The Yuko Mabuchi Trio Volume 1 180g 45rpm LP (Pallas Pressing)
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180g 45rpm Vinyl LP! Pressed at Pallas!
Mastered For Vinyl By Bernie Grundman!
Special LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Edition!
Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is joined by bassist Del Atkins and drummer Bobby Breton
for this audiophile recording of four popular and jazz tunes recorded in The
Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammilleri Hall, March 31, 2017.
Yuko dedicated this release to the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, the largest association of audiophiles on the planet, and to the 70th Birthday of Robert H. Levi, Yarlung's society’s illustrious President and CEO.
If Mabuchi’s playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed. The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands out for its in-the-room ambience and tonal clarity.
Liner Notes by Bob Attiyeh:
Yuko Mabuchi moved to the United States from her native Japan only recently, but
when she plays American jazz she speaks the language perfectly. I love Yuko’s
sense of rhythm and melody, and her improvising feels like she was born in
Detroit or New York City. Her technique reminds me of some of Yuko’s music idols
like Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and Monty Alexander. But beyond her talent
for traditional jazz, one can also hear flavors of American R&B, Hip-Hop and
Blues, which Yuko loved as a teenager. This album’s associate producer and
Yarlung special advisor Billy Mitchell describes Yuko’s playing as “funky from
the heart,” and he means that as an enormous compliment. Yuko was born in Fukui,
on the west coast of Japan, north of Kyoto. She studied classical music and the
piano starting at age four, and continued her studies at the AN Music School in
Kyoto, where she was a jazz piano student of Kunihiro Kameda.
I first heard the Yuko Mabuchi Trio at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. The
trio performed for the annual SAPPA gala, a non-profit organization for which Yuko volunteers as accompanist for the Watts-Willowbrook
I went home that night, thinking about the trio’s electrifying sound and Yuko’s
dynamism. I telephoned the next day, asking if Yuko wanted to make a debut album
with her trio. “Yes!” she said. We held our live concert recording session on
March 31st, 2017. My friend Billy Mitchell was an integral part of this project,
organizing rehearsals and assisting in the overall production of this recording.
His depth of experience, superb instincts, good humor and organizational ability
have made this project an enduring pleasure.
Dr. Antonio Damasio generously invited us back to the Brain and Creativity
Institute’s Cammilleri Hall at USC for this concert and recording. This is the
gem of a concert hall designed by Yasuhisa Toyota and lovingly built by Antonio
and Hanna Damasio, where Yarlung recorded our first jazz albums with
Sophisticated Lady jazz quartet. The superb concert hall acoustics and the cozy
90 seat size make Cammilleri ideal for all sorts of music but especially nice
for an intimate jazz concert like this. If only more jazz clubs sounded like
Yarlung’s engineers Arian Jansen and Tom Caulfield joined me for this project
which we recorded in stereo on analog tape and in 256DSD and 5 Channel Surround
Sound in 256DSD.
Arian Jansen and Bob Attiyeh recorded the stereo version of the Yuko Mabuchi
Trio concert using an AKG C-24 and two Schoeps M222 vacuum tube microphones from
Ted Ancona, and a 5ZERO7 from David Bock. They used Elliot Midwood vacuum tube
microphone preamplification and fed the signal into their SonoruS ATR12 analog
tape recorder using Sonorus Holographic Imaging technology, and into their
Merging Technologies Hapi converter recording DSD256 using Pyramix software.
Cole Porter: What Is This Thing Called Love:
from Cole Porter's musical Wake Up and dream, premiered by Elsie Carlisle in
London in March of 1929. Frances Shelley sang the tune in the Broadway premiere
in December of the same year. Famous recordings include those by Billie Holiday,
Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Anita O'Day, Julie London and Wynton
Mark Lehman: Valse Noire:
Cincinnati composer and writer Mark Louis Lehman follows some of his
compositional heroes, Hindemith, Bartok, Piston and Martin, with music both
insightful and intimate. Here Yuko Mabuchi improvises with her trio on Lehman's
opening tune of Valse Noire, originally written for solo piano.
Bronislaw Kaper: On Green Dolphin Street:
Miles Davis made this tune world famous in his 1958 recording, but Kaper wrote
this tune in 1947 for the film Green Dolphin Street. Also recorded by Ahmad
Jamal, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock,
Chick Corea, and a long list of other famous interpreters.
Sara Bareilles: Seriously:
Bareilles wrote Seriously for the singer Leslie Odom, Jr. for a special session
on This American Life. Yuko arranged this captivating tune and its nuances of
deep humanity for the Trio. They performed it for the first time in Cammilleri
Hall during the Yarlung concert.
"If Mabuchi’s playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical,
it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed.
The performances benefit from an exceptionally realistic recording that stands
out for its in-the-room ambience and tonal clarity." - Jeff Wilson, The
"The youthful Yuko’s jazz performances on the piano are remarkably mature, as
are her accompanists on the double bass and drums. …the presence of the
recording is uncannily real." - Neville Roberts, The UK’s Hi-Fi Choice
"This live recording is an awe-inspiring work of art. Pianist Yuko Mabuchi is
as exciting on recording as she is in person. Here is a production that sparkles
with improvisational creativity, energy, and the piano talents of a young and
developing super star. This is a soulful CD, combining cultures, like serving
grits and gravy with delicious miso soup. This talented lady and her trio are a
force of nature that bring musical excellence and energetic excitement to an
unforgettable jazz production." - Dee Dee McNeil
"Yuko Mabuchi takes command of both her instrument and the listener’s ears
from the first stroke of the album’s opener … the live album is a must-own for
piano trio aficionados and jazz lovers of all stripes.
"A tremendous highlight of the album is… “On Green Dolphin Street.” Pitched in
Bill Evans’ preferred key of E-flat…. Dave Brubeck himself would have applauded
the tight interplay of time between one half of the head, presented in a heavy ¾
that alternates sweetly with the straight ‘four-on-the-floor’ 4/4 of the next
four bars of the same phrase…. Mabuchi, delicious bassist Del Atkins, and tasty
drummer Bobby Breton make it new all over again…
"Mabuchi’s right hand is the star of each of her solo flights. Clean, precise,
and crisp like forebears Teddy Wilson, Marian McPartland, and Tommy Flanagan,
but deeply harmonically and rhythmically inspired like the mentioned Evans…"
- Kathryn Ballard Shut, JazzTimes
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas
• Mastering Engineers: Steve Hoffman & Bob Attiyeh
• Vinyl Mastering: Bernie Grundman
• LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Edition
Yuko Mabuchi, piano
Del Atkins, bass
Bobby Breton, drums
1. What Is This Thing Called Love - Cole Porter
2. Valse Noire - Mark Louis Lehman
3. On Green Dolphin Street - Bronislaw Kaper
4. Seriously - Sara Bareilles
Recorded in The Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammilleri Hall, March 31,