Jason Domnarski: Tofu Queen


Tofu Queen


Jason Domnarski (piano)


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Jason Domnarski (piano),

John Davis (bass), Dave Mason (drums)


Composed by Jason Domnarski


Recorded: 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Beginning with a simple 3-chord electric piano dirge that draws directly from the James Bond theme, Jason Domnarksi's "Tofu Queen" (love that title!) blooms into several surprising directions. The theme presented is a pensive, close-to-the-vest kind of thing. Attentive listening will reveal several subtle bits of dissonance. They foreshadow the tune's bridge that features moody, almost Melotron-ish pedal tones that Domnarski uses to paint expansions of his earlier mood. This leads to a nice-&-bluesy electric piano solo followed by a full-band restatement of the head. The instrumentation, being a standard piano trio, is misleading, as this particular trio has so much more to offer.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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