Jason Domnarski: Big In Japan


Big In Japan


Jason Domnarski (piano)


Notes From Underground (JDT)

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Jason Domnarski (piano),

John Davis (bass), Dave Mason (drums)


Composed by Jason Domnarski


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, 2007


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Pianist/composer Jason Domnarski bases Notes from Underground on his musical experiences in New York City. Domnarski is a block-chord player on "Big in Japan." The tune's first half has him playing an infectious rolling chord melody such as you may hear on a good Joe Jackson pop record. Midway through, the tenor of the vibe changes, as an urgency is added through a rhythm shift, piano runs and distorted ambient harmonics. The band sounds experimental for several measures. This change of pace is quickly succeeded by a return of the pleasing chordal changes that got us here in the first place. Domnarski and his talented trio have nailed down the art of catching a groove and milking it for all it is worth. This is always a good thing if you want to entertain some folks.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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