Recently, I've been having fun playing standard tunes with Yuichi Hirakawa jazz band at Arthur's Tavern in West Village, NYC. It was just a coincident that the band was all-Japanese tonight. And I had a pretty good time playing with Yoshiaki Masuo, a guitarist who ever performed and recorded with Sonny Rollins. The bassist of the band, Kenji, said 'Mr. Masuo has a very clear concept of his music and I can hear it through his sound well. That's why we can make pretty good music together spontaneously.' I see his point. It was a long time ago that I sat in a gig with Mr. Masuo. I think his music has aged with him in a positive sense. It was like 'I will speak slowly so that you will get it. And you may like it. Let's see!'
By the way, Yuichi Hirakawa jazz band performs every Tuesday, and after that, E. J. Sharpe band plays funky good-and-old-time top 30. You should check it out.