Takaaki: New Kid In Town
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Give this one a listen and you'll understand why we went "outside the classical box."

Composer Bernard Hoffer first heard jazz pianist Takaaki Otomo at a restaurant in New York and was impressed by his musicality, dynamic sensitivity, and beautiful harmonic sense. With bass player Noriko Ueda and drummer Jared Schonig, Takaaki selected five originals, four jazz standards plus one Broadway show tune and two novelties from Gustav Holst's The Planets for this recording. Beginning his training as a classical pianist Takaaki switched to jazz when he was a teenager and won first prize in a jazz competition in Japan in 2007. He moved to New York City in 2014. Originally from Japan Noriko Ueda began playing the electric bass, then switching to upright bass at age 18. She is a graduation of the Berklee College of Music where she majored in jazz composition. She has her own trio and quartet and has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club. She won the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize in 2002. Hailing from Los Angeles, drummer Jared Schonig studied at Eastman where he won seven Downbeat Student Music Awards. A favorite among vocalists, Schonig tours with Grammy Award-winners Kurt Ellling and The New York Voices. He is in demand as a drummer for studio recordings and session work.
Contents:
Takaaki Otomo, composer
Evening Glow
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Bernard Hoffer, composer
New Kid In Town
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

John Lewis, composer
Django
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Noriko Ueda, composer
LullWater
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Neil Hefti, composer
Repetition
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Bob Merrill, composer
People
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Gustav Holst, composer
Mars
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Takaaki Otomo, composer
Grandma's Song
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Dave Brubeck, composer
In Your Own Sweet Way
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Thad Jones, composer
To You
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Bernard Hoffer, composer
Rush Hour
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Gustav Holst, composer
Venus
Takaaki Otomo, piano; Noriko Ueda, bass; Jared Schonig, drums

Review:
Review to come.