Reaching steadily towards new realms of expression, Hirahara perseveres steadily along on his musical journey of unfoldment. “Sunward Bound” displays a clear sense of creative continuity that can be traced back on his previous albums from his joyous first steps along the “Noble Path” through his trials and tribulations of “Libations And Meditations” and into his deep explorations of the distant pathways in the “Central Line.” Once again Hirahara succeeds in creating a bold impassioned statement that also features significant and meaningful contributions from his trusted collaborators tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Rudy Royston.
ART HIRAHARA, piano LINDA MAY HAN OH, bass RUDY ROYSTON, drums DONNY McCASLIN, sax
Recorded in New York, September 12, 2017.
01. Ruse for Blues Shoes 02. Brooklyn Express 03. Akatombo 04. Sunward Bound 05. Unbound 06. Points of View 07. Ringo Oiwake 08. Beyond Right and Wrong 09. Up Turn Out 10. Suspended 11. Inverted Fountain