All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

2

Yoko Miwa Trio: Pathways

Jerome Wilson By

Sign in to view read count
Yoko Miwa is a pianist operating in the Boston area whose stylistic reach touches on funky gospel, bluesy bebop and dramatic pomp. She and her long time trio jump out nicely from the first track, the surging gospel rhythms of Marc Johnson's "Log O'Rhythm," drummer Scott Goulding providing a solid shuffle foundation to Miwa's pounding. They also have fun cascading up and down on another Johnson tune, "After All" later on the disc.

Miwa's original melodies on this disc are memorable and most of them really drive. "Lickety Split" is an energetic straight jazz burner in the Bud Powell fashion with a mambo backbeat. "The Goalkeeper" has a swing and style reminiscent of Mary Lou Williams and "Was It Something I Said?" has an old school swagger akin to the piano playing of Duke Ellington himself. All these pieces show Miwa's penchant for impish little blues filigrees and how well Goudling and bassist Will Slater support her with strutting panache. Miwa's one ballad composition, "Lantern Light," is interesting as well, flowing through several classically- inclined melodies with a swirling delicate force kept together by Golding's drumming.

Then there are covers of two vintage rock songs expanded into grandiose productions. Joni Mitchell's "Court And Spark," an offbeat choice, is played to a slightly slowed down tempo with Goudling keeping a tense beat going under Miwa's lush playing of the melody before the piece gives over to slippery, blues tinged improvising. On The Beatles' "Dear Prudence" the beat is slightly altered into a tricky hip hop figure that gives an extra boost to the drumming as Miwa navigates the insistent, familiar theme.

There's a mischievous joy in Yoko Miwa's piano playing that gives a little extra soul to everything she does. Her trio grooves mightily and she definitely sounds worth going to see live if you're ever in the Boston area .

Track Listing: Log O' Rhythm; Lickety Split; Court And Spark; The Goalkeeper; After You; Lantern Light; Was It Something I Said?;Dear Prudence.

Personnel: Yoko Miwa: piano; Will Slater: bass; Scott Goulding: drums Brad Barrett: bass (8).

Title: Pathways | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Mr. B.G.

Mr. B.G.

Yoko Miwa
Live at Scullers Jazz Club

Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz Poetry
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Pathways

Pathways

Self Produced
2017

buy
Canopy of Stars

Canopy of Stars

Self Produced
2008

buy
In The Mist Of Time

In The Mist Of Time

Self Produced
2007

buy
Canopy of Stars

Canopy of Stars

Self Produced
2007

buy
Fadeless Flower

Fadeless Flower

Self Produced
2004

buy

Related Articles

Read Bright Force CD/LP/Track Review
Bright Force
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Making Other Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Making Other Arrangements
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Music in Motian CD/LP/Track Review
Music in Motian
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Descansado - Songs For Films CD/LP/Track Review
Descansado - Songs For Films
by John Ephland
Published: April 19, 2018
Read Simbiose CD/LP/Track Review
Simbiose
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 18, 2018
Read For Lew CD/LP/Track Review
For Lew
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2018
Read "Soulmation" CD/LP/Track Review Soulmation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "The Deep" CD/LP/Track Review The Deep
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Dedication" CD/LP/Track Review Dedication
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 15, 2017
Read "Agrima" CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 13, 2017
Read "Hudson" CD/LP/Track Review Hudson
by Doug Collette
Published: June 14, 2017
Read "Don't Look Down" CD/LP/Track Review Don't Look Down
by Paul Rauch
Published: March 1, 2018