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James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016

Read "James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by James Nadal

Having had the honor and pleasure to review over eighty records in 2016, choosing a dozen is a difficult task. There are featured blues and soul vocalists, which are maintaining the significance of these genres alive with the authentic talent and dedication required. Included are stimulating offerings from innovative fusion and experimental artists, as well as ...

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Taeko Kunishima: Iridescent Clouds

Read "Iridescent Clouds" reviewed by James Nadal

There is an atmospheric element which Japanese musicians inherently weave throughout their compositions, giving their music a singular dimension which is readily identifiable. Acknowledged for her trademark lyricism, pianist Taeko Kunishima reflects upon the wonders of nature on Iridescent Clouds, offering elegant improvised passages encased in a meditative concept.

Accompanied again by Clive Bell, ...

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Take Five With Taeko Kunishima

Read "Take Five With Taeko Kunishima" reviewed by Taeko Kunishima

Meet Taeko Kunishima:
Taeko Kunishima started playing piano at seven. Particularly taken by Mozart and Beethoven, she later studied classical piano performance at university. On hearing Miles Davis for the first time, her direction changed, leading her to explore the music of many different jazz artists, and to develop her own improvisatory technique whilst ...

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Enter The "Taeko Kunishima - Late Autumn" Giveaway At All About Jazz!

Enter The "Taeko Kunishima - Late Autumn"  Giveaway At All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Taeko Kunishima - Late Autumn“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on September 29th. Click here to enter the contest

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Good luck! About Taeko Kunishima
Taeko Kunishima started playing ...

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Taeko Kunishima: Late Autumn

Read "Late Autumn" reviewed by Lewis J Whittington

Taeko Kunishima's Late Autumn starts with a wandering solo entrance that engages the composer/pianist's stream of jazz style. It instantly feels both musically liberated and firmly rooted in multi-era reverence. This prologue, “To the Hebrides," open an otherwise freewheeling narrative by Kunishima and her dazzling lineup.

After the opening track the set ignites with the ...

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Taeko Kunishima: Late Autumn

Read "Late Autumn" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Pianist Taeko Kunishima's third record, Late Autumn, is an exciting work full of intriguing compositions, diverse instrumentation and top-notch performances. Any one or two of these attributes, as manifested on this album, would be enough to carry the day, but the presence of all three makes for a must-hear release.

Kunishima's compositional skill ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Taeko Kunishima's New Album "Late Autumn" is out Now on the 33Jazz Label

Taeko Kunishima's New Album "Late Autumn" is out Now on the 33Jazz Label

Taeko Kunishima's third album finds the pianist (born in Shizuoka, Japan, now based in London) in a mood both lyrical and risk-taking. These nine original compositions fully display Taeko's way with a melody, but this is jazz with a thoroughly contemporary sound. Opener “To The Hebrides" is a meditative piano solo, quickly followed by the driving riff ...

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Taeko Kunishima: Red Dragonfly

Read "Red Dragonfly" reviewed by Nic Jones

Taeko Kunishima and her quartet have largely managed to avoid a lot of the well-covered ground in the modern mainstream area, and in so doing she's carved out an identity for herself both as a composer and a piano improviser--while the group, admirably suited to the subtle, implied demands of her music, has succeeded in carving ...

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Taeko Kunishima: Red Dragonfly

Read "Red Dragonfly" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

You always hear about the “sophomore jinx," referring to an artist's difficulty in coming up with a second recording that at least matches, and hopefully surpasses, his or her debut. That's seems more a problem in popular music, where the talent pool is considerably shallower than in the jazz world.

Japanese-born and now London-based pianist ...

Taeko Kunishima: Space to Be...

Read "Space to Be..." reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Don't let the cover art fool you--it looks as though it would be right at home on the front of a drifty New Age set of sounds. But Space to Be... claims its spot in the mainstream jazz category, taking inspiration from a batch of influences: straight-ahead jazz, modern classical and Japanese folk songs.

Pianist ...


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