Torchy vocals from singer MariNakamoto – sung in English, and graced with some really lovely arrangements! The tunes are mostly standards, and Mari's presentation is traditionally torchy – but the backings have a lightly swinging quality that features some of the great touches the Three Blind Mice label was bringing to their music at the time – a way of combining instruments in slightly unusual ways, and going for phrasing that leaves a fresher touch on the tunes. Akira Miyazawa plays tenor and flute, Shoji Yokouchi plays guitar, and titles include "Unforgettable", "Time After Time", "But Beautiful", "Cheek To Cheek", "Sneakin Up On You", and "Blue Prelude". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection – includes obi!)
Mari ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
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MariNakamoto is a jazz singer with a wonderful sense of tone – a musicality in her voice that comes through on the first few notes of the record, then continues throughout as she transforms familiar tunes with that special sort of magic that marks a rare breed of jazz vocalist! Nakamoto really understands the tunes, and clearly sees her voice as much as an instrument as just the conveyor of lyrics – very much in a Sarah Vaughan sort of school, although Mari's certainly got her own sense of phrasing too. Instrumentation includes lots of great touches that bring out the best in her voice – including vibes from Kazuhiro Matsushi, and guitar from Shoji Yokouchi – on titles that include "Love For Sale", "On A Clear Day", "Day By Day", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "No Moon At All". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)