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Tea Times
Onishi Junko's Second Stage & Turnover
Date:31, May, 2017
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Onishi Junko is a Japanese famous female jazz pianist who made her debut in 1993. "Tea Times," her original album released in 2016 tells us what her 2nd stage is.

Tea Times
Released on June 22, 2016

Village Records


01. Tea Time 2
02. Blackberry
03. Tea Time 1
04. Chromatic Universe
05. GL/JM
06. The Intersection
07. Caroline Chapmtier
08. Malcolm Vibraphone X ft N/K OMSB
09. U Know ft OMSB JUMA 矢幅歩 吉田沙良
10. Fetish


All Compose & Edit by Kikuchi Naruyoshi
M-4 Compose by George Russell
M-6 Compose by Hazama Miho
Produced by Kikuchi Naruyoshi



First, we must learn who Onishi Junko is. Or we can't rightly see what "Tea Times" means.

Onishi Junko is a Japanese female jazz pianist who made her debut in 1993, as mentioned before. She'd learnt at Berklee College of Music and played her jazz all over the borderlines, like "Live at the Village Vanguard," her 3rd album was released in 1994.

Nobody doubts Onishi Junko is a representative of Japanese female jazz pianists. However, in 2012 August, Onishi declared to retire from jazz piano. She said "I can still play for myself, but cannot satisfy my audience. And I desire to stay a jazz researcher, not a pianist."

Why did she retire? I'm not a friend of hers, so have nothing to do but infer from her words and actions.

I believe come had the peak of independent creation. She'd created her original albums without any outer producers until 2012. There's no independent perpetual mobile in the world.

In other words, when she uses an outer producer who brings her something new, Onishi can stay a jazz player on the active list. The producer of "Tea Times" is Kikuchi Naruyoshi, a Japanese jazz player who's been familiar with Onishi since 2011 or 2012 thru his radio program. In her returning, Kikuchi's sense was necessary.

As the evidence of my conjecture, Onishi played "Rhapsody In Blue" under the baton of Ozawa Seiji in 2013. Moreover, in 2015, she played piano as a member of "Hino Terumasa & Larry Carlton Super Band" at Tokyo Jazz. In order to stay a player on the active list, Onishi has needed outer senses.

So my conclusion says "Tea Times" is a second stage of Onishi Junko, which tells us how she took up a new course.

I don't mention about what it contains. Without any prejudice, I would like you to closely feel what rebirth of a Japanese great jazz piano queen is.



Jazz Pianist - Onishi Junko Official Web Site




 

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