If you would like to know how jazz music has been imported and developed in Japan, it must be a short way to listen to a Japanese jazz album; Elizabeth Taylor En Amérique Du Sud, it means South American Elizabeth Taylor in English.
Elizabeth Taylor En Amérique Du Sud is an album of Kikuchi Naruyoshi; a Japanese jazz musician who plays sax, keyboards, and sings. Although Kikuchi made his debut as a jazz saxophone player in 1980s, he released his first leading album in 2004. Elizabeth Taylor En Amérique Du Sud was published in 2005 and becomes his turning point.
Nocturne For Machiko Kyo plays the substantial opening of the album. It could be old tango or Japanese cabaret music, and sounds so comfortable for Japanese. They often say jazz is music for night. All through the album, most of Japanese people could take it as night city music.
Elizabeth Taylor En Amerique Du Sud
Released on Apr. 29, 2005
East Works Entertainment
01. Lounge Time #1
02. Nocturne For Machiko Kyo
03. The Look Of Love
04. Jorge Luis Borges
05. Elizabeth Taylor En Parisian ( Non-Existence )
06. The Latina Elizabeth Taylor
07. Lounge Time #2
08. Lounge Time #3
10. The Funeral Of Lupe Vélez
11. Crazy He Calls Me
12. Song Of The Latina Elizabeth Taylor
Next, The Look Of Love is a duet of Kikuchi Naruyoshi and Kahimi Karie. The grace of their performance is actually music for night cities as it could satisfy ears of fans of Burt Bacharach who composed the song.
Interweaving covers like Corcovado; a masterpiece of bossa nova and original songs as The Funeral Of Lupe Vélez and so on, Kikuchi consistently presents glamorous languor of first class. For sure, Japanese mostly cannot help reacting to the atmosphere.
Kikuchi organized a small orchestra called Pepe Tormento Azucarar, for play songs of the album on the stage. From 2006, he has brought out some albums in the name of Kikuchi Naruyoshi y Pepe Tormento Azucarar. That makes us think Elizabeth Taylor En Amérique Du Sud became his turning point on his career.
By the way, Elizabeth Taylor is a late popular actress from United Kingdom, who played a leading part of BUtterfield 8. As I wonder Kikuchi has deeply liked her, he covered the theme of the film on Estudios de síntoma de pérdida de memoria, in the name of Kikuchi Naruyoshi y Pepe Tormento Azucarar.
The music Kikuchi shows in Elizabeth Taylor En Amérique Du Sud, must be a shape of jazz which has soaked into Japanese. So please decline asking like is this really jazz music?