At Footprint Records, we are very proud to present Naoko Sakata’s first solo album, Inner Planets. Over the last years, she has appeared in many different improv constellations on the Swedish jazz scene, but during her ten years in Sweden, Ms. Sakata has also evolved into an amazing solo improviser on the piano.
These recordings were made with Ms. Sakata and a Fazioli Grand Piano at Studio Epidemin, in February 2019. On Inner Planets, you will hear six selected and un-edited takes from this recording session. Per Sjösten made this DXD recording and Naoko played straight from her heart – no compositions. We love it and we hope you will too.
Naoko Sakata can also be heard on the albums Dreaming tree (Naoko Sakata Trio, FR 084) and Thomas Markusson Open (FR 107) from Footprint Records.
Interested in free improvisation? Listen to Harald Svensson’s Undecet (Sketches and Fancies, FR 106).