Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky
Pianist Hiroe Sekine's graceful touch and pleasant musical disposition are apparent from the first downbeat on After The Rainfall, but they don't make this an underwhelming affair. The record certainly has its share of gentle aural pleasantries, but that isn't the end of the story. Fusion-laced revisions of Thelonious Monk, swinging, up-tempo blues, and Brazilian getaways are also part of the package.
Sekine retained the producing services of Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets. He also oversaw the work on her debut, A-mT (Sekai Music, 2010), but moves away from its horn-heavy format here. Much of the music on After The Rainfall is notable for light as a feather yet lively and buoyant rhythm section work, making this both moving music, and music that moves. West Coast studio stalwarts all, drummer Peter Erskine, guitarist Larry Koonse and bassists Darek Oles and Jimmy Johnson underscore this music with conviction and clarity as they follow the course that Sekine has laid before them. ... read more...
Recording information: The Entourage Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA (08/05/2011-08/06/2011).