Hiroe Sekine – After the Rainfall

Pianist and composer Hiroe Sekine brings some soothing, ambient sounds with her second release as a leader, After the Rainfall (Sekai Music, 2012). This elegant set offers four original songs and Sekine’s arrangements of titles by the Beatles, Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Thelonious Monk.

Sekine plays acoustic piano, keyboard and provides vocals in the way of wordless chants and lyrics. Her band consists of Bob Sheppard on tenor and soprano saxophones and flute; Larry Koonse on guitar; Darek Oles on acoustic bass; Jimmy Johnson on electric bass; Peter Erskine on drums and shaker; and Arnold McCuller on vocals.

The title song is a delightful piece written by Sekine. Guitar and piano blend for the melody at the beginning. As the song picks up, Sekine’s ethereal vocal carries the lead. The music has an air of David Benoit about it.

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