Ron Kobayashi Trio: Exotic Places

Kobayashi leads a trio on piano and electric keyboards, with the strong presence of Baba Elefante on electric fretted and fretless basses. There’s an imposing backbeat on drums and percussion by Steve Dixon.

The group streams through a program of light-hearted and light-headed funk. The session includes fine atmospheric touches on the original pieces, and an intriguing “Funk for Monk”. The disc is a soft and undemanding California sound, pleasing on the surface for this genre.