180g 45rpm Vinyl LP!
Pressed at RTI!
Special LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Edition!
Pianist Yuko Mabuchi performs four tunes including a Jazz Medley, Japanese Medley, Sona's Song and Sonny Rollins' St. Thomas.
Yuko dedicated this release to the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the largest association of audiophiles on the planet, and to the 70th Birthday of Robert H. Levi, Yarlung's societys illustrious President and CEO.
If Mabuchis playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed. The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands out for its in-the-room ambience and tonal clarity.
The repertoire includes a Jazz Medley featuring Kern's "All the Things You Are" from the 1939 musical "Very Warm For May" plus Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train" heard first in 1941 with Ellington's band on the radio. Finishing this medley is Strayhorn & Ellington's Satin Doll which came out in 1953 on Capitol Records.
The Japanese Medley features Hazy Moon (Oborozuki) written by Teiichi Okano in 1914 followed by Cherry Blossom (Sakura) from the 17th Century Edo period, which was originally played on koto to celebrate Hanami, or spring flower viewing during the Tokugawa shogunate. Ending this medley is Hachidai Nakamuras Look At The Sky, (Ue wo Muite Arukou), nicknamed Sukiyaki in English.
Yuko Mabuchi wrote Sona's Song in honor of a beautiful child who was a family member living in Thailand. Yuko first recorded this melody in 2014 for her album My Life.
The Sonny Rollins Quartet first released St. Thomas in 1956. Rollins adopted this tune from an 18th Century English ditty called The Lincolnshire Poacher. It resurfaced during the American Civil War as The New York Volunteer, and again in the Australian infantry as a march during WWI.
The sound quality of this set by a jazz piano trio, recorded live to tape with an AKG C24 stereo tube microphone, reveals all. The sounds of Mabuchi's piano, Del Atkins's double bass, and Bobby Breton's drums is stellar in every way, but especially the piano, an instrument whose sound is very hard to capture convincingly. The overall transparency and sense of three-dimensional space is intense and sensational. And Mabuchi is tremendously talented - this is one audiophile recording in which the talent is commensurate with the sound quality.Features:
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Edition
Yuko Mabuchi, piano
Del Atkins, bass
Bobby Breton, drums
1. Jazz Medley: All the Things You Are / Take The "A" Train / Satin Doll
2. Japanese Medley: Hazy Moon / Cherry Blossom / Look At The Sky
3. Yuko Mabuchi: Sona's Song
4. Sonny Rollins: St. Thomas