Eleven years is a long time to be out of the spotlight. For a musician, 11 years between albums usually results in a drastic change in style, sometimes not for the better, or an outdated sound that attracts only die-hard fans. However, Junko Onishi, 42, avoids both these fates because of a couple of factors in her favor: the lack of massive shifts in style in jazz, especially in Japan, and her continued commitment to playing live during the last four years.

The jazz community welcomed the July 22 release of the pianist’s new album, “Musical Moments.” The August issue of Swing Journal, Japan’s biggest jazz magazine, even proclaimed on its front cover that “Junko is Back!”

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