Mayuko Katakura: Inspiration
Pianist Mayuko Katakura’s 2009 debut album Inspiration immediately impresses. The album kicks off at a rapid pace with “Blues For Tyner”, a tribute to one of her jazz inspirations pianist McCoy Tyner. Right from this fierce opening, Katakura’s amazing technique is on full display with angular, acrobatic lines flying through this up-tempo tune.
In addition to speed, Katakura’s confident jazz piano sense extends to bluesy grooves and touching sensitivity. This is a pianist who plays with a dedication to the music and to those she has been inspired by. The ten tracks on Inspiration, with originals and nicely-arranged standards, make this a well-balanced set with a variety of tempos and moods.
Inspiration by Mayuko Katakura
Mayuko Katakura - piano
Yasushi Nakamura - bass
Carl Allen - drums
Released in 2009 on Pony Canyon as MYCJ-30554.
Japanese names: Mayuko Katakura 片倉真由子 Yasushi Nakamura 中村恭士
Audio and Video
Excerpt from "Blues for Tyner", the first track on this album: