Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kimiko Kasai - Just Friends 'Kimiko Kasai' Concert

Year : 1970
Label : King Records
Serie : NEWS
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Vocal

Debut album by Kimiko Kasai, first official record of a famous japanese jazz vocalist (the Japanese Marlena Shaw) who was born in Kyoto in 1945 and introduced on japanese jazz scene by pianist Yuzuru Sera. She went to Tokyo in 1964 and became a featured member in Yuzuru Sera' group with whom she recorded The Modern Playing Mate : Yuzuru Sera Trio introducing Kimiko Kasai in 1968. After that time, she released many others albums with her own name or in collaboration with some of the most renowned musicians in the jazz field, such as Mal Waldron (One For Lady - 1971), Gil Evans (Satin Doll - 1972), Stan GetzOliver Nelson (In Person - 1974), Kohsuke Mine Quartet (Yellow Carcass In Blue - 1975), Cedar Walton Trio (Kimiko Is Here - 1977) or also Herbie Hancock (Butterfly - 1979). This live performance was recorded at the Yamaha Hall, Tokyo, performed with Yuji Ohno Trio, is considered as her official first solo album.

Kimiko Kasai_vocal
Yuji Ohno_piano
Takashi Mizuhashi_bass 
Tetsujirō Ohara _drums

01. There Will Never Be Another You
02. Sunny
03. Exactly Like You
04. Just In Time
05. Wild Is The Wind
06. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
07. Bewiched
08. Get Out Of Town
09. Good Life
10. Just Friends

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