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Yuko Mabuchi Trio Volume 2 180 Gram Vinyl LP 45rpm Yarlung Records Bernie Grundman Pallas 2018 USA

Yuko Mabuchi Trio Volume 2 180 Gram Vinyl LP 45rpm Yarlung Records Bernie Grundman Pallas 2018 USA Maximize
Artist: Yuko Mabuchi
Title: Volume 2
Catalog Number: YAR71621-161V
Label: Yarlung Records
Barcode: 192914716211
Original release year: 2018
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 45 rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 285gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: May 19, 2020
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Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is joined by bassist Del Atkins and drummer Bobby Breton for this Vol.2 audiophile recording of popular jazz tunes recorded in The Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammilleri Hall, March 31, 2017. Yuko dedicated this 45rpm vinyl release to the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the largest association of audiophiles on the planet.

 

 

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  • Audiophile Recording
  • LP 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl
  • Plated at RTI in the USA
  • Pressed at Pallas in Germany
  • Cut by Bernie Grundman

 

 

Yarlung's engineers Arian Jansen and Tom Caulfield joined me for this project which we recorded in stereo on analog tape and in 256DSD and 5 Channel Surround Sound in 256DSD.

 

Arian Jansen and Bob Attiyeh recorded the stereo version of the Yuko Mabuchi Trio concert using an AKG C-24 and two Schoeps M222 vacuum tube microphones from Ted Ancona, and a 5ZERO7 from David Bock. They used Elliot Midwood vacuum tube microphone preamplification and fed the signal into their SonoruS ATR12 analog tape recorder using Sonorus Holographic Imaging technology, and into their Merging Technologies Hapi converter recording DSD256 using Pyramix software.

 

 

Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is joined by bassist Del Atkins and drummer Bobby Breton for this audiophile recording of four popular and jazz tunes recorded in The Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammilleri Hall, March 31, 2017. Yuko dedicated this release to the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the largest association of audiophiles on the planet, and to the 70th Birthday of Robert H. Levi, Yarlung's society's illustrious President and CEO.


If Mabuchi's playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed. The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands out for its in-the-room ambience and tonal clarity.


Liner Notes by Bob Attiyeh:


Yuko Mabuchi moved to the United States from her native Japan only recently, but when she plays American jazz she speaks the language perfectly. I love Yuko’s sense of rhythm and melody, and her improvising feels like she was born in Detroit or New York City. Her technique reminds me of some of Yuko's music idols like Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and Monty Alexander. But beyond her talent for traditional jazz, one can also hear flavors of American R&B, Hip-Hop and Blues, which Yuko loved as a teenager. This album's associate producer and Yarlung special advisor Billy Mitchell describes Yuko's playing as "funky from the heart", and he means that as an enormous compliment. Yuko was born in Fukui, on the west coast of Japan, north of Kyoto. She studied classical music and the piano starting at age four, and continued her studies at the AN Music School in Kyoto, where she was a jazz piano student of Kunihiro Kameda.


I first heard the Yuko Mabuchi Trio at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The trio performed for the annual SAPPA gala, a non-profit organization for which Yuko volunteers as accompanist for the Watts-Willowbrook Youth Symphony.


I went home that night, thinking about the trio’s electrifying sound and Yuko’s dynamism. I telephoned the next day, asking if Yuko wanted to make a debut album with her trio. ‘Yes!’ she said. We held our live concert recording session on March 31st, 2017. My friend Billy Mitchell was an integral part of this project, organizing rehearsals and assisting in the overall production of this recording. His depth of experience, superb instincts, good humor and organizational ability have made this project an enduring pleasure.


Dr. Antonio Damasio generously invited us back to the Brain and Creativity Institute’s Cammilleri Hall at USC for this concert and recording. This is the gem of a concert hall designed by Yasuhisa Toyota and lovingly built by Antonio and Hanna Damasio, where Yarlung recorded our first jazz albums with Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet. The superb concert hall acoustics and the cozy 90 seat size make Cammilleri ideal for all sorts of music but especially nice for an intimate jazz concert like this. If only more jazz clubs sounded like Cammilleri Hall!

 

 

The repertoire includes a Jazz Medley featuring Kern's "All the Things You Are" from the 1939 musical "Very Warm For May" plus Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train" heard first in 1941 with Ellington's band on the radio. Finishing this medley is Strayhorn & Ellington's "Satin Doll" which came out in 1953 on Capitol Records. The Japanese Medley features "Hazy Moon" (Oborozuki) written by Teiichi Okano in 1914 followed by "Cherry Blossom" (Sakura) from the 17th Century Edo period, which was originally played on koto to celebrate Hanami, or spring flower viewing during the Tokugawa shogunate. Ending this medley is Hachidai Nakamura's "Look At The Sky" (Ue wo Muite Arukou), nicknamed Sukiyaki in English. Mabuchi wrote "Sona's Song" in honor of a beautiful child who was a family member living in Thailand. Yuko first recorded this melody in 2014 for her album My Life. The Sonny Rollins Quartet first released "St. Thomas" in 1956. Rollins adopted this tune from an 18th Century English ditty called The Lincolnshire Poacher. It resurfaced during the American Civil War as The New York Volunteer, and again in the Australian infantry as a march during WWI.


"Volume Two fulfills the promise and expectations following Volume One," notes Los Angeles and Orange County Audio City Society President Robert H. Levi. "Yuko's solo piano jazz medley may be among the greatest solo piano captures on vinyl, and I have never heard a St. Thomas I like better than this one from Yuko, Del and Bobby. What a fantastic arrangement and set of improvisations. Sonny Rollins must be delighted his legacy is in such good hands. My feet will not stop dancing. Beautiful pressing. Good work."


"If Mabuchi's playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed," wrote Jeff Wilson of The Absolute Sound. "The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands out for its in-the-room ambience and tonal clarity."


"Mabuchi’s right hand is the star of each of her solo flights. Clean, precise, and crisp like forebears Teddy Wilson, Marian McPartland, and Tommy Flanagan, but deeply harmonically and rhythmically inspired like the mentioned Evans’" - Kathryn Ballard Shut, JazzTimes

 

 

Musicians:


Yuko Mabuchi, piano
Del Atkins, bass
Bobby Breton, drums

 

Track Listing:

 

Side A:
1. Jazz Medley: All the Things You Are / Take The "A" Train / Satin Doll
2. Japanese Medley: Hazy Moon / Cherry Blossom / Look At The Sky

 

Side B:
3. Yuko Mabuchi: Sona's Song
4. Sonny Rollins: St. Thomas

 

Click here to listen to samples on YouTube.com

 

 


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