A breath of fresh air! Maya Hatch (b. 1985) has been singing practically all her life. When she spent four years in Japan, her mother's homeland, she worked as a studio vocalist at NHK (Japan's public TV station) at a tender age of 12! Back in Seattle, she caught the jazz bug from great singer and educator Greta Matassa. She went on to study music and liberal arts at The New School in New York, receiving instructions from Jane Ira Bloom, Chico Hamilton and Junior Mance. She recorded this debut CD for Spice of Life a month after her graduation.
Hatch's sunny personality and charming voice captivates from the beginning with the exuberant opener "This Can't Be Love." She knows how to swing! She is also surrounded by the top quality jazz talents of her generation--Gerald Clayton on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Quincy Davis on drums. They may be young, but their technique is very sure, and musically they are mature beyond their years. (Gerald Clayton is the famous son of bassist/arranger/educator John Clayton, and is already nominated for the GRAMMY Award's best solo performance for his 2009 album "Two-Shade" and Ben Williams just won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition!)
With this lovely debut CD, Maya Hatch has shown that she has a lot of potential. We certainly hope to hear from her soon!
今のジャズ界で、こんなにフレッシュな声を他のどこで聴けるだろうか。父にヨーロッパ系のアメリカ人、母に日本人に持つマヤ・ハッチのデビュー作品。ポップス、R & B、ヒップホップなどからも影響を受けた若い世代ならではのポップな歌唱とチャーミングな歌唱が魅力。ジャズヴォーカル界に新風を吹き込んでくれるものと期待されている、伝統と新しさを併せ持ったニュー・スター。ジェラルド・クレイトン・トリオとの共演も光る話題作！
released November 18, 2009
Maya Hatch: Vocals
Gerald Clayton: Piano & Fender Rhodes
Ben Williams: Bass
Quincy Davis: Drums
Music arranged by Takana Miyamoto except Track 5 by Warren Fields and Tracks 1, 2, 8, & 9 by Maya Hatch.
Assistant music direction: Takana Miyamoto
Recorded at Avatar Studios, Studio B in New York City on June 23, 24, & 25, 2009
Mixed at Naito's room at Avatar Studios on June 26 & 27, 2009
Recording, Mixing and Mastering engineer: Katsuhiko Naito
Assistant engineer: Akihiro Nishimura (Avatar Studios)
Studio photos: Takehiko Tokiwa
Cover & Artist photos: Shiro Komatsu
Stylist: Masahiro Murase
Hair and Make-up: OSSAMU
Artwork: Eiji Iida
Artwork coordination: Kazz Kanehiro (L*R)
Producer: Tomoki Sassa (Spice of Life)
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