Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mari Nakamoto With Isao Suzuki & Kazumi Watanabe - 1975 - Mari Nakamoto III

Mari Nakamoto With Isao Suzuki & Kazumi Watanabe
1975
Mari Nakamoto III


01. Georgia On My Mind 5:10
02. What A Difference A Day Made 3:40
03. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis 4:46
04. I Only Have Eyes For You 4:43
05. Sunflower 3:53
06. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life 2:59
07. Just Friends 3:43
08. Didn't We 4:02
09. A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square 4:20

Recorded at Epicurus Studio, Tokyo on November 25 & 26, 1975.

Vocals – Mari Nakamoto
Guitar – Kazumi Watanabe
Bass – Isao Suzuki


For her third album for the Three Blind Mice label, Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto chose to record with just two musicians: Isao Suzuki on bass and Kazumi Watanabe on guitar. By then, Nakamoto had established herself as the top female jazz singer in her country, with her soulful, smokey voice, authentic blues feeling and impeccable diction-

With a bare minimum backing and no place to hide, Nakamoto bares her soul in this intimate setting. She has a very good command of her unforgettable voice, and delivers the emotional content of each song with intensity while being relaxed at the same time. Her confidence must have been enhanced by the masterful accompaniment by Suzuki and Watanabe, both of whom are simply superb musicians. A fantastic female vocal album chrished by both jazz fans and audiophiles!

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