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OUT OF SIGHT

Kiyomi Otaka

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4 stars An excellent and pleasant listening!

Last year our friend from Venezuela Chus suggested Kiyomi Otaka for inclusion, wisely the collabs accepted, but sadly nobody has reviewed any of her albums yet.

Kiyomi Otaka is a very talented musician from Japan, her musical atittudes began when she was a kid, at the age of 6 years she started to play the organ, nowadays we can say she is a really trained organ (and keyboard) player. She has released so far (if im not wrong) 5 albums, being Out of Sight her third effort, and my introduction to her music. Let me tell you that she has played with several better known musicians, an example is that Dave Weckl is the drummer on this album, with that said, i would like to invite you to listen to Kiyomiīs great music, and in particular this album, released in 2001 and which contains 8 songs and a total time of almost 40 minutes.

As you guess (since i mentioned Weckl is in the album), her music is oriented to the jazzy side of prog, but i wouldnīt call it jazz/fusion itself. The album kicks off with #26, as a pure jazzy album the band consists of 3 people, keyboards, drums and bass, since the beginning of this song you will notice the exquisite organ playiing of Kiyomi, and itīs obvious that her keys are what lead us to enjoy the music, of course Wecklīs drumming is exquisite as usual. Still Moment is a soft song that reminds me to some Focus moments (exclude the flute please), the music is really enjoyable, and may put you in the mood, itīs very warm. Bugs is one of my favorite moments here, it begins with the bass jamming of Gary Willis, then Kiyomi and Dave enter simultaneously and create a very cool song, though i wouldnīt say her playing is superb nor call her a virtuoso, itīs not a lie when i say she is a trained musician, you will notice it immediately. Departure starts a little bit heavier, the style within the songs is pretty alike actually, i would say she has found her own style, and thatīs a big deal, here we will find great bass playing and a cool interaction between the members. Like a Sandglass the bass is the first you will hear in this song, along with some keys atmospheres at first sight, this song is maybe the softest of them all, Willisī bass sound is clean and makes the song even better, your ears will feel pleased with it. Central Junction is yet another funky and jazzy song, that again puts you in the mood, the playing of the 3 musicians is excellent, there is an exceptional bass playing here, and Kiyomiīs keys are always in the right place even there are some solo moments that are incredible, it is not a superb thing, but i really like it. Kidīs Doors starts a bit heavier and with a sound closer to the fusion style but then it slows down a bit and makes a sound now closer to the symphonic one, the drumming is excellent, this is also the shortest song of the album. Comodore Funk is the one that finishes it all, the lat song of an album which follows the same style and line in all of itīs songs, there are no weak moments, nor oustanding ones, as the title of this song says this is another kind of funky jazz, itīs nothing new, actually a song alike to the previous one.

I particularly enjoy a lot listening to this album, i donīt feel tired of listening to the same style, on the other hand, the more i listen to it the more pleased i am, with the talent of Kiyomi Otaka, and of course of Weckl and Willis Give a listen to Kiyomi Otaka, you wonīt regret, 3.7 stars...so 4 Enjoy it!

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Posted Thursday, July 03, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars This is a high caliber album jazz rock orientated ,performed by 3 aces in the most spectacular way possible!Just think at the fury and unleashed passion of NIACIN and you'll have this album!When we look at the line-up-it's almost scarry to have the mighty DAVE WECKL on the drums plus the bass phenomenon GARY WILLIS together and the wonderful Hammond organ lady KIYOMI OTAKA in the same place and time!The satisfaction is guaranteed and the expectations are more then fulfilled and accomplished!IOUT OF SIGHT is the fruit of the musical passion of this 3 super musicians gathered together for something trully historical!I repeat-when we listen this kind of album ,we are wondering ourselves how far the musical wizzardry can go and if there are some human boundaries in musicianship and virtuosity?The answer is so simple and direct-FUSION JAZZ ROCK MUSIC DOESN'T HAS ANY LIMITS!This album is an ear candy and the display of the fantastic musicianship of the 3 magicians here is mindblowing!From furious fusion and agressive tracks to midtempo ones and quiet moments-each musician has his interventions in the song,without interrupting the fluency of the tracks,the alchemy being so perfect-the developement of each song is brilliantly made-sometimes in a crescendo form,but always attractive and catchy!KIYOMI OTAKA is simply outstanding on Hammond organ and keyboards-she is a marvelous musician and the simple fact that so high caliber musicians like WECKL and WILLIS are sharing with her this album-proves that women can really play virtuoso music and fusion at the highest level possible!Miss Otaka is a very respected and accomplished musician in his home country Japan-she played with monster musiciand from his country-guitarist KOICHI YABORI or drums phenomenon KOZO SAGUNAMA from FRAGILE among others!The sound on SIGHT OF HAND is perfect and the cohesion of the musicians is magical!I think that this kind of album is a true musical event,a happy moment in the history of music and we have to thank to this out of this world musicians-that they offered us a piece of their tremendeous talent !All our respect and endless admiration for a superbe and perfect album!5 STARS without any hesitation!

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