Reval / Ryo Kawasaki
The new century begins with a fresh direction for jazz master Ryo Kawasaki.
Traveling to Estonia [Reval is an ancient name for their capital Tallinn], he has formed a flawless trio whose artistry will captivate you. Those familiar with the work of the guitar legend will be drawn to the acoustic sound of this recording. The work is reflective of how well Ryo, Toivo Unt and Aivar Vassilijev perform together as a whole. This is a melting of Eastern
styles, both European and Japanese, mixed with Ryo's own strongly felt Western influences.|
Listeners will find the old Ryo [Trinkets and Things] transforming into the new [Long Ingliska, an Estonian melody adapted for jazz]. The haunting melodies and bold new sound will satisfy all with an ear to hear.
Like other titles in his career, Reval [pronounced reh-VAL] is an inspired work from Master Kawasaki and one that you will listen to again and again.
"It is so wonderful to hear your amazing guitar playing with "air" around it! Every note is very clear and the tone of your guitar is what guitarists like me would love to figure out one day in our life - How did you do that?
"Congratulations, Master Ryo, it is not often that one gets to hear such genius coming from one place! Your sense of melody, passion, ability and unique phrasing are simply astonishing. "
- Michael Moryc -