Japan born saxophonist WaKaNa is member of the upcoming band
LUCA and in Korea and China of the band IN YA MELLOW TONE.
Her first solo project is Saxcess Story (2018). The
album was produced by keyboardist Greg Manning, who also
performs on six of the eight tracks.
WaKaNa seamlessly joins the smooth jazz sax community with
the fresh and modern I Told You So. Adam Hawley
adds a funky rhythm guitar beat and Greg Manning delivers a
fashionable environment on keyboards and programming.
WaKaNa's intonation on alto sax is strong, unadulterated and
With elegant beauty WaKaNa absolves the Saxcess Story
in organic conversations of melody and counterpoint. Her
lively music is up to date and will certainly reach the
attention of the smooth jazz audience. Greg peps up the song
with furious solo interludes. Pillow Talk is a
central theme in the smooth jazz genre. WaKaNa shows up with
a very emotional interpretation perfectly supported by Adam
Hawley on his intuitive guitar.
Fly High is a successful collaboration between
WaKaNa, bassist Roberto Vally and re:plus. The latter is
pianist and sound producer Hiroaki Watanabe. His debut album
Everlasting Truth continues to shine as a monument
of the hip hop scene. On Downtown Jam WaKaNa and
trumpet player Gabriel Mark Hasselbach pull out all the
stops showing a solidly constructed horn arrangement.
Wakana seems to have a particularly intimate relationship
with her Hometown, for her song exudes a lot of
heart warmth. Let's Get Together features Péter "Peet"
Ferencz who already celebrated many successes with his group
Peet Project. Their duo is cutting edge and dots the smooth
jazz landscape. Have Never Seen is a beautiful
lyrical composition in performance with guitarist Carlyle
WaKaNa is a new aurora on the smooth jazz sky. Coming from
the land of the rising sun she enlightens the smooth jazz
genre with her radiant talent.
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Title: Saxess Story
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1. I Told You So 4:19
2. Saxcess Story (feat. Greg
3. Pillow Talk (feat. Adam Hawley) 5:24
Fly High (feat. Re:Plus) 4:45
5. Downtown Jam (feat. Gabriel
Mark Hasselbach) 4:15
6. Hometown 5:20
7. Let's Get
Together (feat. Peter "Peet" Feremcz) 5:16
8. Have Never