Albany Records, 2017CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 24.4

Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Japanese pianist, composer and arranger Takaaki Otomo is now based in New York City where he’s performed at several venues as a leader and sideman.“The New Kid in Town“is his debut recording as a leader and Otomo uses it as a platform to unleash his poised prowess. He has an abundance of talent but doesn’t flaunt it. The fleeting passages seem effortless until you try to duplicate them! Noreko Ueda (b) and Jared Schonig (d) round out the youthful trio. The program is a combination of originals and covers. We liked “Django”, “Repetition”, Ueda’s “Lull Water” and “To You”. Otomo is off to a great start!


Publicist: Jazz Promo Services