Optimista CD (1999)
Stasera Esco songs The daughter of pianist/composer Toshiko Akioshi and saxophonist Charlie Mariano has carved out a nice littler career for herself. On OPTMISTA, the jazz-rooted singer/songwriter delivers 13 lovely original tunes, including "Higher," "Full Bottle Of Soul," "Thinking Of You," and "Zurich Samba."
Jazz and soul diva Monday Michiru says goodbye to the millennium on this new collection and shimmies her way, crooning, cooing, swooping, and soaring -- as only she can -- into some new stylistic dimensions as well. While it's true that Michiru has courted Latin jazz styles before, she's never done so with such abandon and intensity as she does here. Even the soul tunes like "Play It by Ear" are kissed by Brazilian rhythms. This record is infectious, from the spunky Lalo Schifrin-style orchestrations of the title track, where Michiru is in fine form, ...