Her beautiful, crystal-clear delivery resonates with an easy joyfulness and charm, yet can also reflect depths of dramatic emotion to moving effect. Building on the strength of her veteran backup musicians, her innate jazz timing elevates the performance and welcomes the listener straight into the music.
Her self-described “juicy voice” is powerful with natural buoyancy and shimmering vibrations, and her impressively clear pronunciation adds another level of quality to this enjoyable session.
This 12-track album is well-rounded and arranged like a live performance, with five standard jazz swing numbers (including “Cheek to Cheek”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “All Of Me”), Latin/bossa songs (“How Insensitive”, “Antonio’s Song”, …), slower ballads (“Blame It On My Youth”, …), and the title song done in a groovy, soulful style.
Released in 2007 on Polystar Jazz Library (PJL) / JAZZBANK Cat’s Meow as MTCJ-1098.
- Sanae Ishikawa – vocals
- Shigeo Fukuda – piano, electric piano
- Shinji Hashimoto – guitar
- Daisuke Toi – electric bass, electric piano
- Satoshi Kosugi – bass
- Cecil Monroe – drums
Here are some videos of the album release performance, featuring the recording musicians who played on the album.
“Tea For Two”
“So Many Stars”
“Day In, Day Out”
“Cheek To Cheek”
* Audio sample at top of page is an excerpt from “Cheek To Cheek” from this album.