Awesome Japanese jazz pianist born in Ashikaga, Tochigi in 1949. The 1970's decade was a productive period for Jazz music from Japan.
"Fumio" has found a great balanced approach in this album. Quickly plays, finding a catchy tune with a sublime ending in "Jumping Board". The finesse interpretive and good taste in the Richard Rodgers tune "My Funny Valentine", a popular jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. And the end with the beautiful "Rise and Shine" putting a good assembly of complexity, energy, beauty and softness!. Recorded live, but believe me... sounds like a Studio album.