Taeko Ota – Walk My Way
Pianist and vocalist Taeko Ota taps into the emotions and struggles of dealing with grief. Her self-produced debut, Walk My Way (2016) presents her thoughts and feelings with nine original songs, two covers and one new song contributed by Shoji Hisamatsu.
Ota is accompanied on most tracks by Masami Ishikawa, guitar; Seth Lewis, bass; and Paul Francis, drums and percussion. Akio Mokuno plays acoustic guitar on two tracks.
The set begins with the lively, dance-friendly “Walk My Way.” The rhythm guitar, bass line and drum play give the song a strong, party vibe. Ota’s lyrical delivery is sunny and warm.