"Gentian" New release from Tomoko Ozawa





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Published on Dec 25, 2014

"Gentian" is Tomoko Ozawa's first album as a band leader, released in January 2015. Available on iTunes, CD baby and Amazon.com.
Get the album here.
US iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gen...
Japan iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/gen...
For physical copies: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tomokoozawa4

For Tomoko's update:

Featured artists:
Milena Jancuric - flute
Juan Garcia Antonio Illanas - soprano sax
Rob Taylor - bass
Noam Israeli - drums
Tomoko Ozawa - voice/piano/music

produced by Vadim Neselovskyi
recorded & mixed by Matt Hayes at Wellspring Sound
mastered by Eric Kilburn at Wellspring Sound

interviews filmed and pictures edited by Jon S. Kim

Tomoko Ozawa’s premier album, ‘Gentian’, exhibits far-reaching compositional influences that blend impressionist melodic gestures with hypnotic rhythmic nuance and the playful improvisation. Ozawa’s pervasive and inviting musical influences are translated by the group’s organic execution.
Several pieces, including the title track, ‘God made a little gentian’, utilize the poetic mastery of Emily Dickinson to guide the listener through the narrative compositions. The time-tested art of Dickinson combines with the sensitive performance of Ozawa to create a conceptual attitude that takes the focus from the exquisite technicalities of the music, and offers it to the subtle and introverted depth of the poems.
Alongside the ‘poem-songs’, Ozawa’s trio is highlighted on a number of instrumental tracks. Her supportive rhythm section maintains loyalty to the greater arc of the album as a whole, and creates an enveloping bed on which Ozawa’s deliberate and tranquilizing piano playing is laid.


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