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Miho Sasaki's 'From My Heart' is an intimate, stunning piano album
(Published: July 09, 2021)

Sometimes, the title says it all.

This is definitely the case for Miho Sasaki's emotional and one-of-a-kind release, From My Heart. The artist has developed a really fluent and diverse vocabulary, spicing up her sound with some incredibly articulate vibes, which sets the bar higher in terms of exploring different genres and forming a unique sound.

Miho is a very accomplished pianist, and each song on this album feels like a taste of her incredible skills and dynamic range. The record consists of nine tracks, exploring the subtleties of Miho's smooth jazz-inspired chops and the articulate arrangements that drive her band.

The first song on the album is titled "There Will Never Be Another You." This track is rather intimate in its execution, allowing the piano to stand out while the drums and bass gently accompany Miho in the background.

"How Deep Is The Ocean?" is one of the most expressive numbers on this release, and the arrangement allows the audience to gain a deeper insight into the chemistry between these musicians. The drumming is sublime here, especially the beautifully restrained dynamics and the exciting accents (especially when the ride cymbal hits!).

"Room 81" features a bit of a different twist, going for a bit of a Latin music feel, especially when it comes to the complex polyrhythms in the intro, not to mention the amazing piano parts and the upbeat groove. "Under the Water" feels like a breather, slowing the pace and enabling Miho to focus on a sparse, emotionally driven soundscape.

The fifth song, "I Wish I Were With You," is just as touching and emotionally relevant, creating a sweet sound, which might remind the audience of classic artists such as Chet Baker, only to mention one. "But It's Alright" dives into the more traditional jazz aesthetic, and the piano playing is truly inspirational here, including the stunning intro segment.

"Lush Life" is another stunner: a beautiful track that feels very inspired and moody, the kind of song you want to listen to very late at night, right after the crowd's gone home and there are only a handful of die-hard listeners still at the club, enjoying the music when it's about to get even more intimate and interesting.

The song "Struttin' with Some Barbecue" is one of the most playful tracks on the album, and it is a really fun number to listen to (and I am sure to play as well!) The record comes to a close with "From My Heart," the mesmerizing title track.

More Information: https://open.spotify.com/album/66tfeFQqIvF3MZnA8trBaQ

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