CHIHIRO YAMANAKA

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b. Kiryu, Japan. Yamanaka played piano from the age of four, studying classical music and was eventually awarded the grand prize of Japan’s Gumma Fresh Talent competition. In the USA, she studied at the Berklee College Of Music, graduating in 2000. She was critically praised, winning DownBeat magazine’s award for Outstanding Performance and the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Sisters In Jazz competition, following which she toured Europe with other winners. Among many artists with whom she has performed are George Benson, Gary Burton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Curtis Fuller, George Russell and Ed Thigpen. In the early 00s she was a member of DIVA, the all-female big band led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, with which group she has played concerts and recorded. Yamanaka also played in the DIVA spin-off quintet, Five Play, with which group she played on Marlene VerPlanck’s 2003 album It’s How You Play The Game. Among read more...
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CHIHIRO YAMANAKA Living Without Friday album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Living Without Friday
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2001
CHIHIRO YAMANAKA When October Goes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When October Goes
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
CHIHIRO YAMANAKA Madrigal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Madrigal
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2004
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Outside By The Swing
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
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Lach Doch Mal
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2006
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Abyss
Post Bop 2007
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After Hours
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
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Bravogue
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
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Runnin' Wild - Tribute To Benny Goodman
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
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Forever Begins
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2010
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Reminiscence
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
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Still Working
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
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After Hours 2
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
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Because
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
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Molto Cantabile
Third Stream 2013
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Somethin Blue
Post Bop 2014
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Syncopation Hazard
Post Bop 2015
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Guilty Pleasure
Post Bop 2016
CHIHIRO YAMANAKA Monk Studies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk Studies
Nu Jazz 2017
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Utopia
Post Bop 2018
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Prima Del Tramonto
Post Bop 2019

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CHIHIRO YAMANAKA The Spheres: Live In Osaka!! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Spheres: Live In Osaka!!
Post Bop 2015

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Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015

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Latin Jazz 2003
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Post-Fusion Contemporary 2007
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Somethin’ Blue Quintet
Post Bop 2014

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CHIHIRO YAMANAKA The Spheres: Live In Osaka!!

Live album · 2015 · Post Bop
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Everyone in the world knows who Hiromi is - Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara was played with Chick Corea in Tokyo when she was 17 and after graduation in Berklee College in Boston (under Ahmad Jamal) she took the world by storm playing high energy technical fusion influenced by Return To Forever legacy. Hiromi is most probably most popular internationally Japanese jazz artist of today.

Much less people outside of her homeland Japan know who is Chihiro Yamanaka, and it's a shame. She is Beklee graduated pianist who leads her own bands (usually trios as Hiromi does) from early 00's. Chihiro released her first album in 2001, two years prior to Hiromi, and in 2015 came with her first ever live release (and her 18th album at all). Being celebrity of sort in home country, she is relatively unknown in Western world. During last decade some her albums have been reissued in US and Europe though.

The main difference between two is Hiromi is a piano power trio leader,playing technical high energy fusion, oriented first of all on neo jazz-rock fans. She started with playing tuneful contemporary chamber jazz, but it was fusion that made her a true star. Each success has its price - trying to continue once reached success Hiromi for some years changes nothing in her music,which with every her new album becomes moreand more repetitive and predictable.

Chihiro Yamanaka played contemporary jazz for years - not polished anemic European chamber jazz,but groovy American one, closer to good pop-jazz.Her roots are all in bop, and there are no album where this influence isn't obvious. During last some years Chihiro turns more and more towards modern post bop, adding all her pop and rock legacy to it as well.

The Sphere is are electro-acoustic trio with electric bassist Dana Roth and drummer Karen Teperberg. Chihiro herself plays piano and some analog keyboards, their music varies from pop-ballads to chamber tuneful songs to groovy post bop and fusion with analog keyboards passages.

Played live in club in Osaka, all music is playful, shining, tuneful and full of joy.There are no really new things here, but the way how it is played will make you smiling. Nothing is repetitive or boring and that feeling recalls times when jazz was not a demonstration of techniques or ambitions,but the source of fan.

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