This is a nice little album for any occasion or for any time of the day...beautiful and Oh so, so light. This may not be original or even innovative jazz but it gives great enjoyment and the complete set presents chill grooves of a very high order.
I wanted some smooth, smoky jazz for the music bed in my podcast; Kokujin Chronicles: Episode 1. This album rang precisely the tone I wanted. Not too loud, not formulaic and well-engineered and constructed. A pleasure to listen to all on its own. The cover design certainly suggested festivity and liveliness, which I found atractive. Listen for yourself: http://kokujinchronicles.podomatic.com/entry/eg/2011-03-29T13_11_40-07_00