Mouse On The Keys
Purists beware - this is the kind of record which could turn fans of ‘popular’ music onto Jazz, in a similar way to those of a more rock and punk persuasion found via Tortoise.
Mouse On The Keys appear to be the musical equivalent of being invited into a cosy club in downtown Tokyo, taking your seat in a large, leather armchair and having your brain opened up by polite and precise surgeons wielding grand pianos. Musically, it’s the very essence of ‘tight, but loose’ and each track is a seamless journey, particularly when the soprano sax of Jun Nemoto takes off. It’s a rare thing - firmly Jazz but welcoming, rather than elitist. Here’s hoping they make it to the UK sometime soon.