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...

3

Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Jeff Winbush By

Sign in to view read count
There is a certain sublime pleasure in the simplicity of the trio playing piano, bass and drums. The Ayako Shirasaki trio's approach is straightforward and straight ahead jazz at it's best. Blending both traditional and original compositions, Shirasaki is a nimble and facile pianist who knows how to swing like Bud Powell, one of her musical inspirations as well as bop with the best of 'em.

Where you listen is as important as what you listen to, and Some Other Time would sound terrific in an intimate club, a wine and cheese party or staring dreamily out of a window on a rainy day. Shirasaki majored in classical music at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, but her love of jazz brought her from her native Japan to New York City in 1997 where she earned a masters degree from Manhattan School of Music, and studied piano with Kenny Barron.

Ably abetting Shirasaki is bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Quincy Davis, both adept and accomplished musicians. The interplay amongst the trio is dynamic, as evinced how Ueda and Davis set up a potent groove on Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," as Shirasaki dances in and out with her fingers flying across the piano. It's a delightful interpretation that showcases the strengths of all three musicians.

There is nothing showy about the trio's approach. Shirasaki, Ueda and Davis are lively, inspired and proficient players with "Long Ago and Far Away," "April In Paris" and Shirasaki's original, "3 Steps Forward" among the standout moments as well as a solo piano version of "Sophisticated Lady" that does Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington proud.

There isn't a false note or halfhearted effort to be found on Some Other Time in what is one of the most enjoyable and impressive albums of the year. This is an unqualified success and enthusiastically recommended.

Track Listing: Sunrise; 3 Steps Forward; Yosaku; Some Other Time; Oleo; April In Paris; My Man’s Gone; Long Ago and Far Away; Sophisticated Lady; Antagata Dokosa; Peace of Mind; Hope

Personnel: Ayako Shirasaki: piano; Noriko Ueda: bass; Quincy Davis: drums

Title: Some Other Time | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Jan Matthies Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

Ayako Shirasaki
Falling Leaves - Live In Hamburg

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Some Other Time

Some Other Time

Jan Matthies Records
2013

buy
Falling Leaves - Live In Hamburg

Falling Leaves - Live...

Jan Matthies Records
2011

buy

Related Articles

Read Runner in the Rain CD/LP/Track Review
Runner in the Rain
by Troy Dostert
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Cuarteto Europa CD/LP/Track Review
Cuarteto Europa
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections CD/LP/Track Review
Chicago/Buenos Aires Connections
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition CD/LP/Track Review
Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 15, 2018
Read Intelsat CD/LP/Track Review
Intelsat
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2018
Read World Gardens CD/LP/Track Review
World Gardens
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 14, 2018
Read "Weather Walker" CD/LP/Track Review Weather Walker
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 11, 2018
Read "Presence" CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 2, 2018
Read "Murals" CD/LP/Track Review Murals
by Anya Wassenberg
Published: June 6, 2018
Read "More Songs About Error And Shame" CD/LP/Track Review More Songs About Error And Shame
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2018
Read "Music in Motian" CD/LP/Track Review Music in Motian
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 19, 2018
Read "TRIOKAIT2" CD/LP/Track Review TRIOKAIT2
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 9, 2018