Chiemi Nakai

Ascendant (Music Roots Records)


Nakai moved from Osaka to NYC to study at Queens College. Since then, she had toured Europe with the “New York All Stars Band” (2002) including Jimmy Bosch (tb), Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), Dave Valentin (fl), and played with her own groups in venues including Blue Note, Birdland and Jazz at Kitano. Her 1st album “bridges” was released in 2008 and received the Best Latin Jazz of Award for that year by Latin Jazz Corner. Her 2nd CD “Transformation” was released in 2013. The 3rd CD “Ascendant” was released on March 22, 2019.

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Piano & Keyboards Chiemi Nakai
Alto Sax Alejandro Aviles (2,6)
Flute Alejandro Aviles (5,7)
Tenor Sax Justin Flynn (3)
Vocal Mari Koga (4)
Acoustic Bass Carlo De Rosa (2,4,6)
Electric Bass Carlo De Rosa (1,3)
Ruben Rodriguez (5,7)
Drums Joel E. Mateo (1,5,7)
Juan Felipe Mayorga (2,4,6)
Vince Cherico (3)
Congas Wilson Chembo Corniel (5,7)
Cajon Rafael Monteagudo (4)
Guiro Wilson Chembo Corniel (5)

Track Listing

  1. Your Spirit in the Sky with Hawks
  2. I Will Meet You Again
  3. Ascendant
  4. Volver
  5. Monk's Mood
  6. You Don't Know What Love is
  7. Noche Especial

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