Sayuri is quickly gaining recognition in the jazz world as both an instrumentalist and a composer. Her compositions have been recorded by Benny Powell and Randy Johnston. In 2005 she produced and released her debut CD, Flashback (Fever Pitch Productions), co-produced by Benny Powell. Joined on this recording by bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Gene Jackson, Sayuri weaves a rich array of musical influences – classical, Latin, pop, and Japanese folk music – into a highly sophisticated and expressive jazz fabric. Her touch at the keyboard is at times strong and percussive, at other times light and delicate, and her playing is crisp, yet always lyrical. Throughout this CD her trio exhibits remarkable unity and cohesiveness, performing challenging pieces by Randy Weston, Thelonious Monk, Frank Foster, and Dizzy Gillespie, along with four of Sayuri’s original works. As jazz veteran Benny Powell predicts, “Sayuri Goto has a big future ahead of her.”

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