HIROE SEKINE, A-Mé


Producer Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) enlists three jazz heavyweights, drummer Peter Erskine, tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard and bassist Tony Dumas, to play as equals with the remarkably gifted Japanese-American pianist and arranger, Hiro Sekine, on her debut release, “A-mé,” (“Rain”). A modern traditionalist well versed in the styles of Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, Sekine refreshes the jazz standard by Gigi Gryce, “Minority,” by darkening its melody and its dramatic possibilities, and she playfully juggles the time signature on “There Is No Greater Love,” allowing both tunes to blossom anew. Her love and enjoyment in arranging jazz standards is obvious – she likens it to trying on new clothes, contrasting colors and textures while finding what looks fresh and works best. Her original pieces, especially “Little Monster” and the title track are rich with invention and musical interplay. The fine band includes trumpeter John Daversa and trombonist Bob McChesney but Sekine more than holds her own among these established musicians, playing with zeal and swinging in style. (10 tracks; 66:52 minutes)  www.sekaimusic.com 
  

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JAZZ IN SPACE: HIROE SEKINE, A-Mé

Monday, August 2, 2010

HIROE SEKINE, A-Mé


Producer Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) enlists three jazz heavyweights, drummer Peter Erskine, tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard and bassist Tony Dumas, to play as equals with the remarkably gifted Japanese-American pianist and arranger, Hiro Sekine, on her debut release, “A-mé,” (“Rain”). A modern traditionalist well versed in the styles of Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, Sekine refreshes the jazz standard by Gigi Gryce, “Minority,” by darkening its melody and its dramatic possibilities, and she playfully juggles the time signature on “There Is No Greater Love,” allowing both tunes to blossom anew. Her love and enjoyment in arranging jazz standards is obvious – she likens it to trying on new clothes, contrasting colors and textures while finding what looks fresh and works best. Her original pieces, especially “Little Monster” and the title track are rich with invention and musical interplay. The fine band includes trumpeter John Daversa and trombonist Bob McChesney but Sekine more than holds her own among these established musicians, playing with zeal and swinging in style. (10 tracks; 66:52 minutes)  www.sekaimusic.com 
  

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