Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis has taken the jazz world by storm, winning NativeDSD's coveted Jazz Album of the Year and receiving the prestigious LAOC Audio Society Medallion. Unlike the Recording Academy, where wide-ranging members vote for their favorites, the LAOCAS Medallion has only been awarded seven times in its history, and recipients are selected by a blue ribbon panel reminiscent of the ICMA, Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'Or de l'Année or Gramophone Awards.
Bob Levi, chairman of LAOCAS, wrote "Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis is much better than superb. It is historic! I listened to this concert performance over and over. It is compelling. It is lively. It is at times explosive. It is always original and filled with intensely new musical ideas from many old Miles favorites. Yuko Mabuchi plays so powerfully and rhythmically; she owns this music, feels this music, believes this music. This is the real deal. This is Audiophile Gold. The more robustly you play it, the more alive and intimate it becomes."
Yuko Mabuchi shines in two 45 RPM 180 Gram volumes, celebrating her finest concert performance yet. Many thanks to executive producers Craig & Diane Martin.
"I think this album is a tribute to the musical spirit of Miles Davis. After these four jazz musicians digested the master's work, they reprised the songs from their own musical frames of reference. There is a strong sense of improvisation. It is undeniable that Yuko Mabuchi, who has been training since the age of 4, has a solid technical foundation. However, I admire her freedom even more. The sound of the piano expresses self-confidence and unrestrained spontaneity. She and her colleagues inspire each other and play off of each other's musical sparks. The Japanese female pianists I know always have extreme styles. They either follow the rules or focus on flamboyant virtuosity; it is very difficult to compete in the classical music world otherwise. Jazz pianists likewise feel these same pressures. In my opinion and in fact, Yuko Mabuchi exudes a sunny sense of charm in this concert." - Audiotechnique Magazine Read more!
"The album sounds fantastic with a stunning soundstage that brings the listener to Cammilleri Hall as the musicians are performing. The record is silent until the music begins, making it a perfect demonstration record for any good mid-fi or high-end audio system. I was also impressed with JJ Kirkpatrick; he plays some tasty jazz here and complements the trio very well. Although, there are only two tunes of Miles' music heard here, Yuko Mabuchi breathes fresh air into both selections and she shows a maturity beyond her years as a composer." - Eddie Carter, notoriousjazz.com/requisites Read more!
This is the real deal. It is audiophile gold.
Yuko Mabuchi combines passionate athleticism at the piano with serious musical poetry. At what became a CD release concert for much of the music on this album, fans in the 1,800-seat Segerstrom Center responded with great enthusiasm... Yuko signed CDs at intermission with the longest lines I've seen in years. Put this LP on your turntable and you will know why.
Yuko Mabuchi plays Miles Davis is one of those albums that can be appreciated just as much for its recording quality as it can for its musical success... Audiophiles should not miss this 'full holographic version' 45RPM vinyl pressing and experience hall ambience in a 360° effect on your favorite audio system!
If you're a fan of piano jazz, I invite you to audition Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis, Volume 1. It's a live album worth investigating, and I hope will bring attention to a talented pianist who continues to exceed expectations and deserves to be heard!
- 180g Vinyl
- Steve Hoffman, Arian Jansen & Bob Attiyeh
- Vinyl Mastering: Bernie Grundman
- Made in Germany
- All Blues (Miles Davis)
- Blue In Green (Miles Davis)
- Missing Miles (Yuko Mabuchi)
- Sky With No Tears (Yuko Mabuchi)