Release date: 24 September 2021
Available as limited edition vinyl, with online-only exclusives, as well as on CD, MP3 and WAV
Credits and About
Miho Hazama Composer, Conductor
Danish Radio Big Band
Peter Fuglsang Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Nicolai Schultz Alto saxophone, Piccolo, Flute, Alto flute
Hans Ulrik Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet
Karl-Martin Almqvist Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet
Anders Gaardmand Baritone saxophone, Bass clarinet, Flute
Dave Vreuls Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Robin Rombouts Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Thomas Kjærgaard Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Mads la Cour Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Mårten Lundgren Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Peter Dahlgren Trombone
Petter Hängsel Trombone
Vincent Nilsson Trombone
Annette Saxe Bass Trombone
Jakob Munk Mortensen Bass trombone and Tuba
Per Gade Guitar
Henrik Gunde Piano
Kaspar Vadsholt Upright bass
Søren Frost Drums
Produced by Miho Hazama
Executive Producer: Dave Stapleton for Edition Records, Birger Carlsen for Danish Radio Big Band, Hiroaki G Muramatsu for JamRice Inc.
Recording & Editing engineer: Lars C. Bruun
Recording director: Morten Büchert
Mixed on April 6th-8th, 2021 at Sear Sound NYC, New York, NY, USA
Mixing engineer: Chris Allen
Assistant engineer: Steven Sacco
Mastered on April 20th, 2021 at Sterling Sound, Edgewater, NJ, USA
Mastering engineer: Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone
Photography: Agnete Schlichtkrull, Nicolas Koch Futtrup
Album artwork by Oli Bentley, Split
Photos by Nicolas Koch Futtrup
Søren Frost plays Yamaha drums, Istanbul Mehmet cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth sticks
Special Thanks to:
Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and Danish Radio Big Band for their legacy, creativity and inspiration. Dave, Birger and G for making this project happen in a difficult time. Kim, Fimmer, Lene, Nicolas, Morten, Lars, Chris, Greg, Steve, Roberta at Sear Sound, Vicki at Edition Records, John and my precious parents for their generous support.
I Said Cool, You Said…What?
Soloist: Nicolai Schultz (Flute), Per Gade (Guitar)
Your Scenery Story
Soloist: Mads la Cour (Flugelhorn), Hans Ulrik (Tenor saxophone)
Mingle-Mangle Goody Bag
Soloist: Mads la Cour (Trumpet), Henrik Gunde (Piano), Peter Fuglsang (Alto saxophone)
Soloist: Petter Hängsel (Trombone), Henrik Gunde (Piano), Mads la Cour (Flugelhorn)
Soloist: Peter Dahlgren (Trombone), Anders Gaardmand (Baritone saxophone)
On That Side
Soloist: Kaspar Vadsholt (Upright bass), Mårten Lundgren (Trumpet), Karl-Martin Almqvist (Tenor saxophone), Søren Frost (Drums)
Soloist: Karl-Martin Almqvist (Tenor saxophone)
Imaginary Visions is the visionary new album from Grammy-nominated conductor and composer Miho Hazama, featuring The Danish Radio Big Band – one of the leading jazz ensembles in Europe.
For Miho, this album represents a new era as part of a growing and blossoming international career.
“This is a significant milestone-moment for me. Since I have a classical music background, my brain sound has been more symphonic. However, The Danish Radio Big Band changed my perspective. They are so open and enthusiastic to new music. They can play diverse music with organic flow. I am extremely excited to work on this album”
One might expect Miho to struggle with identity: a Japanese musician working in New York and Europe, a classically trained composer with a love of jazz and modern composition, but in fact she doesn’t think about identity – working with people and with music she likes is the important thing.
However the need to “make everything comfortable between people”, to balance the cultural values and musical demands of her work, feeds into her identity as a composer working in these different cultural and musical environments. Her ability to balance her own musical interests with outfits as different as the Metropole Orkest, The Danish Radio Big Band and her New York ‘chamber group’ m_unit symbolises her ability to square the identity circle.
“I live for music”, she says. “My hobby is to go to music shows, I always listen to music, I like to talk about music. Doing something that I like for myself and hoping that this is inspiring and encouraging to others”, this is Miho’s creed.
In 2019, Miho took up a post as the chief conductor of Danish Radio Big Band (DRBB) following in the footsteps of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely (all early influences on Miho’s composing). Imaginary Visions is the first album with the DRBB to feature her compositions exclusively, and so is a career defining statement of her huge talent.
“These compositions are hugely inspired by DRBB members; their tone color, character of playing, strength, uniqueness and authenticity. Also, these are secretly inspired by compositions from the former chief conductors (music directors) of DRBB, such as Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and JimMcNeely. Studying their compositions definitely made me remember their ways of harmony construction, music vibes, forms, rhythmic motives, orchestrations and composition/harmonization ideas. It’s not obvious “copy and paste”, but it is more of my way to explore and digest these master-composers’ ideas.”