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Blue Selection
Inoue Yosui & His Songs in Jazz
Date:30, Apr, 2017
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Sometimes I think the most important thing on traveling is, not the destination and the process, coming back to the starting point. No journey can exist without the starting point. So I believe our traveling might be getting out from the starting point and coming back there.

Inoue Yosui, a japanese pop singer, released "Blue Selection" in 2002. He rearranged and sang again his songs in jazz way on the album. Jazz becomes his vocal and songs very much. However, there must have been such a question "Why did he have to do jazz now?"

『Blue Selection』
Inoue Yosui


Release: Nov. 20, 2002

1. Kazarija Nainoyo Namida wa
2. Kagi no Kazu
3. Dance wa Umaku Odorenai
4. Eiga ni Yuko
5. Usotsuki Diamond
6. Final Love Song
7. Wakan-nai
8. Haiiro no Yubisaki
9. Kanariya
10. Umi e Kinasai
11. Saigo no News
I think this way. "Blue Selection" must have been a ceremony of Yosui for bringing back his songs made on the way of his life to his starting point.

It doesn't mean that Yosui was Born to be Blue. The most important point is that he released "United Cover" in 2001, the last year of 2002 when "Blue Selection" was out. "United Cover" almost consists of Japanese old pop songs which influenced Yosui a lot, covered by him.

Maybe you guess jazz is a kind of music for those who act as if intellectuals. I can hardly deny it. However, jazz used to be played as pop music in Japan around the last World War. In other words, basis of our old popular songs is jazz.

My corollary says that Yosui must have been kind of absorbed in jazz connected at a fundamental level of Japanese old pop songs or taking in something jazzy, on the way of making the "United Cover." After completing "United Cover," he tried to take some of his songs like his beloved children to jazz world. Elements of jazz potentially might have flowed underground of some of his songs, Probably. Yosui produced "Blue Selection" next year, thus.

On promotion of "Blue Selection," Yosui appeared in a popular song program "Hey! Hey! Hey!" and chatted with Down Town, a Japanese popular comic duo. he performed "飾りじゃないのよ涙は" there. Watching the program taught me what jazz was, when I was 18 who had never heard any of jazz. By such a memory, I still believe "Blue Selection" is a good entrance of jazz for those who haven't been close to jazz music.

No foreign musicians are found on the album. Every song is performed by Japanese best players, like Yamaki Hideo on drums and Mikuzuki Chiharu on bass guitar. I believe this is the greatest jazz album by Japanese for that.

As mentioned above, the most important thing on traveling is coming back to the starting point. So the "Blue Selection," Yosui's ceremony for taking his children back to his home, must be pretty important on Yosui's journey. Of course, this is my corollary.


Inoue Yosui Official Site (Japanese)




 

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