Yoshiko Matsui | Time Alone

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Time Alone

by Yoshiko Matsui

She has a very personable style that makes her performance readily accessible to the listener. As soon as you hear her sing, she is the friend you've known for years.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Heavens 2013
5:39 $1.50
2. Estrada Do Sol
4:15 $1.50
3. I Loves You Porgy
5:10 $1.50
4. This Happy Madness
4:44 $1.50
5. Someone to Watch Over Me
7:35 $1.50
6. Tea for Two
4:47 $1.50
7. My Funny Vatenline
6:05 $1.50
8. Every Breath You Take
5:59 $1.50
9. When I Wish Upon an Apple
5:04 $1.50
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Album Notes
Yoshiko is a talented vocalist, but beyond her relaxed and pleasing vocal style, she is also an accomplished pianist and composer - a rare combination that most listeners can hear right away. She has a very personable style that makes her performance readily accessible to the listener. As soon as you hear her sing, she is the friend you've known for years.

Time Alone is an apt title for this CD - Yoshiko is unaccompanied - just her at the piano. But, she is also in the good company of such greats as George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sting. She has chosen songs by these great artists and arranged them to fit her style so well that you would think she wrote them. But she did write two of the songs on this CD:

The Heavens
A remake of a song from her previous CD Aozora - The Heavens.

When I Wish Upon an Apple
A dreamy ballad with Japanese and English lyrics inspired by a work of art

Along with the cover songs:

Estrada Do Sol (Road to the Sun)
This Antonio Carlos Jobim ballad has been covered by many and Yoshiko does it justice by offering a mellow version worthy of this iconic Brazilian composer by singing in the original Portuguese lyrics.

I Loves You Porgy
The 1935 opera Porgy and Bess that spawned many other popular tunes like Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So and Bess, You Is My Woman Now, this one fits perfectly into the theme of this collection.

This Happy Madness
Another Jobim tune with wonderful English lyrics by Lees Gene made popular in the West by Frank Sinatra in 1971. Again, Yoshiko adds her relaxed, and personable style to this one.

Someone to Watch Over Me
The 1926 musical Oh, Kay!, this Gershwin favourite has been covered by everyone from Elton John to Ayaka Hirahara. Yoshiko's version is definitely worthy of this company.

Tea for Two
The 1925 musical No,No Nannette, this song is just plain fun. So recognizable and covered by so many, it deserves to be on every collection of early show tunes. You can actually hear Yoshiko smiling while she sings.

My Funny Valentine
This Richard Rogers tune is considered a Jazz standard - covered by Miles Davis, Chet Baker and others. Yoshiko adds a nice "major" intro to this "minor" song, adding a nice contrast to what is normally a melancholy tune.

Every Breath You Take
We've gone from the 30's to the 80's with the addition of this 1983 Police hit, written by Sting. Yoshiko's version is right in there with the similar style that makes this CD a pleasure to experience.

I've had the pleasure of working with Yoshiko on a project that required Japanese lyrics. She delivered heartfelt and emotional poetry that was perfect for the song. Yoshiko is what I would consider an all-around vocalist, lyricist, composer, pianist and vocalist. Quite a remarkable combination.

- Mark Knox
- Composer, Arranger, Recording/Mastering Engineer
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada



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