Born: August 10, 1960 Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Japanese Smooth Jazz artist Shigeki Kawahara, you could say, is an internet success story that continues to be told. A very accomplished keyboardist/pianist, he began recording music in 1995 and released his first CD (and to date only full album) “Another World” in 2005. He had been doing music on the side while his day job as an economist takes him around the world. The convenience of the internet however, allowed him to release his music via the world wide web, catching the attention of FM DJs abroad. The album was an online success leading Shigeki to form the jazz trio TIG (Three In the Groove) with Toru Ishiwata (guitar) and Hiroki Ide (drums). Previews of their music can be heard online on his myspace and lastfm pages. Kawahara’s and TIG’s music is reminiscent of smooth jazz legends like Joe Sample, Bob James and FourPlay. (original review by “DJ Aki” of JIN Radio)...
Awards:"Belive" by Sumire, arranged by Shigeki Kawahara, Grand Prix at "Pizza Hut Band Contest 2007".
Record Label: CD Baby. Also available from iTunes Store and Amazon Download.
Released on December 29th, 2005
Tracks: The Streamliner; Snap Out of It; Night Flight; Jam of Q; Midtown Blues; I Don't Know Why and How; Bigband Blues; Another World.
“Another World” has been constantly on the play lists of Jazz Radio stations in USA and Europ including Bay Smooth Jazz (1.FM) and SwissGroove. Yes, he is a Japanese. But his music is appreciated by wide varieties of listners from all over the world. The style of music is very smooth, polished, and still suprisingly soulful. It is more of a groove of contemporary jazz rather than smooth jazz. If you like “fusion style in ’70s-80s” such as music of Joe Sample, you will like this album as well.
Peter Boehi, DJ of SmoothVibes Radio wrote:
"I added your track "Night Flight" to our playlist because it fits very well and I like the vintage touch of the song."
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