|Teshima Daisuke - Trio|
|Written by Frankie Hagan|
Teshima Daisuke is that rare sort of genius that couples perfection and artistry in a way that is impressive beyond the expected high level of technical skill that often comes from Japanese musicians. In "Gypsy Swing Jazz," his earlier release as a soloist in the ensemble "Swing Amor," he raised the bar for gypsy jazz recordings of the Django-style to an all new level with complex arrangements and original material that exceeded the work of many (if not all) of his contemporaries. In Daisuke's recording "Trio," (Get Hip Records) he continues to explore the jazz landscape, touching on different aspects of guitar jazz, and showing his mastery of all.
"I'm in the Mood for Love," is an iconic jazz standard, both with lyrics, and as an instrumental mood piece. Teshima Daisuke creates a simple arrangement that showcases his detail in transforming chords, reflecting a pensive and thoughtful position with the source material. The result is captivating and relaxing, adding more color to this work than his previous release. "Sonzo," has an infectious gypsy jazz bounce, blazing tempo and detail, and will be a fun addition to the library of balboa dancers. "La Bikina," allows Daisuke to venture into the world of Fuentes and Mexican gypsy-style—an extremely complicated piece considering the difficulties of trio play (adding additional meaning to the naming of the album). It makes for an interesting mariachi (lite) performance.
Teshima Daisuke offers a very different interpretation of the Django standard "Minor Swing," having already played it with aggressive precision, and a strong sense of tradition, on "Swing Amor." Here, he takes the rhythm in a new direction, allowing his lead to groove and explore Latin elements within the framework of the classic song. The rhythm section of Takashi Watanabe on guitar and Cats Aki on bass supports the swing of Teshima in a very impressive way.
The beautiful interpretation of Archer & Thompson's "I Love You," has a wonderful swing energy, a wistful mood full of musical color, and is this reviewer's pick for the best dance selection on the album. It's also thrilling to listen to Daisuke tackle Brazilian jazz, and his "Blue Bossa," does not disappoint. Rich texture, soft bossa energy, complex runs, and an easy rhythm makes this selection a satisfying cocktail on a quiet beach.
As a whole, the album is extremely satisfying. Daisuke continues his love affair with gypsy jazz, and takes it on honeymoon in standards and geography that relate, expand, and impress. If listening to jazz is a form of traveling, then "Trio," is a great destination.