A very thoughtful piece of work. New York meeting with Japan; Laurie Anderson meeting with fusion.
Maki reveals an enviable zest for minimalistic yet harmonious avant-garde scenarios, supported by evocative jazz quotations.Plus of course the fortunate gift of a deeply suggestive voice.The electronic bits framing the album never interfere with its lyrical breath. A somber, nocturnal title-track (Justice And Judgement) has the piano atmospherically setting the tone; in ‘Crucible,’ scales multiply into a delicate cascade of Japanese taste (and echoes of Debussy?) then blend into a breeze of syncopated drumming.
Maki Mannami’s soulful and self-contained debut-album is a little piece of jewelry.