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Yoshiko Kishino / Fairy Tale

Yoshiko Kishino / Fairy Tale

by Hajime 22. January 2007 23:05



New arrival at Eastwind Import!

Yoshiko Kishino is one of the most celebrated jazz pianists in Japan. Her obvious first influence was Bill Evans, but she has developed her own lyrical and tender style over the years. She is also a very talented composer and arranger.

When this debut album was issued in 1995 by the fabled GRP label, jazz fans in her native country--including yours truly--were pleasantly surprised. Virtually unknown until then, she went to New York and recorded with the best of the best: Eddie Gomez and Marc Johnson on bass, Lewis Nash and Peter Erskine on drums, and Michael Brecker on tenor sax. No, it doesn't get much better than that!

As she was heavily influenced by Bill Evans, it must have been a dream come true--thus the album title--and also a daunting task for her to play with Evans' two former bassists. But not only she held her own against these formidable musicians, in my opinion she created one of the best piano jazz albums in the 1990s.

Listen to her "duel" with the powerful Eddie Gomez on the opening "Beautiful Love" when Lewis Nash, who also adds a great brush solo here, lays out for a chorus. Listen to her strong sense of swing on Evans-composed "Funkallero." Impressively, Kishino also wrote four originals and arranged all songs.

Superbly recorded and mastered with JVC's 20bit K2 Super Coding system, this wonderful CD will please audiophiles as well. Very highly recommended!

Available for order at Eastwind Import

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