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The follow-up to Ron Kobayashi's Exotic Places is a more live, organic affair, showing off the pianist and his trio-mates (bassist Baba Elefante and drummer Steve Dixon) to better advantage. The program alternates between angular, often Monk-inspired straight-ahead jazz and Latin-tinged funk/fusion, with Elefante frequently switching to electric bass for the latter. Kobayashi wrote six of the nine tracks; two are by Elefante, while "What Is," a reworking of "What Is This Thing Called Love," is by saxophonist Steve Hommel. In addition to Monk, Kobayashi pays tribute to McCoy Tyner on "McCoy's Diner," a syncopated Latin/funk chart based on repeated four-chord cycles. He ends the album with a poetic solo piece titled "Alone." ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from the Southern California area, the Ron Kobayashi Trio consists of pianist/leader Kobayashi, bassist Baba Elefante, and drummer Steve Dixon. Kobayashi has performed with the likes of Mel Tormé, the Modernaires, and Tim Weisberg, among others, and is a solo recording artist in his own right for Casierra Records. Elefante has performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonist Pete Christlieb, and singer of prog rockers Kansas, John Elefante (he's also been voted one of the top U.S....
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