Reminiscence

Reminiscence

by Chihiro Yamanaka
     
 

Reminiscence is pianist Chihiro Yamanaka's second major-label U.S. release, following 2011's acclaimed Forever Begins. Yamanaka plays with two different trios on this date; one features her performing unit of bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis, while the other includes bassist See more details below

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Reminiscence is pianist Chihiro Yamanaka's second major-label U.S. release, following 2011's acclaimed Forever Begins. Yamanaka plays with two different trios on this date; one features her performing unit of bassist Yoshi Waki and drummer John Davis, while the other includes bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. Yamanaka plays acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ in an ambitious program that highlights jazz, pop, Latin, and Brazilian covers, and includes a lone original, the opener "Rain, Rain and Rain." Reminiscence stands in sharp contrast to Forever Begins, which was heavy on fiery bop and post-bop. By comparing their respective track lists, one might be tempted to think that this set is laid-back by comparison. In this case, appearances are deceiving. Check her reading of the Burt Bacharach nugget "(They Long to Be) Close to You," where she not only deconstructs the harmony but rebuilds it with an expansive new architecture and a syncopated Latin rhythmic pulse. While her reading of Horace Silver's funky Latin groover "Soul Searchin'" is relatively straight-ahead, her reliance on minor modes and a further nod to Bacharach in her chord fills extrapolate its essence while keeping the funky blues feel intact. Her version of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" is not only elegant but wonderfully eloquent, with subtle chord voicings and shimmering shapes. Her solo turns the tune inside out without giving up its graceful, sensual center. Another surprise here is her nearly straight read of Marcos Valle's "Ele e Ela," full of nearly voice-like phrasing and a beautiful breezy spaciousness. Her organ on Bob Berg's "Friday Night at the Cadillac Club" reveals the composer's debt to Silver, and her organ playing is more John Patton than Jack McDuff, but still swings like mad. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" alternates between nearly classical counterpoint and pointillism and funky Rhodes work, and near its end gets into some mind-bending production tricks. Ultimately, Reminiscence proves to American audiences (outside of New York, where she has been based for some time) what Japanese audiences have known for a long time: that Yamanaka is a fierce talent with robust chops, plenty of soul, and a seemingly endless imagination for the musical possibilities of the piano trio.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0044002284754
catalogNumber:
001670102
Rank:
88086

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chihiro Yamanaka   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Yoshi Waki   Bass
John Davis   Drums

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Bob Berg   Composer
Michel Petrucciani   Composer
Aldo Romano   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Hiroshi Sato   Marketing
Marcos Valle   Composer
Sean Lennon   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Claude Nougaro   Composer
Seki Yoshihiko   Financial Director
Marc Urselli   Engineer
Chihiro Yamanaka   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Yoshihisa Saito   Executive Producer
Kitetsu Takamiya   Art Direction
Hiroko Kawachi   Executive Producer
Kimitaka Kato   Executive Producer
Bob Gaudino   Composer
Kazuhiko Tatebe   Publicity,Promoter
Yukiko Takahashi   Marketing
Nobuya Nakazawa   Financial Director
Masayuki Omori   Publicity,Promoter
Masahiro Yamagiwa   Publicity,Promoter

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