November 11, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo), Hitomi Nishiyama (pf), Motohiko Ichino (gt), Toru Nishijima (bs), Ryosuke Hashizume (ts) played FJ's in Tokyo on Nov 2, 2018


After a four-year break, they reunited for a show to unveil how advanced they each have got.

Although the vocalist and the pianist often meet up for a duo, Kaoru Azuma (voice), Hitomi Nishiyama (piano), Motohiko Ichino (electric guitar), Toru Nishijima (double bass) and Ryosuke Hashizume (tenor saxophone) performed together for the first time since they played a release gig for their debut album "TRAVELS" that was launched in 2013.







Personnel:

- Kaoru Azuma (voice)

- Hitomi Nishiyama (piano)

- Motohiko Ichino (electric guitar)

- Toru Nishijima (double bass)

- Ryosuke Hashizume (tenor saxophone)

at Cafe & Live spot FJ's in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, November 2nd, 2018



Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. Face Of Yesterday
2. White Cloud Mountain Minnow
3. Just By Thinking Of You
4. Pescadores
5. Pierre Without A Face
* 2nd Stage
1. Face Of Yesterday
2. On Travel
3. Manouche
4. T.C.T.S.
5. Baroque
* Encore
Remember Me


S1M1, S2M1, S2M3: vo, pf, gt, bs
S1M2, S1M5, S2M4, S2M5, En.: vo, pf, gt, bs, ts
S1M3: vo, bs, ts
S1M4: vo, pf, gt
S2M2: vo, pf, bs, ts


Nishiyama composed all the songs except "Remember Me".

Azuma wrote the lyrics to "Face Of Yesterday", "White Cloud Mountain Minnow", "Just By Thinking Of You", "Pescadores", "Pierre Without A Face", "On Travel" and "J".

"Manouche", "T.C.T.S." and "Baroque" are scat.






All the songs they played that night except the encore were composed by Nishiyama. The pieces included in "Travels" are "Just By Thinking Of You", "On Travel" and "Baroque".

One of the most popular tunes "Just By Thinking Of You" with fans of Azuma and Nishiyama was played without the pianist. At the critical moment, the vocalist demonstrated her true worth by singing it accompanied on the monophonic instruments: bass and saxophone.

You also can hear the song in "Music In You", the CD and vinyl released by Nishiyama's piano trio, as well as in "Star In Green", the album produced by Azuma and guitarist Jesse Forest.





The album "TRAVELS" was released in December 2013.



The renditions that have not been commercially available anywhere yet are "Pierre Without A Face", "J" and "Manouche".

Azuma made an impassioned speech on how seriously she wrote the lyrics of "Pierre Without A Face".

The scat "Manouche" is so complicated that Nishiyama gave Azuma all the instrumental recordings in advance so that the singer would get ready for the performance. Azuma raised a whoop of joy after she completed the mission.


The instrumentalists are amazing enough to let the vocalist sing so gracefully that it sounded like she was swimming among them.

"Even when I play a duo with Nishiyama, I can hear every sound on each instrument here." - Kaoru Azuma



[left to right] Toru Nishijima (bs), Hitomi Nishiyama (pf), Kaoru Azuma (vo), Ryosuke Hashizume (ts) and Motohiko Ichino (gt)





The audience believed that it was not a bad thing to have been waiting patiently for their second album.












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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 22:04 on November 11, 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

November 08, 2018

TOKU (vo, fgh), Shiho (vo) and Ai Kuwabara (pf) played NAM Hall in Kyoto on Oct 25th, 2018


TOKU (vocals, flugelhorn), Shiho (vocals) and Ai Kuwabara (piano) performed at NAM Hall in Kyoto on October 25th, 2018.







Personnel:

- TOKU (vocals, flugelhorn)

- Shiho (vocals)

- Ai Kuwabara (piano)

at NAM HALL in Kyoto, Japan on Thursday, October 25th, 2018



Set list for the show
* 2nd Stage
1. Kiss Of Life
2. I Can't Help It
3. Moonglow
4. Bad - Shiho, Kuwabara
5. (Improvisation) - TOKU, Kuwabara
6. I Thought It Was You
* Encore
Sing A Song / The Carpenters







Kuwabara showed how proficient she is in accompanying outstanding singers.

TOKU is a vocalist, as well as a flugelhornist, has his own voice that attracts the audience.

Shiho, the former member of Fried Pride, is proud of her powerful voice.

They played a sold-out show in the ancient capital on the night when a beautiful moon shone.






Excerpt from Shiho's Twitter feed






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 09:47 on November 08, 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

October 22, 2018

Mao Yamamoto (org) and Yutaka Hashimoto (gt) played Cafe Prélude in Osaka on October 20th, 2018


Mao Yamamoto (hammond organ) and Yutaka Hashimoto (electric guitar) performed at Cafe Prélude in Osaka on October 20th, 2018.







Personnel:

- Mao Yamamoto (hammond organ)

- Yutaka Hashimoto (electric guitar)

at Cafe Prélude in Osaka, Japan on Saturday, October 20th, 2018



Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. In A Mellow Tone
2. Mimosa
3. Someday My Prince Will Come
4. Misty
5. One Note Samba
* 2nd Stage
1. Shiny Stockings
2. Georgia On My Mind
3. Triste
4. Feeling Fall / Mao Yamamoto
5. How High The Moon
* Encore
On The Sunny Side Of The Street







They played jazz standards, as well as one of Yamamoto's original compositions.

The combination of hammond organ and electric guitar is rare in the live music scene. However, they sounded quite comfortable in the cozy cafe on the afternoon of the beautiful fall day.





Signboard at Cafe Prélude in Osaka on Oct 20, 2018






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 10:00 on October 22, 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