Kayo Hiraki's pianistic ability interprets jazz standards into boppish gems adding a distinctive vocal on some.This is the fifth CD for this artist from Japan. She has appeared at all the major jazz clubs in New York and performed with many of the top stars.
Her worthy constituents on this effort are, to wit: Kayo Hiraki piano, vocals, Pat O'Leary,bass, Matthew Crawford, drums, Ryo Sasaki, trumpet 2&8, Nick Hemptom, alto sax, 2&11
Tunes: You And The Night And The Music, It's You Or No one, So I Love, Autum In New York, Ceora, You Don't Know What Love Is, I Wish You Love, What Is This Thing Called Love, Day By Day, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Crazeology, Dream.
"You And The Night And The Music" A perky waltz opens matters followed by a swinging 4/4 solo that is a happy excursion into the soul of bop. Nice drum accompaniment with no histrionics. Solid interpretation of this beautiful tune.
"It's You Or No One" Brilliant changes grace this number and Kayo is a knockout for sure as she rocks this song into the land where bop abides.
"Autimn In New York" Sasaki's trumpet sweetly greets this tender ballad with a sensitivity that is heartfelt and romantic in the truest sense of the word. Kayo Hiraki comps thoughtfully and solos with passion
"Day By Day" Hiraki's exuberant vocal and some hip scatting highlight this perky track. O'Leary's bass solo is a study in excellence.
There are 12 tunes on this album and each is tastefully done with no thin gruel in the mix. This CD is well worth the price of admission and worthy of any cognoscenti's collection.