Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke Mine Quartet – Yellow Carcass In The Blue (1971) [Japan 2007]
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Kimiko Kasai is a Japanese jazz singer (now – retired). Throughout her career Kimiko recorded numerous jazz albums in collaboration with some of the most renowned musicians in the jazz field, such as Billy Higgins, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Oliver Nelson, and Herbie Hancock. “Yellow Carcass in the Blue” is considered an important album by Kimiko Kasai in which she really began to show her original qualities. At the same time, as the “double bill” credit suggests, it was also a showcase for the Kosuke Mine Quartet, which plays two tunes on their own.
Kasai’s slightly husky, soulful voice swings in the surprisingly fast opener, “Alone Together.” She also wrote the lyrics on two songs: “Blues in C Minor” and “Yellow Carcass in the Blue.” The latter was an instrumental composition by Masabumi Kikuchi, the talented, free-leaning pianist, to which Kasai wrote Japanese lyrics. They were ultimately translated into English and that was the version Kasai sang here. On the two instrumental numbers, Kosuke Mine and his young cohorts (virtual all-stars) take off to great heights and challenge the listener, showing that they had digested everything from bop, modal playing and free jazz.
01. Alone Together
02. Blues In C Minor
03. River Dry
04. ‘Round Midnight
05. Yellow Carcass In The Blue
06. Be Still My Soul
Kimiko Kasai – vocals
Kosuke Mine – alto & soprano sax
Masahiro Kikuchi – piano
Yoshio “Chin” Suzuki – bass
Hiroshi Murakami – drums
Produced by Takeshi Fujii. Engineered by Yoshihiko Kannnari.
Recorded on July 11 & 13, 1971 at AOI Studio, Tokyo, Japan.
Three Blind Mice / Sony Music Direct, Japan # MHCP 10044