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Senri Oe - Answer July (2016)

Artist:Senri Oe
Title:Answer July
Year Of Release:2016
Label:Pnd Records
Genre:Jazz Vocals
Total Time:35:29
Total Size:195 MB
WebSite:Album Preview Today, 14:42


1. Tiny Snow (5:50)
2. Answer July (4:26)
3. Without Any Moon Or Rain (3:17)
4. Just A Little Wine (6:23)
5. You And Me (1:39)
6. The Very Secret Spring (4:08)
7. Mischievous Mouse (5:23)
8. Garden Christmas (4:17)

A veteran pianist and composer, Senri Oe enjoyed a long and successful reign as a pop star in his native Japan before he realized a childhood dream by moving to the Big Apple in 2012 to study jazz. For many of his longtime fans, Senri's lyrics are the reason they fell in love with his music. A critic favorably compared Senri with the acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami, citing a similar Western-influenced blend of the surreal and the whimsical.

Since Senri doesn't write lyrics in English, he sought out wordsmiths on a similar wavelength to provide words for his new original tunes. Becca Stevens crafted lyrics for the title tune, Answer July, to go with an instrumental Senri had written in homage to his favorite poet, Emily Dickenson. Lauren Kinhan's words to "The Very Secret Spring," a sensitive ballad evoking a long-ago love, were also Dickenson inspired.

Nature metaphors pop up in the songs throughout Answer July, including on the title track, featuring Senri's mellow piano accompaniment as vocalist Becca Stevens demonstrates her surefooted way with a tune.

"Without Any Moon or Rain" kicks off with a Monk-ish intro then swings into a lively vocal duet from Lauren Kinhan and Dylan Pramuk, and a cooking tenor solo from Yacine Boulares.

Other Answer July highlights include Theo Bleckmann's tender vocal on Jon Hendrick's words to "Just a Little Wine." Hendricks also penned the lyrics for the charming bop of "Mischievous Mouse," showcasing singer Sheila Jordan in top form, with background vocals from the New School Singers adding texture. In fact, the words were crafted with Jordan in mind, as she shares a birthday with Mickey Mouse, the tune's title character.

Senri Oe - Answer July (2016)

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