Forever Begins

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Much better known in her native Japan (where she regularly tops the jazz charts), pianist Chihiro Yamanaka makes a strong claim to neo-bop mastery with Forever Begins, played with her trio, also featuring Ben Williams on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Yamanaka takes a playful tone on the original opener, ironically called "So Long," establishing that she will play lightning runs, sometimes taking up the whole keyboard, to sinuous rhythms. She acknowledges a major influence with Bud Powell's "Blue Pearl." Her "Cherokee" is a multi-part reinvention of the old swing standard, and she invests "Good Morning, Heartache" with unusual liveliness. Not surprisingly, given her...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Much better known in her native Japan (where she regularly tops the jazz charts), pianist Chihiro Yamanaka makes a strong claim to neo-bop mastery with Forever Begins, played with her trio, also featuring Ben Williams on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Yamanaka takes a playful tone on the original opener, ironically called "So Long," establishing that she will play lightning runs, sometimes taking up the whole keyboard, to sinuous rhythms. She acknowledges a major influence with Bud Powell's "Blue Pearl." Her "Cherokee" is a multi-part reinvention of the old swing standard, and she invests "Good Morning, Heartache" with unusual liveliness. Not surprisingly, given her energy, she particularly enjoys Latin rhythms on "Saudade e Carinho" and "The Moon Was Yellow." And she moves toward post-bop with her nearly nine-minute take on Russell Ferrante's "Avance." American mainstream jazz fans who may not be aware of Chihiro Yamanaka (even though she is based in the U.S.) would do well to seek out this album and some of the pianist's earlier work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Emarcy
  • UPC: 044002151193
  • Catalog Number: 001556702
  • Sales rank: 46,144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Long (5:36)
  2. 2 Blue Pearl (5:43)
  3. 3 Summer Wave (6:00)
  4. 4 Cherokee (6:36)
  5. 5 W.W.W. (5:49)
  6. 6 Good Morning, Heartache (6:30)
  7. 7 Saudade E Carinho (4:45)
  8. 8 Forever Begins (6:31)
  9. 9 The Moon Was Yellow (4:55)
  10. 10 Avance (8:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chihiro Yamanaka Primary Artist, Piano
Kendrick Scott Drums
Ben Williams Bass
Technical Credits
Bud Powell Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ervin Drake Composer
Russell Ferrante Composer
Howard Mandel Liner Notes
Tim Conklin Engineer
Hazime Horiuchi Art Direction
Edgar Leslie Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Chihiro Yamanaka Arranger, Composer, Producer
Yoshihisa Saito Executive Producer
Koichi Matsukaze Composer
Kyohei Tsutsumi Composer
Hiroko Kawachi Executive Producer
Kimitaka Kato Executive Producer
Verinha Falcão Composer
Renato França Composer
Renan França Composer
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