The French saxophonist Christophe Monniot and Hungarian master keyboards Emil Spanyi, Ozone created in 2006 as a duo. Recently, with drummer John Quitzke and the excellent Hungarian bassist Matyas Szandai the Ozone quartet named Acoustyle Quartet, played on the stage of Lopus Jazz Club in November 2014 and mesmerized the audience. The addition of the rhythm section was like an organic evolution of symbiosis between ten years and Monniot Spanyi and the result was a mature program with a dense texture and a brilliant balance of composition and improvisation.
Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. 1. I believe this was Makoto's 3rd album (something like that) and when it came out, I was expecting some more inventive Makoto magic–> but I was surprised to learn / hear that this was standard jazz material and I totally loved it. 2. This was produced before trio jazz stuff came back into fashion (ie prior to Chick's Acoustic Band and around the time of Keith Jarrett's trio… I think Keith had his first live trio album around this time). Anyway, the trio work is great, the song selection is classic, this is a no brainer for anyone who appreciates good / classic standard jazz.
Pianist Makoto Ozone, who was a member of Gary Burton's group at the time, invited the great vibraphonist to his recording debut as a leader, a trio outing with bassist Eddie Gomez. 23 at the time, Ozone already had impressive technique and a generally introspective style that meshed well with Burton. The groups performs five of Ozone's originals (including the two-part "Endless Season"), and even if the results are sometimes a bit sleepy, the pianist does show a lot of potential.
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