I am very humbled and excited to announce that my first jazz composition studio album “Dialogue” will be released (both digital and physical formats) in summer 2019. This record consists of ten original compositions I have written for vibraphone, piano/electric keyboard, bass and drums. Each composition in this album is based on my personal reflections on various subjects.
These pieces also portray my musical interests and influences on multiple styles, ranging from Straight Ahead, Afro-Cuban to Hip-Hop, Ballad and Traditional Japanese music.
In July 2018, I conducted two days of recording sessions at Roxi Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I finished overall tracking of all the pieces. I also recorded a grand piano for some of the pieces at Creation Audio in Minneapolis on March 2019. The ensemble features Christopher Varga on vibraphone, Eric Hitt on bass and Justin G Jones on drums, and I am very grateful for their exquisite musical contribution on this record.
Dialogue (Album Release Teaser)
Personnel: Masa Ishikawa (piano/keys), Chris Varga (drums), Eric Hitt (bass), Justin G Jones (drums)
All compositions written by Masa Ishikawa