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Shoko Nagai

SHOKO NAGAI (Composer/ Pianist/ Accordionist/ Improviser) Born in Nagoya, Japan, Shoko Nagai has been evolving as a professional musician for 20 years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Ikue Mori, Satoshi Takeishi, Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp to name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York's best musicians has performed extensively at the BlueNote, The Stone, Joe's Pub, Vision Festival, Roulette and The Kitchen as well as at other top New York clubs

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kirk Knuffke, Charles Lloyd, FIDOqrtet and More

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Charles Lloyd, FIDOqrtet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode has several excellent contemporary trumpet/cornet/flugelhorn players scattered throughout the playlist: players like Brian Groder (new recording Luminous Arcs ), Dan Rosenboom, Kirk Knuffke, Nate Wooley (with Harris Eisenstadt), Ron Horton and Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground Quartet). Those horns are staples of big bands too, so you'll hear plenty in the music from Sweden's Maluba ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anche in quest'album la sensibile pianista e compositrice di New York, ripropone l'organico degli ultimi due dischi con l'aggiunta del fisarmonicista Shoko Nagai. E nuovamente si rinnova la fragranza delle sue composizioni, dove la tensione jazzistica si alimenta di suggestioni latine o lascia spazio a intime melodie. Dopo essersi esibita professionalmente per un ventennio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this, her sixth album, pianist Leslie Pintchik shows that she can compose distinctive melodies. All of the original compositions she does on this CD are bright and memorable and even the two standards she covers are given surprising arrangements.She establishes herself from the beginning with the uniquely-titled “You Eat My Food." This turns ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leslie Pintchik: You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!

Read "You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If they gave out awards for album titles, this one would surely be in the running for top honors. “You eat my food, you drink my wine, you steal my girl" is a harsh and odd phrase that rolls off the tongue like some sort of backwoods country accusation-turned-lament, but its origins are far more urban ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

In questo disco dai tratti ciclici e suadenti, il violoncello di Erik Friedlander incontra sotto la sigla “Black Phebe" le percussioni di Satoshi Takeishi e la fisarmonica/piano/elettronica di Shoko Nagai. Con grande varietà di approcci e contando su una sensibilità in grado di infondere anche al gesto sonoro più semplice un'angolazione più profonda, i ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Repetition is sometimes seen as a bad thing. The mundane cycle of everyday life involving the same actions. However, it is only through repetition that differences can occur. A weekend is only special because it stands out as a difference from the ordinary week. But repetition is not only useful as a way of appreciating difference, ...

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Ivo Perelman, ESG, Frank London & The Pharcyde

Read "Ivo Perelman, ESG, Frank London & The Pharcyde" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Ivo Perelman Quartet The Stone January 30, 2013 The leader of this quartet is actually its least-known member, outside of the hardcore free jazz zone. This gig arrived towards the conclusion of a fortnight's curation at The Stone by Joe Morris, who played upright bass for Brazilian tenor ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sanda Weigl: Gypsy in a Tree

Read "Gypsy in a Tree" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Anyone who has lived the myriad lives of the Diaspora as Sanda Weigl has, is qualified to speak for the generations of pain and joy, torture and triumph of human life that has come to pass for her people, and the Gypsies as well. Fleeing the repressive regime of Romania and falling afoul of the even ...


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