CD Quality - 16 bit / 44.1 khz On her knockout debut album, Journey To Journey, composer/arranger/pianist Miho Hazama marked the transition from the world of academia to the stages and studios of New York City, her native Tokyo, and the wider world. on October 2 via Sunnyside Records, Time River continues Hazama’s work with her distinctive 13-piece band m_unit, a hybrid of jazz big band and classical chamber ensemble, allowing the composer to draw upon the entire breadth of her influences.Three years later, she returns with Time River, a gorgeous and absorbing new album that explores the way that the intervening years have both seemed to fly by rapidly but also contain multitudes of experience. In addition, the band is joined by accordionist Gil Goldstein and saxophonist Joshua Redman for memorable guest appearances.

“I’ve always loved his playing,” she says, “so it was like a dream come true that he played one of my compositions.” A modern bandleader/arranger can’t help but be influenced by the work of Gil Goldstein, whose work stretches from the Gil Evans Orchestra to recent collaborations with Bobby Mc Ferrin and Esperanza Spalding.

Hazama was particularly taken with Goldstein’s arrangement for Michael Brecker’s 2003 chamber-jazz album Wide Angles, but it was a You Tube clip of his accordion concerto “A World Accordion” that inspired her to reorchestrate “Under the Same Moon” for him.

That piece centers around a singable melody worthy of a pop song, a factor that Hazama has been bringing into greater focus in recent years.

and we can’t wait to see some of the best talent taking the stage to honor the legends.

This year’s honorees are singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia Mc Bride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin.

The show will air on CBS on Tuesday (December 30) at 9pm EST and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert.

The five honorees will be seated alongside President Obama and Michelle Obama in the presidential box of the Opera House at the John F.

“There were moments when I was wondering if time was going forward or backwards or stopped,” Hazama recalls.

“It was as if I was standing still and everything else was going by really fast or slow.