I've been curious about this place for a while now. I took the opportunity when a friend from out of town wanted to go out for some straight ahead jazz. She knows that's what I like and NYC is the place for it, so she put herself in my hands. I took the opportunity to check out the Kitano.
The piano trio was good, but overall too mellow for me. I especially liked the bass player. It had some lively moments, and some regardless. There was a at the end.
It also helped me see the difference and get a better idea of what I like. I think it would go into the traditional jazz category. It was heavy on the ballads, light on the lively. I prefer a max of 1 or 2 ballads.