Book Apple
Takumi Seino - acoustic, electric, and baritone guitars

関西を中心に活動するギタリストによる、神戸BIG APPLE25周年記念ソロ・ギター作品。アコースティック、エレクトリック、バリトンギターを使い、1分から3分程度の25の小曲をフォールドインすることで、ひとつのストーリーを浮かび上がらせている。繊細だが大胆な試み。


Here is a new life sign from guitarist Takumi Seino. Most releases have him in the company of other musicians. You may know him from his work with Drops Trio or Next Order. As an improviser he worked with many different musicians from all over the planet, but he mainly works in Japan if I’m not mistaken. ‘Book Apple’ is a solo effort. The album is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Big Apple in Kobe, a place where Seino often performs. For this occasion he recorded 25 short improvisations, playing acoustic, electric and baritone guitars. All improvisations were recorded in his own studio during four days in October 2014. Whatever guitar he is playing, he delivers comfortable jazz music that is dominated by romantic atmospheres. We meet similar moods in all pieces. Seino for sure is an accomplished player, staying close to jazz idiom. Although he succeeds in staying miles away from plain easy listening, one would wish he showed more faces and more sense for musical adventure. (DM)

Vital weekly (Holland)

As a reminder: Japanese guitarist and composer Takumi Seino (a graduate of the Berklee College of Music), he is a freelance musician who followed successive years following their own path. As an exceptional guitar virtuoso and improviser has been honored with many awards and distinctions, among which it is worth mentioning the title of Best Guitarist of the Year awarded by Yamaha. In his biography he has entered collaboration with musicians such as m.in .: Blake Newman, Jeremy Stratton, Scott Goulding, David Sinclair and power trains such bands as: Khamsin Six North, EBA, Eiichiro Arasaki Big Band and Next Order.
Takumi Seino It operates independently pursuing in a variety of configurations, but in recent years he has custody over the production of their albums, from the mixes, and ending at independently designed album covers. This time musician, he released completely alone, playing on acoustic, electric and baritone guitar. The album "Book Apple" is an album with a unique character, because it honoring the 25th anniversary of the Big Apple jazz club located in Kobe situated on the island of Honshu, which Seino years is associated. This is where the musician recorded excellent albums such as m.in .: "Mood for Red" (2009), "Old Red Chair On The Porch" (2012) and"Flower Flows" (2013), appearing on the club scene in various configurations, such as Drops Trio, composed of Yasutaka Yourozu at the bass and American drummer Larry Marshall. Four days of October 2014, guitarist holed up in the studio recording a series of 25 miniatures music for 25 years in the Big Apple.
Among the short scroll by during the hours of the topics we find both rearranged motifs from earlier albums guitarist, as well as new themes and passages improvised. Although the "Book Apple" is composed of very short chamber music recitals, the individual pieces put together, form a kind of highly addictive entirely in a unique and absorbing character. Instrumental short stories sparkle with the enormity of color, moving up while listening to nothing fancy images in a fascinating kaleidoscope of sound. Seino can enchant not only exceptional virtuosity and his distinctive way of playing, but also be prepared endearing microclimate, much more accentuated in the formula of a guitar solo, with which we have to do on this album.
The Japanese virtuoso charms various sounds of guitars, discreetly supporting the subtle effects only when it is the most desirable. When are sounded the last notes of topics such as eg. A beautiful "Trace" Eiichi " , or rubbing a flamenco "B-612" - regret that this is the end, immediately it turns into a joy it triggers the beginning of another thumbnails: classicist "Double Dozen" and "Scope for Imagination",impressionistic "Simply" Red "is a charming melody" Late Call "."
Book Apple "is an album far from the formula of long, complex improvisational tracks recorded with a rhythm section, to which we are accustomed Takumi Seino on their recent albums. No one familiar with previous achievements guitarist, has the right to feel disappointed - we are dealing with a plate by all means unique. Music book composed of 25 short chapters he is "Book Apple" is essential reading really is definitely addictive.
The album was released on Dec. 6, 2014.

Robert Ratajczak

LongPlay (Poland)