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And It Begins

by Mamiko Taira

Indie Jazz Label, D-musica releases Mamiko Taira "and it begins" (DMCD-21): Her unique style and distinctive vocal quality stand out in a simple piano/vocal duo setting. Old, yet new. Delightful, yet wistful. Note: album is in LP style paper jacket.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Green Dolphin Street
4:43 album only
2. So Many Stars
6:27 album only
3. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
4:19 album only
4. Blue in Green
4:46 album only
5. Night and Day
6:16 album only
6. A Happy New Year
5:51 album only
7. Tea for Two
6:35 album only
8. All of Me
6:15 album only
9. Okuru Kotoba
3:53 album only


Album Notes

Smoky, dark, and unique vocal sound… It is Japan debut of a genuine singer. -

There are not too many singers who can make "Blue In Green" expressed as a "song." - CD Journal, June 2012 Issue

Her solitary voice is delightful and yet wistful. I was dazed after listening to her "On Green Dolphin Street. - Jazz CD Picks by Yamano Ginza

It is aspiring and interesting… it doesn't finish as "just another" jazz vocal, and I see some potential here. - Jazz Japan, June 2012 Issue

Vocal skills are authentic, and she has her own style. "All of Me" reminds me of Betty Carter in her early years. - Record Collectors, June 2012 Issue

Sings with her own vision. The debut album from a talented vocalist. Jazzlife, May 2012 Issue

[Album Credit]

TORU DODO (piano)
MIKI HIROSE (trumpet) Track 4

Recorded on September 27 and 28, 2011
All tracks are directed and produced by Mamiko Taira & Toru Dodo
Executive Producer: Daiki Yasukagawa of DAIKI MUSICA INC.

[Excerpts from liner notes (English Translation)]

On Green Dolphin Street
The theme from the movie, On Green Dolphin Street, by Ned Washington and Bronislaw Kaper. Bronislaw Kaper is known for his works in Hollywood movies when he worked at MGM Studios. When we think about film scores, many of you may think of orchestra or strings sound in particular. I think this tune has a wonderful melody with a trace of string sound a bit. We have recorded this song at the first thing on the first day of recording. We both knew this will be the first track of the album immediately after we finished recording it. Then, it really became the first song!

So Many Stars
This Sergio Mendes song is something I've been singing since my senior year in college (I sang this at my graduate recital). I have recorded this song in my demo that I made after I moved to New York, and Toru was on that recording. Later on I have performed numerous times and recorded several in several occasions, but this recording came out as the most natural and organic way that I like.

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
This is a popular song by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh (particularly popular in Japan) . I came up with the idea of 6/8 meter while I was walking with my dog. Then, later Toru added a lovely rhythm motif with a classical waltz feel to it.

Blue In Green
Written by Miles. Many wonderful singers are singing and often sing with their own lyrics. For this recording, I decided to stick to the original lyric instead of newly written ones. I will be happy if you can see the view of a woman who's love is about to end. Only this song is performed in trio instead of duo. Miki played beautifully for us. During the recording, I had an image of three threads are getting twined as the song moves forward. That image comes back in my head in each time when I hear this song.

Night And Day
Cole Porter classic. This recording may have the strongest "color" of this duo, and is probably one of our signature pieces. Among all repertoires, this is definitely a passionate and tempo-driven song.

A Happy New Year
I had twice the opportunities of producing and performing the musical event featuring the works of Yumi Matsutoya, Japanese singer-song writer. This song is one of repertories from that events, and it became a new addition to my own repertories. The most wonderful thing about this song is her scenic expressions that melody, lyric, and harmony creates. It transport me to the "winter" in instant.

Tea For Two
Two New Yorkers, Irvin Caesar and Vincent Youmans' vocal classic in a verse + chorus structure, the goodness of Broadway (in my opinion!). It is the standard of standards that captivates listeners of all ages. This is a magic song to me that makes me smile when I sing - no matter how I am tired or how much I am in a down mood.

All Of Me
All of Me is by Gerald Marks and Seymour B Simmons and it is one of the most well-known and cherished jazz standards in Japan. This song happens to be my very first jazz song I sang in my life. I first sang in swing, but nowadays I prefer to sing in ballad because the lyric has heart-aching, melancholic qualities.

Okuru Kotoba
This song was a theme song from Japanese TV drama program in the early 80's written by Tetsuya Takeda and Kazuomi Chiba. It is an another Japanese song that we perform, and definitely helped us to determine our direction as the duo. Like we conclude the performance set, I put this as the closing of this album.



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