July 04, 2018

Chiaki Kanamori (pf) and Yukiko Makino (gt) played Cellar Bar Kent in Osaka on June 24th, 2018


It is another fun to listen to a duo of chordal instrumentalists play music from categories such as jazz and J-pop.

Pianist Chiaki Kanamori and guitarist Yukiko Makino demonstrated that their axes are certainly one of the combinations.







Personnel:

- Chiaki Kanamori (electronic piano, keyboard harmonica)
- Yukiko Makino (guitar)

at Cellar Bar Kent in Osaka, Japan on Sunday, June 24th, 2018


Set list for the show
* 1st Stage
1. 東京は夜の七時 〜 The night is still young 〜
2. After The Rain / Makino
3. やさしさに包まれたなら (Kanamori on keyboard harmonica)
4. 旅人 / Kanamori
5. ただいま、くまちゃん / Makino
* 2nd Stage
1. It Don't Mean A Thing (Kanamori on keyboard harmonica)
2. My Favorite Things
3. 夏祭り
4. Reverse / Makino
5. Amber / Makino
* Encore
Sunny




In addition to electronic piano, Kanamori played keyboard harmonica for some songs. She has blown it since kindergarten days.

She introduced her original "旅人", which means traveler. Her grandmother's nature-rich hometown inspired her to write the song. That sounded really grand.



Chiaki Kanamori on keyboard harmonica and Yukiko Makino on guitar






Makino's "After The Rain" depicts the clear air and the smell after it stops raining, which are among her favorite findings in daily life.

She came to the gig with four compositions of her in total. All of them brought back memories, somehow.


They played not only their original songs but ones arranged by them. Their unconventional mode of expression was worth appreciating.



Yukiko Makino and Chiaki Kanamori

Yukiko Makino (left) and Chiaki Kanamori






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 00:52 on July 04, 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

July 02, 2018

Chihiro Yamanaka (pf), Ryo Hatakeyama (bs), Genki Hashimoto (ds) played Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi in Osaka on June 22, 2018


Chihiro Yamanaka celebrated the release of her 20th album "Utopia" with a show at the record / CD shop in Osaka.






Personnel:

- Chihiro Yamanaka (electronic piano)
- Ryo Hatakeyama (double bass)
- Genki Hashimoto (drums)

at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi in Osaka, Japan on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2018


Set list for the show
1. La Priere D'une Vierge
2. Le Cygne
3. I Loves You, Porgy 〜 Strike Up The Band




The album was launched two days before. It features songs written by George Gershwin, who would have turned 120, by Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100, and by herself among others.

She told the audience some stories behind the songs before she played each of them.

Double bassist Ryo Hatakeyama and drummer Genki Hashimoto were also amazing. Yamanaka looked so delighted to make sounds with them.

After the performance, an autograph session took place.

Every fan of Yamanaka there must have got fully satisfied with her warm hospitality as well as their live rendition.



Stage at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi

Stage at Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi on June 22nd, 2018






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 09:56 on July 02, 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

June 13, 2018

Kaoru Azuma (vo, pf) and Kazue Taniyama (vo, gt) played M CUATRO in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan on June 6th, 2018


Two-way players are now grabbing attention in the field again. I'm not talking about baseball but jazz.

Trumpet and voice are one of the most well-known combinations that have been in some giants' line. Contemporary artists are not only following them but also trying other mixtures such as piano and trumpet.

In terms of singing to their own instrument playing, guitar as well as piano will be the first to come to mind.

Jazz vocalist Kaoru Azuma invited Kazue Taniyama, a jazz vocalist who is famous for her awesome singing of bossa nova and Brazilian songs on her own guitar, to play an uncommon show that features two singers accompanying themselves.






Personnel:

- Kaoru Azuma (voice, piano)
- Kazue Taniyama (voice, guitar)

at M CUATRO in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018


Set list for the show
* 1st Set
1. My Favorite Things
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. Lullaby Of Birdland
5. Água de Beber
6. How Insensitive
7. Luiza
8. Batucada Surgiu
* 2nd Set
1. The Very Thought of You
2. Black Orpheus
3. Falando de Amor
4. Chove Chuva
5. Palhaço
6. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)
7. The Nearness Of You
8. Desafinado
9. East Of The Sun (and West of the Moon)
* Encore
No More Blues

S1M1〜S1M4: Azuma sings on self-piano
S1M5〜S2M4: Taniyama sings on self-guitar
S2M5〜S2M7: Azuma sings on self-piano
S2M8: Azuma sings to Taniyama's guitar
S2M9: Taniyama sings to Azuma's piano
Encore: Azuma on piano and Taniyama on guitar sing




In the first set, Azuma got on the stage alone to sing to her own piano accompaniment, followed by Taniyama alone to sing to her own guitar playing. In the second set, Taniyama showed up first.

Azuma's rendition sounded like it was on her company manners at first, but she gradually got used to the unusual circumstance for her.

Taniyama has been at it a little longer. She won the hearts and minds of the audience from the very first note. Her voice felt so deep and wide to comfortably harmonize with self-guitar accompaniment.



Kaoru Azuma sings to self-piano playing

Kaoru Azuma sings to self-piano playing



Kazue Taniyama sings to self-guitar playing

Kazue Taniyama sings to self-guitar playing






Azuma and Taniyama were born in the same year and graduated from the same college. But this was their first time to meet each other to play together.

They had heard of each other's reputation for great performance. Each of the two jazz musicians had long wanted to share the stage some day. Their dream came true that night.









In the second half of the second set, Azuma and Taniyama performed together. Azuma sang "Desafinado" accompanied by Taniyama on guitar and Taniyama sang "East Of The Sun" accompanied by Azuma on piano.



Kaoru Azuma sings to Kazue Taniyama's guitar playing

Kaoru Azuma sings to Kazue Taniyama's guitar playing



Kazue Taniyama sings to Kaoru Azuma's piano playing

Kazue Taniyama sings to Kaoru Azuma's piano playing






In response to calls for an encore Azuma and Taniyama sang "No More Blues" accompanied by themselves on piano and guitar, respectively. There are no words to describe how gorgeous the duo was.



Kaoru Azuma on piano and Kazue Taniyama on guitar sing

Kaoru Azuma on piano and Kazue Taniyama on guitar sing






All of the audience members completely enjoyed a rare opportunity to attend a gig where the singers play instruments for themselves. I'm sure some of them thought the cover should have been set higher. It is not a stretch to say that the urban live jazz scene in Japan has never seen that kind of gig before.

The show was tremendous enough to spend the evening of 2018's Musical Instrument Day in Japan.



Kaoru Azuma (vo, piano), right, and Kazue Taniyama (vo, guitar)

Kaoru Azuma (vo, piano), right, and Kazue Taniyama (vo, guitar)






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posted by Jazz Up Japan at 21:52 on June 13, 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