Personal review of "Molto Cantabile" from Chihiro Yamanaka (2013). In this particular album, given the chosen classical repertoire, the piano takes an important place in the trio unit and Yamanaka really shines. While some pieces are taken from Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt or Rimsky-Korsakov, they certainly all have jazz feelings and a fresh sound. Yamanaka does not simply play classical compositions, she adds her energy and her talent in the jazz arrangements. This album is somewhat difficult to categorize (in fact, do we really need to do this exercice?). Maybe some persons (jazz purists or classical purists) will have some difficulties with it; personnaly I simply love it and I play very regularly this album (and I am not an amateur of classical music). Examples of compositions are "Rondo Alla Turca" of Mozart or "Flight of the Bumblebee" of Rimsky-Korsakov, but reinterpreted by Yamanaka. Another example is her interpretation à la Thelonious Monk of "Fur Elise" of Beethoven, which is simply delicious. From my point of view, that piece is certainly The Highlight of the CD and these arragements have been played often in concert and can even be found easily online on youtube. Just for that interpretation the CD is a must-have. Her virtuosity on "Hanon Twist" is also impressive. In "Liebestraume No. 3" of Liszt, the trio offers interesting interplay between the bass, drums and the fluid lines of Yamanaka. On some pieces she does not hesitate to include Fender Rhodes in the mix. Fans of comtemporary post-bop/mainstream jazz including (very) rapid piano lines will be delighted. Personnel: Chihiro Yamanaka [#piano ] Ben Williams [#bass ] John Davis [#drums ] #jazz#classical#modernjazz#japanesejazz#inmycollection#nowplaying#chihiroyamanaka#benwilliams#johndavis#Mozart#RimskyKorsakov#Beethoven#FenderRhodes#TheloniousMonk#Monk#FurElise#Liszt#MoltoCantabile#femaleplayer#pianist#femalepianist#verve
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