Archive for April 15th, 2018

Michiyo – Kool

Japanese saxophonist Michiyo Kitagawa performed in several bands like Dad Mam God and Rocket Punch. Her debut album was Theater`M in 1998. After her return to Tokyo she released her second album Tete in 2015. This album features Roberto Vally on bass. Her third album is KOOL (2018).

Michiyo performs on this album soprano and tenor sax. She is joined by Roberto Vally (bass), Jeff Carruthers (guitar), Masayuki Numai and T-wai (keyboards), Fumio “Hank” Nishiyama (guitar), Kenichiro Shinzawa and Ric Mandell (piano).

Rainy Tokyo is Michiyo’s tribute to the artistic springs of her creativity. While Michiyo’s plays her saxophone soulfully, the discoid beat stands in a certain divergence and gives the piece a modernist look. It’s probably the contrasts that make Tokyo appealing. On KOOL Roberto’s bass reminds of groups like Kool and the Gang. The main melody has that special something for listeners and radio djs.

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