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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: PND01CD
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 195269240677
  • Street Date: 09/08/23
  • PreBook Date: 08/04/23
  • Label: PND Records »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 42:37 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Year of Production: 2022
  • Box Lot: 65
  • Territory: WORLD EX JP


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Senri Oe - Class Of 88

Japanese Mega J-Pop Star Turned Jazz Pianist Senri Oe Merges His Superstar Past with Jazz Pianist Present on New Trio Album, Class of '88

Senri Oe - Class Of 88
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Reimagined Hits from '80s and '90s Debut with New Jazz Originals Performed with Bassist Matt Clohesy and Drummer Ross Pederson

It's hard to overstate how famous Senri Oe became in his home country during the '80s and '90s. Picture a J-pop Justin Timberlake playing to stadiums and arenas that the Beatles once performed in. Then leaving it all all behind at age 47 and moving to NYC in 2008 to study jazz piano at the New School of Contemporary Music shedding in practice rooms alongside his 20 year-old classmates for days on end. He was anonymous and dedicated, heeding the call to reconnect with his teenage love of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.

With 7 jazz albums to his name since his 2012 Jazz debut, on his latest album, Class of '88, Oe comes full circle with a piano trio album revisiting several of his classic pop hits, featuring bassist Matt Clohesy (Darcy James Argue, Seamus Blake) and drummer Ross Pederson (Manhattan Transfer, Grace Kelly). The album is at once a surprising look back and a brilliant look at how far the pop star-turned-piano virtuoso has come and opens the door for the millions of fans who adored him as a pop singer and songwriter to share his passion for jazz through these re-imaginings and new compositions that, like his pop hits. have strong, memorable melodies.

Featuring three new tunes alongside Oe's re-imagined classics: the Monk-influenced ballad "Poetic Justice," the alluring Brazilian fantasy "Lauro De Freitas," and the wistful "Class Notes," a beautiful solo piece that serves as the album's nostalgic theme song. While Oe praises Monk as his favorite composer, the gorgeous lyricism in his playing reflects his supreme influence, Bill Evans.



Track Listing

  • Apollo
  • Bamboo Bamboo
  • Poetic Justice
  • I Wanna Live With You
  • My Glory Days
  • Lauro De Freitas
  • Stella's Cough
  • Class Notes
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Time-bouncing Fish
  • Avec

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  • DL Media is handling press
  • Jazzdog Promotion is taking care of radio promotion.

Press Quotes

'Every so often a story comes along that's worth sharing, almost aside from the music itself...Relative to many other jazz piano trio recordings it may come across as simpler but the beauty lies in the melodies and numerous unusual chord progressions.'

     —Making A Scene!

...The album is likeable, accessible and engaging. Given the original source material, the sound and patterns are different from what one may find on many piano trio albums, perhaps more uncomplicated, perhaps unusual, but always melodic...

     —Neil Duggan , AllAboutJazz


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