1. Composition 1 ~A Ray of Light~ (Yoshino Nakahara)
2. Summertime (George Gershwin)
3. Days (Yoshino Nakahara)
4. Jay Street (Yoshino Nakahara)
5. It Ain’t Necessarily So (George Gershwin)
6. E-Funk (Yoshino Nakahara)
7. Freddie Freeloader (Miles Davis)
8. Composition 2 ~If you’re willing to~ (Yoshino Nakahara)
9. Take Five (Paul Desmond)
Yoshino Nakahara – Piano
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown – Tenor Saxophone
Leon Boykins – Upright Bass and Electric Bass
Peter Kronreif – Drums
Recorded by Rozhan Razman at Riro Muzik / Brooklyn, NY, July 3rd, 2014
Mixed and Mastered by Katsuhiko Naito at Avatar Studios / New York, NY
Assistant Engineer: Yuki Ohnishi
© Copyright – Yoshino Nakahara (888295268097)
“A Ray of Light,” represents Ms. Nakahara’s strong will and transformational journey through music. The album features her readiness to do battle using her combination of femininity and creative intelligence as an accomplished pianist. She cuts through extraneous musical information to get to the heart of the matter: there’s always a “ray of light” after the dark. Ms. Nakahara’s brilliant compositions and arrangements are always ready to “break free” when a musical cliche might be imminent.
Ms. Nakahara recorded this album with three of New York’s finest jazz musicians: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (sax), Leon Boykins (bass), and Peter Kronreif (drums). Their extraordinary performances enhance that “ray of light” that Ms. Nakahara both emanates and follows.
This debut album includes five of Yoshino Nakahara’s original compositions: “A Ray of Light,” “Days,” “E-Funk, “Jay Street” and “Composition 2 ~If you’re willing to~” all influenced by her life in the U.S., plus four arrangements of Jazz Standards: such as “Take Five,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Freddie Freeloader” and “Summertime.”
Yoshino Nakahara’s “A Ray of Light” is jazz redefined, with an array of fresh and forward compositions and arrangements that truly rock!!!
– by Ms. Blu