“There are many fine pianists from Japan, but more than anyone, Makiko Hirabayashi invites you to the musical universe of wonder, where the depths and forms of the human emotions are revealed, and become landscapes where stories are told.” 

(liner notes/”Where The Sea Breaks” by  Kazutomi Aoki) read the full linernotes in English

“With their fourth release “Where The Sea Breaks”, they are at the top of their game, with music full of dynamism, melodic details and harmonic richness.”

(5***** review on “Where The Sea Breaks” – Politiken, DK) read the full review in Danish

 

“Surely is a magnificent creation that stands resolutely defiant, beckoning while withholding its secrets” 

(5***** review on “Surely” – All Ablut Jazz) read the full review in English

 

“Colourful, delicate, translucent, and self-assured trio album”

(5***** review on “Surey” – GAFFA) read the full review in Danish

 

“The feeling is closer to that of late dusk rather tan  early dawn, but with the uplifting intensity of creation, exploration and wonderment, Every note, every gesture matters and there is nothing extra.” 

(5***** review on “Binocular” – All About Jazz) read the full review in English

 

“deeply integrated, fiercely vibrant trio playing, where Hirabayashi’s piano, Hovman’s bass an Mazur’s dums act as three equal factors”.

(Review on “Hide and Seek” – Jazz Special) read the full review in Danish

 

“The compositions are  seductive and moving, trio’s interplay exceptional, and each musician’s performance a delight to the ears”

(5***** review on “Makiko”, GAFFA) read the full review in Danish