Mixing two different elements together sometimes doesn't work. Let alone simple things like different natural materials, two different people can't always be expected to work as a pair. In the instance of Masaki Hayashi and Seigen Tokuzawa, however, that difficulty somehow fizzles away, leaving only a seamless working relationship.

On "Drift," the duo display more than a decade of working together. Though it is a traditionally classical pairing of piano, played by Hayashi, with Tokuzawa's cello, the results are not moored in any particular port of call; instead, true to the album's name, the music drifts.

Which is just what Tokuzawa, 43, says he intended when asked about the overarching feel of the album.