Rare Gems: Jun Mijake takes listeners to a magical place with lots of relaxing music

Image courtesy of music-bazaar.com

Image courtesy of music-bazaar.com

We often hear in Brazilian jazz about the many influences artists get and where the music often gets its’ roots planted in.

Cafe Roma uses Italy and France as vehicles, Basia has been a household name stretching from Poland to Chicago and all other points inbetween.  Meanwhile, you can count other countries like Germany, Argentina, and even Argentina with their unique blends of very special harmonies.

You can definitely add the Land of the Rising Sun in Japan as another influence to Brazilian Jazz.  The multiple recording artist and composer named Jun Miyake came out with this cool gem appropriate for any season (especially with the recent sudden change of weather from summer to knee deep in autumn in just a matter of 10 hours this past Wednesday for most of the northern half of the United States).

In Miyake’s career, he has produced 13 solo albums and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the non-English speaking film Pina in January 2012.

The album of the week was released overseas in 2000, but Americans did not get wind of this until 2002.

Each track calms the mind and stirs the soul.  By combining different guitars, electric bass, and plenty of percussion–the albums send off very gentle and relaxing vibes.

This is a great album to read your favorite novel to, or just sample some cheese and your favorite drink of choice.

My favorite songs are on Track 4, with Zeno Ishida providing some neat vocals as the pace picks up a bit on “Trejeitos (or simply, Mannerisms).”

(Yes, and for the record my feet were both firmly on the ground when I typed this particular blog).

I will let you fans come to your own conclusions on Track 6, which I will leave nameless.

However, there is one song that I felt like sharing with a YouTube clip–but sadly, it is not available.  You can find it on Track 9, called “Giraffe in Green.”  Simply, there are lots of subtle mixes of piano and acoustic bass on that particular song.  A very nice song indeed.

Next week, you will think that the cover art was shot in Africa.  I kid you not.

See you then.


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