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Mayuko Katakura: Faith
Faith is the second album from Mayuko Katakura, an amazing jazz pianist with an impeccable touch that echoes jazz piano legends. Listening to Katakura, one can sense the fondness and appreciation for players like McCoy Tyner and Sonny Clark. In fact, the album’s wistful ballad “Blue Sonny” was written for Sonny Clark by Katakura.
This straight-ahead jazz trio is marked by warmth between the musicians, who agreed to not over-arrange the recording session and have faith in the group and their love of jazz. Simple and irresistable, the group jumps in and swings hard together with skillful agility over five of the pianist’s originals and five jazz covers. The resulting sense of relaxation allows their individual mastery and group cohesiveness to produce exciting results, proving their faith to be well-rewarded.
Faith by Mayuko Katakura
Mayuko Katakura - piano
Rodney Whitaker - bass
Carl Allen - drums
Released in 2010 on Pony Canyon as MYCJ-30578.
Japanese names: Mayuko Katakura 片倉真由子
Audio and Video
Excerpt from "Mrs. Parker of KC", the first track on this album: