Album Review: "Letter to N.Y." by Senri Oe (9/10)

P.N.D. Records • Producer: Senri Oe • On Senri Oe’s perfectly titled latest album, the onetime Japanese pop superstar turned acclaimed jazz composer/pianist dynamically captures the restless, soul-stirring energy of the pandemic quarantine era and his enduring love for all the colorful, rhythmically varied musical styles of his adopted hometown. Using a simple arsenal of his upright piano, electric keyboard and Logic Pro X music app, Oe complements tracks specifically influenced by the bustling magic of the Big Apple (“Out of Chaos,” “A Werewolf in Brooklyn”) with more hopeful universal messages about “Love” and the importance of “Togetherness.”