Chieko Yano, 2007, CD
Instrument: Female Vocals
Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O’s Notes: Yano took residence in Chicago ten years ago and since then, she’s been fusing her Asian culture and a wide array of moods with classical and pop elements in her jazz performances. We get a taste on Blue Sonata, a good mix of originals and classic covers. She likes using blue vocal tones notably on the title track and “Someday My Prince Will Come. We found some bossa nova on “Should I Wait For” and “Once I Loved”. Chieko sings, plays piano and guitar. Her band includes Geof Bradfield (sax), Tom Garling (tb), Noritaka Tanaka (d) and a few bassists, most notably Matt Young who has a strong solo on “Koujou No Tsuki”. We liked Yano’s piano work on “Like Someone In Love” and her vocals on the blues of “Foie Gras At The Motel 6”.
Publicist: Chieko Yano