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Chiemi Nakai: Ascendant

Read "Ascendant" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Unleashing her third album as leader, pianist/composer and arranger Chiemi Nakai delivers her best outing to date, melding jazz, the Latin sound and elements of Japanese pop. Containing mostly original compositions from the artist, Nakai also includes a couple of fresh re-arranged jazz standards from Thelonious Monk and Gene De Paul. The Latin tinge is present throughout the music, sprinkling a spicy tone all over the album, and quite nicely at that. Of course, Nakai's musical support ...

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Chiemi Nakai: Transformation

Read "Transformation" reviewed by Edward Blanco

New York-based pianist Chiemi Nakai is a native of Japan who began her musical journey in training as a classical pianist but preferred the sounds of Afro-Cuban and other Latin music. Moving to the Big Apple in 1998, Nakai began her professional career performing and touring with international Latin music stars, formed her own group, Chiemi Nakai & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project and then teamed up with Latin jazz percussionist Emmanuel Bizeau and recorded her debut album Bridges (Self-Produced, 2008). ...


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