Review 


Examiner.com

3/23/12

Rising jazz artist, Hiroe Sekine, releases second CD

“The opening track draws the listener in with an alluring, relaxing piano melody strengthened by the accompaniment of a soprano saxophone.  It’s an invitation that is hard to resist and proves rewarding…Throughout the CD, Sekine takes advantage of a minimalist collection of instruments — one horn, one guitar, and a rhythm section along with her piano — to showcase not only her talent as a performer, but her skills at composition…The concluding piece is a sizzling rock infused cover of Monk’s “Evidence” and is a fitting finale that leaves us wanting more.”-Chris Eiter

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All About Jazz

3/20/12

“Pianist Hiroe Sekine’s graceful touch and pleasant musical disposition are apparent from the first downbeat on After The Rainfall, but they don’t make this an underwhelming affair. The record certainly has its share of gentle aural pleasantries, but that isn’t the end of the story. Fusion-laced revisions of Thelonious Monk, swinging, up-tempo blues, and Brazilian getaways are also part of the package…On After The Rainfall, Sekine finds balance between the breezy and the bold as she establishes herself as a talented composer, pianist, vocalist and arranger.”-Dan Bilawsky

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Something Else!

3/16/12

One Track Mind:Hiroe Sekine, Evidence (2012)

“She has such a knack for arranging and reharmonizing them just so that you can recognize the song, but it feels like a whole new song. Like a nicely restored classiccar…There can be a lot of artistry and creativity involved in recycling old tunes. This version of “Evidence” does well to show off the artistry of both Thelonious Monk and Hiroe Sekine alike.”-S. Victor Aaron

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Soundstage Xchange

2/20/12

Upbeat jazz from Hiroe Sekine

After the Rainfall is her second album, a colorful, gossamer collection that caresses the ear in a beguiling, laid-back manner…Sekine closes the disc with Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence,” giving evidence that she can conjure serious jazz virtuosity when needed. Overall, this CD is upbeat if often gentle, and the recorded sound, produced by Russell Ferrante — a producer and keyboardist for award-winning albums by the Yellowjackets — is exemplary. It would be a shame if you missed it.”-Rad Bennett

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The Jazzpage.com

2/14/12

Raves

“After a impressive debut recording, pianist Hiroe Sekine follow things up with an equally impressive second effort, After The Rainfall …An outstanding effort from start to finish.”

The Jazzpage.com

2/8/12

“…The mode continues in Spoon Key, returning to the angularity of A-Mé’s There is no Greater Love, and Sekine produces a great lead line that dances, pirouettes, and bops along like a champion iceskater on a frozen winter’s lake…a fusionized version of Monk’s Evidence that shows how adeptly this woman operates on all levels. The environment is still Weather Reporty but it’s as though Wayne Johnson had arranged the cut—spiky, outré, convoluted…Sekine, flowing right along with everything, thus shows she knows all the bases and will drop more than a few jaws as listeners progress from the CD’s refined openings to its much more fiery close. Move over, Rachel Z, you’ve got company.”- Mark S. Tucker

FAME

Critical Jazz

2/11/12

Streets March 20, 2012

“The “sophomore slump” is a worry some curse for athletes and musicians alike but not here. Hiroe Sekine is a true Renaissance artists of jazz working as a pianist/composer/arranger and vocalist and all at an incredibly high level of artistic expression. For those of you unfamiliar with Sekine, remember the name…After The Rainfall is the type of stealth recording that could easily fly under the musical radar and that would indeed be a shame. Hiroe Sekine avoids the sophomore slump with ease and her musical stock is an arrow pointing straight up!”

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Midwest Record

2/3/12

“A well done set that easily powers the chill out lounge in your mind. “

 Midwest Record


 

 

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