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Yo!

by Yo Kano

Smooth Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. 79th Street Boat Bason
9:11 album only
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2. Come Sunday
4:40 album only
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3. A Night in New York
4:15 album only
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4. Swinging Down on Broadway
7:47 album only
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5. The Sun is Shining Where You Are
3:56 album only
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6. Jelisa
5:33 album only
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7. Funk Akita Ondo
3:49 album only
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8. Umi e Kinasai
5:34 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Yo Kano

Yo Kano was born in Japan and started playing piano at the age of five. At nine he began to study the trumpet. When he was in his early teens his musical interests shifted from classical to jazz and pop music and he began appearing regularly in concert and on various television and variety shows in Japan. At nineteen, Yo Kano became totally blind. He returned to playing piano and keyboards, continued to work as a composer/arranger and began singing. He signed a contract with the Japanese recording company Polydor in 1981. He performed in Australia and New Zealand under a government-sponsored scholarship in 1982. That same year he came to the United States to study music as a recipient of a scholarship from a Japanese corporation.

Yo Kano arrived in New York and began studying music at the Lighthouse Music School with the late jazz pianist Lance Heyward. He worked as a piano player/singer at various clubs in the city. He simultaneously worked for several Japanese recording companies (Polydor, JVC, King Records) as a composer, arranger and producer.

He released his own album, Manhattan Island in 1987 under King records produced by David Matthews. He recorded a CD and the soundtrack to a Japanese movie with Japanese singer Boro in Hollywood in 1991. That same year he also wrote the theme song for the World Congress on Technology for the Disabled sponsored by the United Nations and the United States held in Washington, D.C.

Since 1999 Yo Kano's concerts have taken him to the far reaches of Asia - Thailand, Mongolia, Indonesia, Singapore and Turkey. He has also released four CDs: Yo!, Mother, Sukiyaki, and Now is the Time.
He is currently working as a composer/arranger using computer sequencing technology. In the past ten years, his wide-ranging talents have afforded him many opportunities to produce radio programs, work as a radio personality, and work as a journalist for various magazines.

In 1995 Yo Kano established The International Communication Service for the Blind, Inc. (ICSB), a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about various services and technological advances, especially in regards to career and employment, to visually-impaired persons. Yo Kano regularly participates in and sponsors charity concerts as well as workshops in music technology for the visually-impaired.

CD Liner Notes
When asked to make this CD I had to think hard about what kind of project this would be. I have played many different types of music since my teen years - and still do. I could compose original tunes, record some of my older tunes, play standard jazz tunes in new arrangements, or sing Japanese songs. I love purely instrumental pieces too. It was proving very difficult to limit myself to one genre. So this CD presents a variety of the best of my life - like an assortment of candies you get in a big box -- that's me, Yo Kano.
Come Sunday and The Sun is Shining Where You Are are two original songs written expressly for this album. Jelisa is the first song I wrote in English when I was eighteen years old. A Night in New York, written in 1981, was published and recorded by various artists in Japan as well as in the United States. The two instrumental tunes, 79th Street Boat Basin and Swingin' Down Broadway, were written for my jazz concert in New York last year. Funk Akita Ondo was my favorite tune from my touring days with a Japanese traditional music ensemble in my teen years. The lyrics describe the beautiful scenery, wonderful food, and beautiful women of Akita prefecture in Japan. Using a funk beat and the Akita dialect heightened the humor in this song for me. Umi e Kinasai (Come to the Ocean) has been a favorite of mine and in my repertoire since the early eighties because of the lyrics of Yosui Inoue:
Have skin that does not burn with the rays of the sun,
Have hair that melts into the salty sea air,
Have the strength to swim forever, have the heart to sing forever.
Have a gentle hand to touch the fish,
Come to the ocean, be happy with all your heart.

Have sturdy legs so that you can walk against the wind,
Have ears to listen to the shells,
Have eyelids that will shut the darkness out,
Have eyes so that you may count the stars.
Have gentle fingers so that you can wipe the tears,
Come to the ocean, be happy with all your heart.

Yo Kano - 1999

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Lynn Osborne-Simmons


This is my new favorite CD. I play it in the morning to get going and in the evening to relax. It has a good variety of songs. This could be an eye opener to anyone not familiar with jazz.
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