Toru Dodo: Dodo 3 (2007)
Toru Dodo's band mates for this session are bassist Joseph Lepore and drummer Rodney Green. His presentation of mostly original material provides a good showcase of his compositional abilities. The two exceptions are Cedar Walton's "Bolivia" and a sparkling solo performance of Rodgers and Hart's "My Romance." The opening "R or B" is a busy and appropriate tune which somehow displays his apparently classical techniques. On "Arabesque," taken at a more relaxed tempo, Dodo brings the touch of Debussy into play.
I rather liked the infectious "Boneless & Skinless," while "NYUCS (New York Underground Car Service)" samples a subway conductor's announcements during a brief transit ride. "Giacomo Swing" is titled for classical composer Puccini and Lepore provides some tasty arco work. "For Mr. M (Sazao's Theme)" is named in reference to a Japanese animated character and is quite likeable.
Track Listing: R or B; Bolivia; Boneless & Skinless; Inside Bubbles; NYUCS (New York Underground Car Service); A Spiral Escalator; Arabesque; Giacomo Swing; Brush Pitch; My Romance; For Mr.M (Sazae's Theme); T.Dog's Theme.
Personnel: Toru Dodo: piano; Joseph Lepore: bass; Rodney Green: drums.