Mi 9. Mai 2018

Makoto Ozone / James Genus / Clarence Penn (J/USA)

Makoto Ozone: piano
James Genus: bass
Clarence Penn: drums

Von manchen Kritikern wird Makoto Ozone stets als legitimer Nachfolger Oscar Petersons gefeiert. Doch so sehr wie dies als Lob gedacht ist, wird es dem wahren Können des japanischen Pianisten nicht annähernd gerecht. Denn auch wenn Ozone ebenso fulminant swingen kann wie Oscar, ist sein Spiel letztendlich doch wesentlich facettenreicher und deutlich moderner. Dies unterstreicht sein neues Album „Dimensions“, auf dem er zusammen mit Bassist James Genus und Schlagzeuger Clarence Penn die Dimensionen des modernen Jazz-Trios auslotet. Nach Kollaborationen mit Bassist Christian McBride und Schlagzeuger Jeff „Tain“ Watts kehrt Ozone damit zu seinem „Dream Team“ vorangegangener Jahre zurück. (Pressetext)

For decades now the multi-Grammy nominated Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone belongs to the world's absolute "cream de la cream" of jazz and classical pianists. What started in the early 1980s with a study at the Berklee College of Music, an exclusive record contract with CBS and the vocation in the quartet of his then mentor Gary Burton, took its course as today 's exclusive Universal Recording Artist, partner and Sideman such musicians as Chick Corea, Michael and Randy Brecker, Lee Ritenour, Dave Weckl, James Genus and Jeff "Tain" Watts, to name just a few well-known jazz greats. In Japan and the USA, an absolute superstar with his own TV format "OZ meets Jazz", Makoto Ozone is a sought-after and valued classical artist, a regular, not only in jazz, but also because of his outstanding musicality and playing technique he is invited by the most prestigious orchestras of the world as a soloist. To be able to experience an artist like him, who is usually at home on the world's most famous concert stages, in different line-up`s as solo, duo, trio or with big band "No Name Horses", is a small sensation and a rare happiness that you should not miss as a listener.