TAEKO's New Album "CONTEMPLATION" On Sale Now!
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With a nice range of tunes, Taeko delivers with confidence throughout. Standouts for me are the epic ‘Contemplation’, an impassioned ‘I Remember Clifford’ and the Corea/Cohen tune ‘High Wire.’ There’s even a tune by the Stylistics!
~Charles Hussen / Hawaii Public Radio
"A masterpiece. TAEKO's "CONTEMPLATION" sings truth to power with much love."
~Lamon Fenner “Lamon’s Jazz Break at Eight,” WHCR 90.3 FM The Voice of Harlem, NY www.whcr.org
“The spirit and exuberance of a live in-performance session– I kept expecting tumultuous (and well-deserved) applause after each track.”
~Steve Krawitz, “Jazz for the Common Man,“ WESS 90.3 FM
"TAEKO's voice stands out among the many today that attempt to capture our hearts. Her delivery is traditionally cool and yet deliberate and reassuring. With energy that is honest, her lyrics become blissful and luxurious"
~Pete Fallico, KCSM, The Bay Area's Jazz Station
Full-page feature on Hot House Jazz Magazine! (October 2019)
Another Reason to Celebrate - By Elzy Kolb.
Music was her first love, but it took vocalist TAEKO a long time to realize that it can also be a profession ... Read more
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Featured Article on All About Jazz / Scott Thompson 10/3/2019
Internationally-Acclaimed Songstress TAEKO New Album Contemplation Release Show: October 10th At Birdland! Read more
Review on New York City Jazz Record (October 2019) / VOXNEWS by Suzanne Lorge
Since the late '90s, Japan-born TAEKO has been gigging in both New York and her home country, developing a reputation as a confident scat singer and passionate interpreter of classic American jazz and pop tunes. Hew new album, Contemplation (Flat Nine), her fourth as a leader, only solidifies that reputation. She moves effortlessly from an esoteric version of McCoy Tyner's "Contemplation" (with koto accompaniment) to a smoky R&B take on The Stylistics’ "Betcha By Golly Wow" to a charming "Waltz for Debby". The opener, "Ugetsy:Fantasy" uses lyrics from the Earth, Wind & Fire song with the melody of The Jazz Messengers' Japanese-titled standard in a stroke of genius. TAEKO will kick off the album at Birdland (Oct. 10th)
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