An elegant package inside and out, brimming with atmosphere. The outer package is a slim booklet, containing photography, a poem, and an essay. The music itself is a modern take on classic jazz songs with Japanese words and flavor sprinkled throughout, featuring excellent arrangements by pianist Koichi Sato.
Emiko’s voice is front-and-center and spans the gamut from quick instrument-eque aerobics to passionate crooning. Vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, and an innovative stand-up drum set constitute the core of the group, and several other instrumentalists contribute to the album, with material ranging from dreamy and moody to light and shimmering.
Leader: EMiKO VOiCE · http://www.emikovoice.com
- EMiKO VOiCE: vocal
- Koichi Sato: piano, rhodes
- Akemi Ohta: flute
- Momoko Aida: violin
- Akira Tanidono: trumpet
- Toru Nishijima: bass
- Keita Okada: drums, percussion
Released in 2017 on Zipangu Label ZIP-0058.
* Audio sample at top of page is of “The Days of Wine and Roses”, the first track on this album.