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viernes, 24 de junio de 2011

CD Review: Mari Tochi - Aligato




CD Review: Mari Tochi - Aligato







On her debut release Aligato, singer Mari Tochi brings an eclectic fusion of sounds and influences that includes of course the music from her native Japan. With her distinctive style and a sweet yet powerful voice, Tochi explores aspects of of her japanese heritage on "Opelo Kai", a song with japanese lyrics and delicate a orchestration.

"Kotodama" mix japanese and english lyrics over a funk groove. Tochi even rap a little bit on this track. "Awayuki" has a more traditional japanese sound before it changes into a slow funk. On "Long way to go" Tochi goes to Brasil with samba rhythms and the danceable sounds of carnaval. An ellegant piano intro gives way to another brazilian influenced track, the bossa "Requiem/Azul no azul do azul". On this one Tochi sings in portuguese and english.

The jazzier tracks on the release are "So long, bye, bye, baby" and "Soran Bushi/My Favourite Things". The harmonies and arrangements on "My Favourite Things" are very similar to Coltrane's version.

The album ends up with mystic sounds of the title track "Aligato".

Tracks: Opelo kai, Kotodama, Long long way to go, Soap of memory, Brooklyn Cloud, Awayuki, Soran Bushi/My Favourite Things, I wanna see you, Requiem/Azul no azul do azul, So long bye bye baby, Aligato

Musicians: Mari Tochi - vocals, percussion, Mamiko Watanabe - piano, Megumi Yonezawa - piano, Hiroya Tsukamato - guitar, Jostein Gulbrandsen - guitar, Tim Collins - vibraphone, Ben Williams - bass, Moto Fukushima - bass, Francisco Mela - drums, Fernc Nemeti - drums, Keita Ogawa - percussion

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