Yoko Miwa Trio – Canopy of Stars – Polystar Jazz Library

by | Dec 12, 2007 | Jazz CD Reviews | 0 comments

Yoko Miwa Trio – Canopy of Stars – Polystar Jazz Library MTCJ3020, 52:06 ****:

(Yoko Miwa, piano; Massimo Biolcati, doublebass; Scott Goulding, drums; Bronek Suchanek, doublebass on tracks 3 & 8)

A pleasantly pleasing , lyrical piano trio outing.  Ms. Miwa composed the 11 tracks here and they all have a rather simple allbeit sophisticated melodic approach, delivered with great sensitivity.  The whole thing seem more ECM/European in concept to me, but with a more diatonic melodic slant.  The title tune starts out very simply but builds to greater complexty; there’s a slight Asian twist to the melody. This is not her first album, and Miwa shows she is a jazz pianist to be reckoned with.  Good sonics, too.

TrackList: La Estacion, Canopy of Stars, Solitude, Borders, Waltz for Willy, Tango Soledad, Appalachian Trail (North), Behind the Clouds, Secret Sources, The Silver Screen, Appalachian Trial (South)

 – John Henry

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