Jazz vocalist Mie Joké’s 2018 release Etrenne is a fun and fancy swing jazz outing, a fresh throwback to classic vocal jazz recordings. Like the best of jazz lover’s disks, this collection hits the mark with a great selection of familiar jazz standards performed with a loving touch.
Vocalist Joké purrs atop her jazz group with a confident grace, a breathy tank of soulful emotion and romance. Her solidly swinging jazz combos feature accomplished veteran musicians, with a different group performing for “Side A” and “Side B of the recording as if on a classic jazz vinyl LP.
The music is done right, with an honest, straight-ahead vision, swinging and sliding through jazz standards like “Cheek to Cheek”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, and “Caravan” with tender authenticity. Aside from jazz, a few bonus pop songs add to the variety with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Still Crazy After All These Years.”
Etrenne by Mie Joké
- Mie Joké - vocal
- Tsuyoshi Yamamoto - piano (tr. #1-5)
- Hiroshi Kagawa - bass (tr. #1-5)
- Toshio Osumi - drums (tr. #1-5)
- Koji Goto - piano (tr. #6-11)
- Satsuki Kusui - bass (tr. #6-11)
- Akira Yamada - drums (tr. #6-11)
- Wataru Hamasaki - sax, flute (tr. #6-11)
Released in 2018 on Ultra Art Record as UA-1001.
Japanese Names: Mie Joké 情家みえ Tsuyoshi Yamamoto 山本剛 Hiroshi Kagawa 香川裕史 Toshio Osumi 大隅寿男 Koji Goto 後藤浩二 Satsuki Kusui 楠井五月 Akira Yamada 山田玲 Wataru Hamasaki 浜崎航
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© Brian McCrory 2019
Oct 16, 2019