Marc Devine Trio
October 13th


Marc Devine – piano
Hide Tanaka – bass
Fukushi Tainaka – drums

Inspiration is New York jazz pianist Marc Devine’s first album as a leader since his arrival in New York City. This is a straight-ahead trio session featuring veteran bassist Hide Tanaka and drummer Fukushi Tainaka. Both sidemen provide flawless backing for Devine as he swings through jazz classics such as Hank Mobley's "Soul Station" and Bud Powell's "Hallucinations.” Also featured on this album is the lesser-known Hank Jones composition "Vignette," the cooking Osie Johnson tune "Osmosis," and Devine’s own hard bop piece, the title track “Inspiration”-- a nod to his original hard bop and bebop roots. The album even includes pop tunes such as Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (which Devine plays very much in the style of pianist Erroll Garner), and Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender,"to which Devine ads a bit of a Red Garland flavor. Devine manages to be both dynamic and traditional throughout this album, sometimes taking thelistener through the swinging roller coaster rides of Oscar Peterson, while at other times channeling great hard bop and bebop piano legends like Barry Harris and Sonny Clark. Devine says his real inspiration is playing with his spectacular rhythm section of Fukushi Tainaka, who has been the drummer for the legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson for 30 years, and Hide Tanaka, former bass player for the great pianist Junior Mance. -–Alex Arcone To my own inspirations: Mom, Fuku, Hide, Barry Harris, Johnny O'Neal, and all of my teachers, friends, and fans - Thank you! -- Marc Devine Recorded by Neal Miner. Artwork and design by Takashi Inoue.

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