Flowers On The Hill is a beautiful album of tender and impeccably delivered music from the vocalist Akiko Suda. The album features lovely original compositions as well as a balanced mix of jazz, bossa, and pop standards done in a loving and artistic way with creative arrangements.
The talented backing band plays sensitively, at times sounding like a top-notch Brad Mehldau-inspired piano trio, and creates a perfect lush background for featuring Suda’s masterful voice.
The album starts off with four strong, catchy original numbers, moves into jazz material with songs like “Waters of March” and “What a Wonderful World”, and closes sweetly with two pop songs, Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today”.
Leader: Akiko Suda · 須田晶子 · http://akikosuda.wixsite.com/mysite
- Akiko Suda – vocals
- Yuichi Narita – piano, accordion, chorus
- Koji Yasuda – bass
- Yu Kudo – drums, percussion
- Nao Teraya – guitar
- Toyomi Kobayashi – flute, andes
Released 2016 on Diw The Grace DW-1008.
* Audio sample at top of page from “Flowers On The Hill”, which opens this album.