Masabumi Kikuchi Trio | Sunrise | ECM 2096

Masabumi Kikuchi Trio | Sunrise | ECM 2096
ECM 2096March 2012

Masabumi Kikuchi: piano
Thomas Morgan: double-bass
Paul Motian: drums

An ECM debut from Masabumi Kikuchi and a last session from the great Paul Motian. Motian and Kikuchi were friends for many years and Paul understood the idiosyncracies and the wayward charm of the Japanese pianist’s highly personal style perhaps better than anyone. The trio - completed by Zen bassist Thomas Morgan - makes new art out of the interactive free rubato ballad. A strangely beautiful album.