Popular Tokyo-based singer Tomoka Miwa deploys her jazz palette on this live recording from 2015. Here, she sings standards “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “My Favorite Things”, and fan favorites “A House Is Not A Home”, the classic bolero “Somon Novios”, and the groovy samba-funk “Skindo-le-le”. Adding to the canvas are a sultry “Love Dance” and a touching rendering of the beautiful hymn “Hallelujah”.
The musicians get plenty of space for stretching out, with pianist Yuichi Narita pushing for moments of exploratory post-bop jazz. Each instrumentalist is also featured in duet with vocals, adding colorful variety to the show.
Leader: Tomoka Miwa · 三輪知可 · https://www.miwatomoka.com/
- Tomoka Miwa – vocal
- Yuichi Narita – piano, keyboards
- Daisuke Toi – bass
- Sebastiaan Kaptein – drums
Recorded live at Boozy Muse in February 2015.
Released in 2015 as MUW-002.
Here is a promotional video from Tomoka Miwa for an album containing original pop songs, released in 2017.
* Audio sample at top of page is an excerpt from “Love Dance”, the second track from this album.