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Tadao Hayashi Harp Trio

The Impossible Dream

Label: Octave Lab

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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A really groovy harp jazz trio -- one that moves through territory that's a bit like American player Dorothy Ashby on some of her small combo records -- but with Japanese musician Tadao Hayashi in the lead! The approach is relatively lean -- just the bass of Takao Kusagaya and drums of Koichi Suzaki for support -- which leaves Hayashi plenty of space to craft these amazing combinations of notes on the instrument, in a style that still has a gentle groove, even when mellow -- thanks to especially nice work on the bass! The tunes are mostly familiar, but sound really different in this setting -- and the album has a recording quality that really makes the strings resonate strongly -- maybe even more so than on a classic album by Ashby. Titles include "My Favorite Things", "Watch What Happens", "Wave", "The Impossible Dream", "Misty", and nice take on Barry White's hit "Love's Theme". 

Cat. number: OTLCD2355
Year: 2018
Recorded 1977. Comes in mini LP replica with OBI & Japanese insert.