“Pianist Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet on Fadeless Flower.” – Jazziz Magazine
“Young mainstream piano trio aim for clean sound, delicate balance, inconspicuous beauty.” – Village Voice
“The pianist has an engaging way of repeating a phrase, drawing the listener in before she lets the melodic flow go free again, telling stories full of concise and beautifully-rendered ideas…. The variety of styles Miwa commands, while maintaining a start-to-finish cohesion of sound on Fadeless Flower, is impressive. A gorgeous and unpretentious set of straightahead jazz.”
– About Jazz
“Her second album as a leader is one of the warmest, most unapologetically lyrical jazz albums of the year… Miwa displays her facility with a variety of styles on this all-original program….what’s consistently impressive is her ability to deliver complex and challenging musical ideas in a compelling and yet frequently gentle and inviting way.” – All Music Guide
“…The Yoko Miwa Trio and it is inviting, melodic and technically appealing. The pianist brings a state of grace to nine vivid compositions which express her many emotions and a rare jazz sophistication.”
– Sounds of Timeless Jazz
Critically acclaimed Japanese Jazz pianist and composer Yoko Miwa’s second release.
In November 2004 Jazziz Magazine wrote: “Pianist Yoko Miwa displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet on Fadeless Flower”
Second CD by Boston based Japanese Jazz Pianist Yoko Miwa. Pianist Yoko Miwa brings a new grace and lyricism to the classic jazz piano trio on her latest release, Fadeless Flower. Miwa’s beguiling style combines a translucent tone, a nuanced touch, and heartfelt lyricism. The album, her second as a leader, features nine varied original tunes. “The songs on the CD don’t fit into any one concept,” she said in a recent Jazz Life interview, “but as a whole they are important to me because they are born from my life. To me the image of the song dictates what the solo should be, that’s why I’m always trying to sing when I play a solo, I mean sing through my piano phrasing.”
Indeed, each one of Miwa’s song-like compositions on Fadeless Flower creates a vivid image, from their titles to the trio’s improvisations. Her delicate touch and subtly of expression enhance an air of beautiful melancholy on “Sorrowful Moon.” Grace, economy, and a keen sense of melody make her solo flow effortlessly from the first lyrical phrase to the striking chords at the climax. “Fadeless Flower,” a waltz taken at a comfortable tempo, features arresting left-hand figures that add rhythmic excitement. Driven along by Miwa’s four-to-the-bar left-hand chords, “Blues in the Cave” combines her artful way of constructing a solo with a down home feeling. This unpretentious sophistication is also a mark of her ballad playing on “Love” and “In My Heart.” Miwa and the trio are at home in a variety of settings, handling the beguine rhythms of “Flood of Tears,’ and the gospel inflections of “Finding the Sun” with the same graceful assurance as straight ahead swingers like “Momentum.”
Yoko has appeared on “Eric in the Evening” WGBH Jazz Radio Show with host Eric Jackson. Yoko’s CD “Fadeless Flower” has been featured on the National Public Radio Show “Jazz After Hours”. Yoko was featured in a live interview on the popular radio show “Voice of America” broadcast in over 250 countries worldwide.