Super trio group, Fox Capture Plan, is a brilliant mix of pop, jazz, and alternative rock. The group is out of Tokyo, Japan, and consists of Ryo Kishimoto on piano, Hidehiro Kawai on double bass, and Tsukasa Inoue on drums. Each member has an ear for melodies, but more so for rhythms and boy do know how to create a solid beat and dance around it till the break of dawn. On their newest release, Butterfly, the trio has crafted an album of vibrant shades, from big open rock choruses to soft, yet heavy syncopations, and beautiful string quartets. All of the group’s work is something to be admired, and shouldn’t be passed off as some light cafe trio group. What Fox Capture Plan promotes for their work is pure musicianship, and not by their technical proficiency, but their sheer ability to create gorgeous melodies.
Butterfly opens with a warm and peaceful string quartet as if the album had a built in greeter saying “please, come in and enjoy the show.” Then the original trio comes and welcomes us with a solid band entrance, everything in line and ready to groove. The upright bass is walking and talking to the drummer’s sick beat, and the pianist is telling a story with no filler. With that picture in mind, Butterfly only entertains, with rhythms that don’t stop moving, and melodies that don’t stop pleasing the ears. The trio’s work isn’t crazy enough to make the listener’s head spin, but nor will it put anybody to sleep, which are qualities that jazz trios truly need. And that’s it, fox capture plan is, at its very root, a jazz trio; A trio that plays for the listener! Even the solos aren’t too bad of a listen. As mentioned earlier, this album is all story, with none of the filler.
Butterfly Effect is the sweetest track of the album, with a driving string quartet intro, it has a smooth yet quick drum track and a strong melody that’s easy to digest and enjoy. Konton to Souzou No Kikagaku is a polyphonic dream; the piano player riffs endlessly on a polyrhythmic ostinato as Naruyoshi Kikuchi sings through a sax over the drum and bass groove. Finally, Supersonic is indeed, super and sonic. The melody is swift and pretty like a hummingbird, the bass grooves real hard and accompanies the piano gracefully, and the drums hammer out sonic rhythm patterns that are as busy as rush in the city but without all the fuss. Aside from these tracks, the whole album is sound experience and worth listening to front to back.
Hailing from the fast city of Tokyo, fox capture plan offers a fantastic album of jazz harmonies, pop melodies, and alt rock grooves. Give them a try, I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
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To see some tight septet playing, check out Butterfly Effect!