 years ago. Featured on more than 70 CDs, Morgan honed his skill with as many groups as he can, including those led by veterans such as Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, drummer Paul Motian and guitarists Bill Frisell. MORE

August 6, 2012

Masabumi Kikuchi Trio

Sunrise
ECM 2096

Russ Lossing

Drum Music (Music of Paul Motian)

Sunnyside SSC 1319

By Ken Waxman

Although inextricably linked to Bill Evans for his sensitive work in the pianist’s trio of the early ‘60s, drummer Paul Motian (1931-2011) developed his minimalist rhythmic sense earlier in clarinetist Tony Scott’s quartet and extended himself as a band leader and composer from 1972 onwards. Helmed by two pianists of widely divergent ages and backgrounds, these fine CDs celebrate Motian’s contributions as a player and writer. MORE

July 12, 2004

TETHERED MOON

Experiencing Tosca
Winter & Winter 910 093-2

WHO TRIO
The Current Underneath
Leo CD LR 379

Two approaches to the standard jazz piano trio end up with vastly different results with only one making a major statement.

On THE CURRENT UNDERNEATH, Swiss pianist Michel Wintsch puts aside the sentimental streak that undermined earlier efforts with his Euro-American WHO Trio to create nine slices of thoughtful improvised music. Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi and his two famous American sidemen in Tethered Moon, seems to have picked up all the indolent romanticism cast aside by Wintsch however, making EXPERIENCING TOSCA, a torpid and somewhat lugubrious exercise, more notable for lockstep methodology and top-flight recording sound than a range of emotions. MORE