”Second CD released on March 20, 2012”
Hiroe’s second album, After the Rainfall, is a collection of her unique originals plus Brazilian songs, jazz standards, and a Beatles tune. The title suggests a sequel to her 2010 debut CD A-mé (Rain), but Hiroe takes a completely new approach to this set of songs. Without having three horns in front of the rhythm section – like the miniature big band of the first album –she used only one horn, guitar, and a rhythm section this time to create a simpler, lighter, and somewhat brighter sound. She also expanded her universe by adding her own voice to some tracks (including a vocal duet).
For Hiroe, staying with the same direction and style heard on the last album would not have been a thrill. Using these new concepts in making After the Rainfall has rewarded her with real excitement, enjoyment, and the freedom of being an indie artist. In After the Rainfall, each song flows nicely into the next and takes the listener on a journey.
Hiroe Sekine Piano・keyboard・Vocals
Bob Sheppard Tenor・Soprano・Flute
Larry Koonse Guitar
Darek Oles Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Johnson Electric Bass
Peter Erskine Drums・Shaker
Arnold McCuller Vocals
Produced By Russell Ferrante
Engineered By Geoff Gillette
Mixed and Mastered By Carlos Del Rosario
Recorded on August 5 and 6, 2011 at the Entourage Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA