Emi Makabe – Anniversary (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:50 minutes | 978 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Greenleaf Music
The intimate, alluring art of singer-composer and instrumentalist Emi Makabe is utterly individual, even as it resonates with inspirations ranging from Japanese folk music, jazz improvisation and beyond.
Born and raised in Japan but a decade-plus resident of New York, Makabe releases her debut album Anniversary, featuring her original songs – sung in English, Japanese and wordless vocalese – in airy, artful arrangements, with improvisation naturally part of the mix. The record features Emi on vocals and shamisen (a traditional Japanese string instrument) alongside a trio of New York jazz virtuosos: Vitor Gonçalves on piano/accordion, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums/vibraphone.
Along with the shamisen-laced singles “Treeing” and “Flash,” highlights of Anniversary include the jazzy, melody-rich “O Street,” the otherworldly “Mielcke” and the romantic-minded title track. The album also features Emi’s apt setting of “Chimney Sweeper,” the sad-eyed poem by William Blake about a child abandoned.
1. Treeing (03:21)
2. Joy (07:23)
3. Chimney Sweeper (05:41)
4. Moon & I (04:52)
5. Something Love (04:54)
6. Flash (03:12)
7. I Saw The Light (03:53)
8. Mielcke (02:54)
9. O Street (03:38)
10. Rino (04:50)
11. Anniversary (03:50)