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TRIO 96 is a japanese band led by Kenji ISHIKAWA and Yasuhiro TANAKA. Kenji and Yasuhiro were together in a previous band until 1996 when they met saxophonist Yano TOMOAKI and therefore called themselves TRIO 96. The name stuck through more line-up changes; with addition of bassist Ejiri HIROMITSU they recorded their first album of avantgarde like jazz rock called 'Quartet 99', then after the withdrawal of Yano and Ejiri from the band, Kenji and Yasuhiro recorded their second album which was apropriately named 'Duo 03'. Duo spent their time in live performances and releasing the old albums, until 2010 when they are joined by Ejiri again, which makes TRIO 96 currently a trio again.

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3.95 | 2 ratings
Quartet 99
3.00 | 1 ratings
Duo 03

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 Quartet 99 by TRIO 96 album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.95 | 2 ratings

Quartet 99
Trio 96 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Man With Hat
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

4 stars Boundless enthusiasm, table for four.

Trio96 are a Japanese band that exemplify the best things in Japanese rock...high octane, technically proficient, creative, full of passion & fervor....mixed with a dash of chaos and a profound Japanese attitude. The best thing about this album is that it maintains this intensity throughout. There are no ballads, no exploratory solo spots, no floating ambiences...just full force Japanese jazz-rock attacks. The worst thing about this album is that is exists for a mere 31 minutes. While the Italians consider that a proper album length, it barely breeches the banks of an EP, especially being this album was released in 2004. But it is a wonderful way to spend a half an hour.

While the album is separated into five songs, to my ears it plays just as well as one full opus. Each track contains the basic following ingredients: constantly shifting drums, propulsive bass, razor like guitar, and spitting saxophone, in various concoctions and arrangements. While this never reaches a free jazz like fury, it definitely embraces the avant-garde ethos, something that seemingly is well integrated in the culture of Japanese jazz-rock//fusion. If I had to pick favorite sections, I suppose I would be partial to 9 Beats and Hayai Kyoku, but this is definitely an album where if you like one song, you'll like the entirety of it.

All in all, this is an excellent display of modern jazz-rock from the very fertile shores of Japan. For those with any interest in (fairly) current prog from japan this is worth tracking down. This album may also make a good introduction to the more out side of the jazz-rock spectrum, as it certainly embraces outre music's spirit but doesn't really shun the more conventional side of the formula. If this album was a proper album length, it would be a very strong 4-4.5 stars, but as it is, I'm more comfortable rating it a 3.5-3.75 and rounding up to 4. Conditionally recommended.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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