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5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
Shoshana Michel ,

Beautiful and Magical album!

I recently discovered Joe Yamada streaming on Whispering's Solo Piano Radio and I instantly fell in love with his music. Imagination is a wonderful album. His compositions are heart felt, soothing and relaxing. They can take you where you need to go and heal what you need healed. What he does with simple notes is truly magical. Although I can honestly state that I thoroughly loved every track on this album, the title track, Imagination, is not only my favorite from this album but it is one of my absolute favorite 'New Age' pieces. I highly recommend Joe Yamada's CD, Imagination, as a must have for your music library.

hammerman88 ,

Beautiful from start to finish!

Beautiful, memorable melodies, beautifully played and a beautiful piano sound. What more could you ask for? Add this to your piano collection today!

Joseph Akins ,

Sounds Gordeous!

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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