Fujii's compositions are admirably detailed, but not always engaging. In this I think she is foiled by an uninspiring rhythm section. Bassist Takeharu Hayakawa gets some things right--his contrapuntal pentatonic bass line on "As Usual" rubs up against the melody line effectively--but his solos are too messy and ultimately uninteresting, sinking too many tunes. Worst of all, his unabashedly electric tone never quite meshes with the perfectly clean sound of Fujii's grand piano.
Ultimately, Zephyros is too stiff for enjoyable listening. Haryakawa and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida try too hard and Fujii & Tamura let them. This is the kind of record that reeks of wasted talent. Better luck next time.