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  • Akiko Yano’s second Nonesuch release draws its appeal from Yano’s unique musical orientations: jazz piano, classical singing, Japanese atmospheric elements, and pop instrumentation. She is joined by, among others, Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden, who complement Yano’s cross-cultural sensibilities to create an album that echoes Steve Reich as much as it does Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. 

  • Akiko Yano was an established force in the Japanese music world by the time she moved to New York and this self-titled Nonesuch debut introduced her to the United States in 1990. A compilation of her best work from the 1980s, the album was described by LA Weekly as music that “expands, contracts, coos and rocks, bustles and blooms,” simultaneously navigating the worlds of pop, rock, and jazz with ease.