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Reviewed by Jesse Austin

Miho Wada: Bumpy Road

Reviewed by Jesse Austin

Miho Wada: Bumpy Road

Having pumped out three releases since April last year, Miho Wada (flute, alto sax) is back with ‘Bumpy Road’ – written and recorded while pregnant. There is nothing in the way of Wada getting her music out there. Supported by a range of musicians from Miho’s Jazz Orchestra, including husband Pascal Roggen (violin, guiro), Andrew Rudolph (guitars), Eamon Edmundson-Wells (bass) and Jared Desvaux de Marigny on drums, along with additional instrumentation from several others, Wada proves that her study at Canterbury University has paid off, her expertise shining in the diversity of tracks. When The Sun Goes Down provides a bluegrass shuffle for Wada to place catchy melodies over top. Okinawa Daydream shows off her lyrical playing, as well as Roggen’s beautiful violin phrasing. Mapua Funk does exactly what it says and funks it up, giving Wada a chance to showcase her alto saxophone skills. Recorded and mixed by Olly Harmer at The Lab, mastered by Don Bartley at Benchmark, this album provides a great fresh take on flute music and something to get you in good spirits.

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