SENRI OE’S PND / SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS “HMMM” ALBUM HITS THE TOP 40 ON JAZZWEEK, AND #24 ON THE ROOTS RADIO JAZZ TOP 50 CHART
OE CREATES A SPECIAL “CALM, SOOTHING AND FEEL GOOD REMIX” PLAYLIST OF HIS SONGS TO HELP DE-STRESS DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES
New York, NY (March 20, 2020)–SENRI OE’s current jazz trio album, HMMM on PND / Sony Music Masterworks, recently reached the Top 40 on JAZZWEEK chart, and #24 on the Roots Radio Jazz Top 50, marking the former Japanese pop star – turned jazz musician’s career jazz charting debut. Additionally, during these unprecedented times, in which Oe had to halt his recent February tour of Japan due to the Coronavirus, he has created a new special nine song playlist for fans, calling it a “calm, soothing and feel good remix” which can be heard HERE.
Oe’s “calm, soothing and feel good remix” includes tunes from his various jazz album releases: “The Very Secret Spring” (from the album Answer July; sung by Lauren Kinhan); “When Life Was A Pizza Party” (from the album HMMM); “Scribble” (from the album Collective Scribble); “Boys & Girls” (from the album Boys & Girls); “Indoor Voices” (from the album HMMM); “Ponte Vecchio Bridge Melancholia” (from the album Boys Mature Slow); “Room Hydrangea” (from the album Spooky Hotel); “Answer July” (from the album Answer July – sung by Becca Stevens); and “You & Me” (from the album Answer July).
Says Oe, “I hope this playlist will help listeners feel calm, relaxed and safe. It’s my wish that everyone remember to support and respect each other during these times, and that the world will have peace again very soon. Stay healthy and be positive.”
HMMM, Oe’s sixth jazz studio album, includes nine songs: six trio tracks and three solo piano tracks, with accompaniments by acclaimed musicians — bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Ari Hoenig. Oe’s songs are interspersed with three piano pieces – two interludes (“Freshening Up,” “When Life Was A Pizza Party”) and a postlude (the Christmas-themed “A Fireplace”) – amongst six cuts that showcase his spirited, often lighthearted yet powerfully percussive trademark piano style, as he interacts with the dynamics-filled grooves created by Hoenig and Clohesy. During the recording of the album, Oe’s father passed away unexpectedly, and became the inspiration for several songs on the album – as Oe had been overcome with so many feelings and emotion, that he composed the three solo piano tunes in 30 minutes.
As a pop superstar in Japan in the 80’s and 90’s (who grew up listening to the sounds of Billy Joel and The Carpenters), Oe did a complete turnabout in his career after a backing band member, and friend of his, suddenly passed away. At that point, he decided that life was too short, and wanted to focus on what was important in his life – his first love – jazz. So Oe left Japan and his legion of pop fans to grab a piece of the American Dream, and headed to New York to study at the School of Jazz at The New School. Oe’s jazz albums include: Boys & Girls (2018), Answer July (2016), Collective Scribble (2015), Spooky Hotel (2013), and Boys Mature Slow (2012) and HMMM (2019).
Since his jazz debut, Oe has produced and arranged a collaborative recording by Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer; and recorded with renowned jazz vocal greats Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckmann, Becca Stevens and Lauren Kinhan of the Grammy winning vocal ensemble New York Voices. He has performed at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Blue Note Hawaii, Blue Note Tokyo, Vitello’s in Los Angeles, PianoForte in Chicago, and many more. Aside from Blue Note NY, Oe often performs at New York City venues such as Tomi Jazz, Zinc Bar, The Jazz Gallery, Birdland, Soho House, Smalls Jazz Club and Dixon Place.
The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to interview Senri and listen to this amazing album. Read the article here
Check out links:
JAZZ TIMES – HERE.
JAZZIZ – HERE
MUSIC CONNECTION – HERE
CALFORNIA LIVE (NBC) – HERE
Check out the album HMMM HERE
Check out the video trailer for HMMM HERE
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