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Album Review

Kei Akagi has long been a vastly underrated jazz pianist. On this stimulating quartet set with tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, bassist Charles Fambrough, and drummer Willie Jones III, Akagi digs into five of his originals, Fambrough's "Bright Eyes," and a memorable and lengthy version of Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town." Margitza (whose playing on tenor and soprano sometimes hints strongly at John Coltrane) and the alert rhythm section inspire Akagi to some of his finest playing, stretching the hard bop tradition and creating fresh new music.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Thus far pianist Kei Akagi is best-known as a sideman but his list of credits and versatility are certainly quite impressive. Born in Japan, Akagi lived in Cleveland during a large part of his childhood (from age five-twelve) before returning to Japan. He started classical piano lessons when he was five but was soon also interested in pop and rock music. Back in Japan, Akagi studied philosophy and music, playing piano at high school dances and with his college band. When he was 22 he returned to...
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The Mirror Puzzle, Kei Akagi
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 01 January 1994

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