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by Miles Okazaki

Debut Record
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Theme I
0:47 $0.99
2. Spiral
2:58 $0.99
3. Mirror I
4:22 $0.99
4. Howl
6:16 $0.99
5. Invention
4:48 $0.99
6. Theme II
1:09 $0.99
7. Metamorphosis
3:13 $0.99
8. Halfway
6:18 $0.99
9. Momentum
6:26 $0.99
10. Canon
5:52 $0.99
11. Theme III
0:26 $0.99
12. Improvisation
3:50 $0.99
13. Volcano
7:46 $0.99
14. Mirror II
7:02 $0.99
15. Chorale
4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Miles Okazaki: guitars, percussion, computer
Jon Flaugher: electric and acoustic bass
Dan Weiss: drums, tabla, percussion
Christof Knoche: soprano + alto sax, bass clarinet, harmonica
David Binney: Alto Sax
Miguel Zenon: Alto Sax
Chris Potter: Tenor Sax

full reviews, liner notes, and score available at

on Miles Okazaki's MIRROR:

"The guitarist Miles Okazaki composed all the music on Mirror, his ambitious and involving debut. He also produced the album, created its striking cover illustrations and released the thing himself. . . . Mr. Okazaki has produced a work of sustained collectivity as well as deep intricacy."
-- Nate Chinen, The New York Times "Critics Pick"

"On his ambitious solo debut, guitarist-composer Miles Okazaki has conceived a heady, extended work."
-- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"a dynamic work of ingenuity. This intelligent, unique recording is one of this year's best releases."
-- Mark F. Turner,

"Okazaki achieves an impressive and distinctive sound"
-- Robert Doerschuk, Downbeat

"an intriguing and irrefutably, captivating set"
-- Glenn Astarita, ejazznews

an "audaciously ambitious debut album"
-- George Kanzler, Hot House "Winning Spins"

"a landmark in recorded guitar literature"
-- Rodney Jones

"an impressive self-released CD filled with compositions that are simultaneously complex and catchy."
-- Time Out New York

"a stunning debut . . . as logical as Euclid and as untidy as birth"
-- Mel Minter, Alibi

"for those wanting greater breadth and depth, Okazaki's debut as a leader represents a welcome departure"
-- John Kelman,

"a delightful ear opener"
-- Midwest Record

"Okazaki's self-produced debut release has all the markings of a deeply searching, highly emotional musician"
-- Budd Kopman,

"complex, attractive music . . . compelling and powerful"
-- Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz

"Okazaki's striking new release Mirror showcases an ambitious and far-reaching new talent"
-- Marcus Crowder, Sacramento Bee

"...remarkably intricate compositions...the work of a musician eager to get his career under way."
-- Time Out New York

"Impressive, promising debut"
-- Tom Hull, Village Voice Jazz Consumer's Guide

"In sum, Okazaki has created something new, personal, exciting and accessible despite the complexities roiling beneath the surface. Marvelous."
-- Budd Kopman,, live show review



to write a review

Laurent Coq

15 STARS !!!
Damned, this music is good.

Eddie Shaw

After hearing the free download on "All About Jazz, I bought it. When it arrived and I played it it was even better than I expected. The drummer plays sharp and clean, Miles's approach seems to come from outer space. Everyone on this CD plays with a fresh approach. Track 13 "Volcano," is my favorite. The CD is very intense and at times very funky. I like jazz like this. It's original.

Ali Berkok

This album contains key personnel from the New York jazz scene and is a must-own. Any student of composition should hear Miles, but don't expect it to sound like a textbook - it grooves very hard.

Pierre-Alain Goualch

Master Piece
Brilliant project, intelligent writing and perfect performing.
This album is THE album i listen to everyday and recommand to all my friends and students.
The work of Miles Okazaki, Dan Weiss and the rest of the band in this project is a great inspiration for me.


Phantastische Musik,
gleichzeitig neu, komplex und trotzdem irgendwie eingängig und gut hörbar. Abgefahrene rhythmische Strukturen. Außerdem mag ich den Krakelstyle der Illustrationen. Hoffentlich haben Die damit Erfolg!

Jackye Zimmermann

This CD is a compositional masterpiece.
This CD is a masterpiece. There is so much wonderful about it that it's hard to keep track of it all. I would call it very serious fun. "Serious" means much thought went in to the compositions, the architecture of each piece and then the whole, and that each piece is quite complex. And "fun" means there is one surprise after another, so many that you want to jump for joy. I love the flow from one piece to the next in many parts of the CD. One expects breaks between the numbered items and so the continuity is a surprising feat. I could comment on each piece but I'll limit to a few. Invention--I loved the effect of the drums/percussion (can't tell exactly what instrument it is--maybe just hands?) that makes one think of bird wings flapping. In general, the pieces all have wonderful rhythms. The opening of Metamorphosis is beautiful, I felt like I was in a sacred place. The piece made me very contemplative. In Halfway (very clever title for the middle piece :) the guitare was like a heart beat, the syncopated rhythm has an amazing effect against the clarinet's smoothness, and then the clarinet becomes "wild" to lead to a very quiet guitare solo and then back to the smooth clarinet. Improvisation is excellent, and finally, in Volcano, we get to really hear the artist's guitare. Unlike much of life, this CD shows how a group of very talented people can work together to create a wonderful gift for audiences.

Trevor Pike

Great sounds from a new kid on the block. Don't miss this one!
I was alerted to this release by a fellow music enthusiast in Canada and owe him a debt of thanks for so doing. Miles Okazaki - a new name to me - has put together a wholly engaging & convincing project which showcases his many extraordinary talents. Miles has tremendous technical ability and has carefully selected either an acoustic or electric approach to complement his outstanding compositional skills. These combine a specific NYC sound (especially the tracks featuring David Binney, Dan Weiss and the mercurial Chris Potter) with elements from further afield. Dan is a real fan of the tablas and always introduces them at opportune moments. I love his work with Binney's group and I always enjoy the Binney/Potter collaborations. So many connections, aren't there? It must be great to be part of the New York jazz community. I agree with a previous reviewer's comments about the continuity aspect which presents the music almost as a single suite. The whole concept really works. Congratulations Miles! Maybe you could put a band together and head for the UK sometime. We'd be delighted to see you!