Falling LeavesLive in Hamburg,
the stunning new solo jazz piano album from frequent finalist in major U.S. jazz piano competitions Ayako Shirasaki
, will be released by Jan Matthies Records on September 7, 2010.
Shirasaki has been sharing her dramatic improvisational approach with listeners worldwide for the past 10 years, Falling LeavesLive in Hamburg
is her 4th album.
The CD has been recorded on October 17, 2009 at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. The German Jazz Magazine Jazzthetik had this to say about her 2009 tour: World class. Jazz improvisation at the highest level."
Liner Notes by Marc Myers who writes JazzWax.com
, a daily blog that features interviews with jazz legends and commentary on legendary jazz recordings. He also writes on jazz for the Wall Street Journal.
plays with the breeze in her hands, delivering sweeping interpretations with cunning confidence that would make Bud Powell proud."
The album features a mix of jazz classics as well as songs newly-written by Ayako:
2In a sentimental moodDuke Ellington
Four Seasons Medley
5Sakura SakuraJapanese Traditional
6SummertimeGeorge Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
7Falling LeavesAyako Shirasaki
8Sleigh RideLeroy Anderson
9Monkey PunchAyako Shirasaki
10Far AwayAyako Shirasaki
11NascimentoBarry Doyle Harris
Encore Request Medley 1
12MoonglowIrving Mills, W Hudson
13My RomanceRichard Rodgers
Encore Request Medley 2
14Take FivePaul Desmond
15St. ThomasSonny Rollins
Listen to audio samples available now on amazon.com.
Radio add date: September 7, 2010
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September 15th, 2010, NY, USASmalls Jazz Club
CD release party for Falling LeavesLive in Hamburg