10 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having gained a strong foothold in New York as a tested sidewoman with top players, Japanese pianist Miki Yamanaka steps out as a leader on Miki, a mostly original set. Her poise and technique are impressive alongside Steve Nelson, one of jazz’s finest vibraphonists, who adds radiant color and effortless swing on six tracks (including a ravishing duo treatment of “For All We Know”). Bassist Orlando le Fleming and drummer Bill Stewart play Yamanaka’s fine, often enigmatic tunes with tremendous facility—from the intricacies of “A Fake Hero” and “Wonder” to the relaxed, swaying pace of “Book.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having gained a strong foothold in New York as a tested sidewoman with top players, Japanese pianist Miki Yamanaka steps out as a leader on Miki, a mostly original set. Her poise and technique are impressive alongside Steve Nelson, one of jazz’s finest vibraphonists, who adds radiant color and effortless swing on six tracks (including a ravishing duo treatment of “For All We Know”). Bassist Orlando le Fleming and drummer Bill Stewart play Yamanaka’s fine, often enigmatic tunes with tremendous facility—from the intricacies of “A Fake Hero” and “Wonder” to the relaxed, swaying pace of “Book.”

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