Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream (Half-Speed Master)

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As its title suggests, Mellow Dream ventures into slightly mellower, more soulful, and sometimes more contemplative territories (the Bill Evans-reminiscent "Mellow Dream" and "My Foolish Heart") while still packing the commanding punch Fukui’s work is loved for, as heard on the amazingly bombastic "Baron Potato Blues" or the gigantic McCoy Tyner/John Coltrane-influenced "Horizon" which sees each member of the trio (Satoshi Denpo is on bass and Yoshinori Fukui is on drums) demonstrating their virtuosity for 9 exhilarating minutes.

With his sophomore album, Ryo Fukui swings from melancholy to vibrant joy with ease, reminding us that jazz is best served with a pinch of blues, and displays an immensely rare combination of pure talent, unique personal approach and focused discipline. The man undeniably deserves a spot in the pantheon of all-time great jazz pianists.

Heavyweight vinyl produced by We Release Jazz in 2018. Half-speed remastered from the original analog sources. UK Import.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Mellow Dream
2. My Foolish Heart
3. Baron Potato Blues
4. What's New
5. Horizon
6. My Funny Valentine

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