February 19, 2018

For 2 Akis / Shinya Fukumori Trio

He longed for more fluid and interactive nature of music to eye scenes in Europe while groping for his own style in the U.S. with taste in culture as a Japanese on his mind.

What the Osaka native drummer was like around 2010 paved the way for his debut with the distinguished German record label he ached for.

Shinya Fukumori made his first appearance as the leader on ECM Records' catalogue on February 16th, 2018.

For 2 Akis / Shinya Fukumori Trio

- Shinya Fukumori (drums)
- Matthieu Bordenave (tenor saxophone)
- Walter Lang (piano)

01. Hoshi Meguri No Uta
02. Silent Chaos
03. Ai San San
04. For 2 Akis
05. The Light Suite ~ Kojo No Tsuki ~ Into The Light ~ The Light
06. No Goodbye
07. Spectacular
08. Mangetsu No Yube
09. Émeraude
10. When the Day Is Done
11. Hoshi Meguri No Uta (Variation)

Released: February 16th, 2018
Label: ECM Records

Fukumori and the members who recorded the album with him each have built a foothold in Munich, where the company is headquartered. Surprisingly, it was the first time for a Munich-based jazz band to publish a work under the label in about forty years.

As a matter of fact, before the trio began to work with ECM, they made a demo recording to hand in to the label. The session took place at Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway in 2015, which ECM is familiar with for their production. Fukumori took the French tenor saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave and the German pianist Walter Lang there at his own expense.

About a year later, in October 2016, Manfred Eicher, the founder of ECM, listened to them perform at a music college in Munich to decide to make a contract with them.

Eicher witnessed the album recording at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in March 2017 as the producer.

He took part in the session as if he had been a fourth member to the trio to give them some ideas for a better rendition. The producer wanted them to play ensembles that sound like chamber music, according to Fukumori.

The title "For 2 Akis" means "for the two persons who are called Aki." They believe in and support Fukumori at the jazz club in Osaka, where he played the piece for the first time.

Along with his original works such as the title track, the album includes Japanese songs that make him nostalgic. They also remind him of the simple melody lines and chord progressions on beautiful Japanese tunes. He arranged them so that they would not lose the characteristics.

All through the track list, the sound flows in a subdued tone. The trio express their music sincerely as well as sophisticatedly.

When Fukumori decided to go to Munich in 2013, he wondered if he could be at least a side player for musicians who belong to ECM. But he steadily drummed ad libs and others in the regional field to come to prominence as an improviser.

Now that he has become the second Japanese artist as an album leader under the established Europe record label, Fukumori must be more ambitious for his future.

Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan, with reference to Way Out West vol. 107 February 2018

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