Three established musicians form Les Komatis, a rich fusion of jazz, pop, and Brazilian influences creating thrilling, moving music.
Voice, flute, and piano fill the aural landscape, with hand percussion adding a visceral rhythmic catchiness. Starting with Akemi Ohta’s “Spur”, darting melodic lines weave over heavy piano riffs and harmonies on several songs, while other songs set sensitive moods with ballads and bossa. The musicians even add their voices in chorus at one point (the passionate “Little Wing”), permeating listeners with soulful warmth.
Alongside songs sung in English, Japanese, and Portuguese, the vocalist Nobie often features her voice as instrument, wordlessly doubling and counterpointing the tandem flute and piano in complex arrangements and soaring improvisation.
With jazzy originals, comfortable ballads, and two powerhouses from McCoy Tyner adding energy, and the album closes with a Zen-like mysticalness on the final track, Mayuko Katakura’s deep “Mugen”.
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- Nobie – vocal, voice, percussion
- Akemi Ohta · 太田朱美 – flute, alto flute, percussion, chorus
- Mayuko Katakura · 片倉真由子 – piano, Rhodes piano, chorus
Additional musician Nobumasa Yamada joins on percussion.
Released in 2015 on F.S.L as FSCJ-0007.
Audio samples from this album are available: http://bowz.shop-pro.jp/?pid=86156320
* Audio sample at top of page is an excerpt from “Spur” (by Akemi Ohta), which opens the album.