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Letter To N.Y.
Artist: Senri Oe
Format: CD


Rel. Date: 10/06/2023
UPC: 195269097462

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Japanese Mega J-Pop Star Turned Jazz Pianist Senri Oe's homage to his new home base in New York City which has been home since 2008.


New York City is special to Senri for a variety of reasons, starting with its bustling mix and intermingling of global cultures and the opportunity in normal times to experience all styles of music at any time. Even more dear to his heart and creative development, it's the environment where new creativity flourished and a fresh musical dream took hold, propelling the multi-talented artist's evolution from onetime young J-Pop superstar to one of contemporary jazz's most dynamic and innovative pianists and keyboardists.


Since launching his recording career with his PND Records debut Boys Mature Slow in 2013, he has been on a roll through a variety of ensemble and solo settings, culminating in his debut solo piano album Boys & Girls (2018) and Hmmm (2019), a trio session with drummer Ari Hoenig and bassist Matt Clohesy. Senri's other albums include the full big band date Spooky Hotel (2013), Collective Scribble (2015) and Answer July (2016), which featured jazz vocal greats Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckmann, Becca Stevens and Lauren Kinhan of the Grammy winning vocal ensemble New York Voices.


The pandschmemic and resulting lock-down may have kept Senri from performing live and playing with other musicians, but it couldn't stop his creative flow either during the first months of the pandemic or later in January 2021, when he started composing the bulk of the tunes that evolved into the different "pages" of Letter to N.Y. Where some might have seen limits to recording at home with only an upright piano, electric keyboard and the Logic Pro X music app on his laptop, he embraced the opportunity to explore - and invite some interesting "guests" to his workspace to create what he affectionately calls "the jazz songs people all over the world can hum."

Senri Oe - Letter To N.Y.