January 08, 2019

No Day But Today / Jun Izumi (vo) and Yuto Kanazawa (gt)


How many singers do you recognize from their voice?

She would deserve to gain that reputation.


Jun Izumi released an EP with guitarist Yuto Kanazawa on November 16th, 2018.




No Day But Today

EP available on Jun Izumi Official Website




No Day But Today / Jun Izumi and Yuto Kanazawa


Personnel:
- Jun Izumi (voice)
- Yuto Kanazawa (guitar)



1. My Favorite Things / Richard Rodgers
2. Frevo / Egberto Gismonti
3. Will I? / Jonathan Larson
4. First Circle / Pat Metheny
5. Spain / Chick Corea


Released: November 16th, 2018
Label: Woodside Sounds






The EP "No Day But Today" comprises five songs.

It begins with "My Favorite Things" from the Broadway musical "The Sound of Music". The popular classic jazz standard, which is famous for John Coltrane's rendition, is the choice appropriate for telling Izumi's determination to be compared with many others to differentiate herself from them. You will be overwhelmed by her singing prowess just from the very scratch on the album.

Izumi scats Egberto Gismonti's composition "Frevo" and Pat Metheny's "First Circle". Her transparent voice gives another appreciation of the great masters' works.


Kanazawa's accompaniment on guitar is more than perfect to bring out the vocalist's natural gift. A duo performance often tends to sound like a battle to show off each other's advantage, that is, human organ versus artificial apparatus. He keeps manipulating his ax to keep some distance from as well as stick close to Izumi's vocals for their best harmony. The guitarist also remembers to improvise in a sophisticated way.


The vocalist and the instrumentalist top off the list with Chick Corea's masterpiece "Spain". They portray the emotionally depicted scene courteously without playing the eccentric artist.




Flyer: Jun Izumi (vo) and Yuto Kanazawa (gt)
Photo from the Facebook Event page for the EP release Japan tour in 2018





You can find the reason why Izumi titles the EP "No Day But Today" in "Will I?".

The song is from the Broadway musical "RENT", which captivated her with its artistry completely when she visited New York for the first time. The phrase 'No Day But Today' is referred to in the last song of the show.

Izumi learned the lesson from an incident in 2012 that nobody could expect tomorrow would come just like today did, which crushed her spirit seriously. Now she recalls she saw the musical between tears she shed moved by the beautiful music and the harsh words. With in mind the joy of living alive every single second the phrase indicates, she's always crooned the song to inspire herself.

She put those feelings of her and respect for Jonathan Larson, the author of "RENT", into the song to arrange it before she recorded the rendition.


Along with the CD launch, Izumi shows the movie she shot with Kanazawa in the area of East Village, New York City that was featured in "RENT". They play "Will I?" in it. She translates her emotions more vividly and wistfully into the picture.











Throughout the album, the singer and guitarist, who hail from Japan and are based in New York, demonstrate their refined skills to make beautiful sound. You can feel how gracefully voice and guitar could work together when they hit it off with each other.



Jun Izumi (vo) and Yuto Kanazawa (gt)

Photo from Bamboo Club's Facebook Page, taken during the EP release show at the club







Izumi collaborates with another guitarist, Pat Brennan. They both graduated from the City College of New York. The duo has some recordings on her channels of YouTube and Soundcloud. Their session is also worth listening to.










In addition, she is going to release one more duo album and a quartet one in 2019.


Jun Izumi will no doubt be one of the singers you can name just after you hear a single voice of theirs.






Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan




posted by Jazz Up Japan at 18:03 on January 08, 2019 JST | review | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

January 02, 2019

Kaoru Azuma (vo) and Takanori Suzuki (cl) play CREOLE in Kobe on Jan 20, 2019


[Gig Info] - 2 pm, Sun, Jan 20th in Kobe - voice, clarinet - Y2500 adv, Y3000 door + Min 1 drink (Y500). Incl tax.

* Venue: CREOLE in Kobe

* Time, Date: 2 pm on Sunday, January 20th, 2019

* 2-piece: voice, clarinet

* Cover:
Y2500 adv, Y3000 door + Min 1 drink (Y500). Incl tax.
Y1500 adv, Y2000 door + Min 1 drink (Y500). Incl tax. for a student with ID.




Voice and Clarinet





On Sunday, January 20th, 2019, Kaoru Azuma (voice) and Takanori Suzuki (clarinet, bass clarinet) will be playing at CREOLE near Sannomiya Station (JR / Hankyu / Hanshin Line) in Kobe.

Thoroughly smoke-free at all times.

The curtain on the show will go up at 2:00 pm.


Cover:
2500 JPY advance (make reservations on the venue's website),
3000 JPY at door.
- For a student with ID
1500 JPY advance (make reservations on the venue's website),
2000 JPY at door.


Each of the customers will be required to order one drink (500 JPY) at door.

The prices include tax.

The door will open at 1:00 pm.



Personnel:
- Kaoru Azuma (voice)
- Takanori Suzuki (clarinet, bass clarinet)

Venue:
+ CREOLE in Kobe






Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan




posted by Jazz Up Japan at 09:16 on January 02, 2019 JST | gig info | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

December 31, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo), Junichi Saeki (pf), Sho Iwata (bs), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds) played M CUATRO in Amagasaki, Hyogo, on Dec 28, 2018



Kaoru Azuma (voice), Junichi Saeki (piano), Sho Iwata (double bass) and Hideaki Kakimoto (drums) performed at M CUATRO in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Friday, December 28th, 2018.






Personnel:

- Kaoru Azuma (voice)
- Junichi Saeki (piano)
- Sho Iwata (double bass)
- Hideaki Kakimoto (drums)

at M CUATRO in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Friday, December 28th, 2018


Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Chanson d'Andy - instrumental
2. You Must Believe In Spring - instrumental
3. Our Love Is Here To Stay
4. Água de Beber
5. Remember Me
6. Stardust
7. Moanin'
* 2nd Stage
1. Caruso - instrumental
2. America - instrumental
3. Cantaloupe Island / music by Herbie Hancock, lyrics by Kaoru Azuma
4. 人生の扉 / music and lyrics by Mariya Takeuchi
5. East Of The Sun (and West of the Moon)
6. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
7. L.O.V.E.
* Encore
情熱大陸 Jonetsu Tairiku / Taro Hakase - Azuma scats






They demonstrated a versatile ability to play instrumental pieces from a French film, a bossa nova song in Portuguese, jazz standards in English, a Japanese pop tune and so forth.

In addition, Azuma sang Herbie Hancock's composition she had written lyrics to.



Azuma (vo), Saeki (pf), Iwata (bs), Kakimoto (ds)
Kaoru Azuma (vo), Junichi Saeki (pf), Sho Iwata (ds), Hideaki Kakimoto (ds)





It was terribly chilly outside that night, but the show was warm and fuzzy enough to get ready to enjoy a great New Year's Day with.



Azuma (vo), Saeki (pf), Iwata (bs), Kakimoto (ds)
[left to right] Hideaki Kakimoto (ds), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Sho Iwata (ds), Junichi Saeki (pf)








Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan




posted by Jazz Up Japan at 11:01 on December 31, 2018 JST | show report | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする