120

Kaori Osawa: Aluminum

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Kaori Osawa: Aluminum Tokyo-based pianist Kaori Osawa studied under avant-jazz stalwart Aki Takase, the latter, now residing in Germany. But what is striking about this solo piano outing is her uncanny ability to convey a visible component that perhaps mimics the abstract attributes within contemporary art. She paints a canvass that is built on improvisation and composition to counterbalance the lone standard, a semi-free deconstruction of Monk's "Well You Needn't.

But this isn't just another solo piano jaunt. The artist uses space as an equalizer among her fragmented yet highly-rhythmic chord clusters, evidenced on the opening track, "Soda Funk. With flowing block chords and classical undertones, Osawa distorts any notions of predictability, largely due to an abundance of cleverly juxtaposed avant-garde like digressions. And at times she hypnotizes via delicately engineered chord voicings, while incorporating fabrics of jazz and blues into her repertoire.

She shoots for the stars on the title track, with flailing crescendos and staggered phrasings, all emphasized by a rather subliminal manner of intimating the overall rhythmic component. Nonetheless, dainty little surprises spring up throughout the album, but it's not an end game, as many of these works depict her athletic mode of attack. On Aluminum, Osawa's vernacular and imaginative thought processes come to fruition in a grand and all-encompassing manner.

Personnel: Kaori Osawa: piano.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Leo Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "The Ludwigsburg Concert" CD/LP/Track Review The Ludwigsburg Concert
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 10, 2016
Read "Live in Seattle" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Seattle
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 25, 2016
Read "Gurutopia" CD/LP/Track Review Gurutopia
by James Nadal
Published: March 22, 2016
Read "Accortet" CD/LP/Track Review Accortet
by John Sharpe
Published: May 25, 2016
Read "Flowers" CD/LP/Track Review Flowers
by John Sharpe
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "Summer Skyshift" CD/LP/Track Review Summer Skyshift
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!