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Hikari Ichihara Live at Naru

Hikari Ichihara Live at Naru

For this evening, Ichihara drew on some standards, but also played original work from the Gatsby CD. The standard “Old Folks” got them, and the audience, warmed up in the first set»

Hitomi Nishiyama Trio “Shift”

Hitomi Nishiyama Trio “Shift”

Hitomi Nishiyama’s CDs are all elegant jazz, but “Shift” just might become many people’s favorites. The recording starts off with “Rock Out” an intriguing piece with a very unusual rhythm. »

Bomi Choi “Bomi’s Homies”

Bomi Choi “Bomi’s Homies”

Drummers are often stereotyped as large and muscled, but Bomi Choi, who hails from Korea, is anything but that. Her sound, though is big and muscular, and powerful enough to drive the New York jazz heavyweights she records with on this marvelous CD.»

Hikari Ichihara “Dear Gatsby”

Hikari Ichihara “Dear Gatsby”

Concept albums run the risk of the concept deflating or the music becoming subservient or contrived. Hikari Ichihara’s concept album, “Dear Gatsby,” though avoids those pitfalls and delivers eleven stunning tracks of modern jazz devoted to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel “The Great Gatsby.” »

Joe McMurrian Interview

Joe McMurrian Interview

McMurrian tells stories in the tradition of Delta bluesmen and dives deep into songs with the energy to swim back up with the mysteries he finds. He’s a performer who rivets the audience. He took time before his show in Ogikubo to talk about his passion for the music and for life.»

Circlepoint – Kei Akagi Trio

Circlepoint – Kei Akagi Trio

They did it again. And it is a very good thing they did.

The stylish, sophisticated furniture design company Time & Style and the stylish, sophisticated pianist Key Akagi collaborated once more. The result, a stylish, sophisticated album, Circlepoint.»

Mambo Inn Live

Mambo Inn Live

Mambo Inn is a tight, swinging group that plays an eclectic mix of songs with Brazilian and Latin rhythms and a fantastic sense of fun. The word “fun” may not get attached to jazz often, or not often enough, but with Mambo Inn, part of the delight is hearing great jazz standards with unique rhythms and unexpected arrangements.»

Mika Brasil Big Band

Mika Brasil Big Band

The Tokyo jazz scene never felt like such a crossroads as in early November when the Mika Brasil Jazz Big Band took the stage at B Flat. Digging right into their unique Brazilian special rhythm called frevo, and then layering on top big band jazz charts, the well-tuned dancers got up and started to move from the second song.»

Nao Takeuchi and Tamaya Honda Duo

Nao Takeuchi and Tamaya Honda Duo

Thelonious January 25, 2015 Nao Takeuchi: Tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, percussion. Tamaya Honda: Drums, bells, gong,  cymbals. Make no mistake, you have no chance. If you are paying attention to what they are doing, they will catch you. They will make you amazed, excited, happy, and at certain times make you laugh, that kind…»

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