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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 studying jazz harmony. Since moving to England, she has continued to evolve and develop her startling, angular contemporary jazz approach, echoing Thelonius Monk and influences of her native Japan. Alongside her work with many UK jazz artists, she has also been working with musicians from many different cultures and countries, and has built up an impressive range of musical partnerships, ranging from Latin pop to electronic music and contemporary classical music

Iridescent Clouds

Label: 33 Jazz
Released: 2016
Track listing: Blue Clouds; In Search Of Time Lost; Iridescent Seashell; Secret; Lighthouse In Winter; Oak Tree Rustles In My Mind; Everything Is In The Air; Volcanic Rocks.

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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 (Following Taeko Kunishima at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! About Taeko Kunishima Taeko ...

Late Autumn

Label: 33 Jazz
Released: 2011
Track listing: To The Hebrides; Return To Life; The Waves; Kimie; Spring Rain; Rain Sketch; Dusk; Promise; Late Autumn.

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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 ...

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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 ...


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