"Imagination - Solo Piano" by Joe Yamada on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

6 Ratings

Bravo Joe!

Pianoxcape,

Bravo Joe! This is a beautiful album... so many heartwarming melodies - and the piano sounds magnificent! A wonderful piano album from start to finish - well done!

Sounds Gordeous!

Joseph Akins,

With the exception of a Christmas album, “Imagination” is Joe’s first album since “Heartfelt” (2004). I was eager to get my hands on a copy and start listening! It begins with a warm hug from Joe. Appropriately titled, “Straight to the Heart”, the first track is what I would call a straight-ahead mainstream solo piano piece that is a reflection of Joe's friendly and cheerful personality, and it does go straight to the heart.

Three tracks in, “Forever Love” goes even deeper. From the depths of his heart, Joe plays a piano piece that could be described as a love ballad. A gentle melody at the start gives the sign of a new love, but as the music progresses, the rise in dynamics and rhythm show this is no short-term affair.

For the remainder of the album, the pieces mostly alternate between slow gentle ballads and more upbeat cheerful pieces, with the exception of “The Storm”. This epic minor-key composition is full of passion.

Joe has a great sense of timing and feel for the contemporary solo piano genre. His touch is sweet and pleasant to the ear. He has a sound of his own, but at times I hear similarities to Joe Bongiorno, Jim Brickman, David Lanz and David Nevue. I wonder if any of these pianists are influences for Joe.

Like all albums recorded at Piano Haven studio, the sound is superb. Recorded on a Shigeru Kawai, it sounds gorgeous!

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