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Days of Yesterday
     

Days of Yesterday

by Hiromi Kanda
 
The Nagasaki-born vocalist who grew up in Japan dreaming of one day singing the Great American Songbook finally got her chance on her well-reviewed 2010 debut album, Hiromi in Love. On this mostly engaging follow-up, she works with some incredible all-star talent and a lush, dynamically swinging orchestra (arranged and conducted by See more details below

Overview

The Nagasaki-born vocalist who grew up in Japan dreaming of one day singing the Great American Songbook finally got her chance on her well-reviewed 2010 debut album, Hiromi in Love. On this mostly engaging follow-up, she works with some incredible all-star talent and a lush, dynamically swinging orchestra (arranged and conducted by Matt Catingub, who also snags some well-placed sax solos) to keep her dream going strong. While there are moments when her still apparent Japanese accent distracts from her otherwise strong phrasing and balanced sense of playfulness and emotional intimacy, there's no denying Kanda's loving caress of this material -- from the buoyant "I Love Paris" to the sly romance of "All of Me" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay." It's a bold move to complement nine legendary tunes with three originals (penned by Kanda with her husband, composer/producer Yusuke Hoguchi), hoping they fit right in, but it's a gamble that pays off. "Goodnight Yesterday," complemented by Joe Sample's lush, low-key piano, sets a soft, melancholy tone -- a vibe she also embraces on "Twilight Tears." Even better than those is the third original, the high-energy, sass-filled big-band-driven "Dreamer," which features a fun trio of backing female vocalists who function as romantic encouragers. Sample also adds poignancy to "Memories of You" and "Smile," while another guest, tenor man Pete Christlieb, shines on "It Had to Be You" and "All of Me." Kanda's dream is a noble one that lovers of standards should enjoy following.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Music Gate
UPC:
0858606110421
catalogNumber:
61104

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hiromi Kanda   Primary Artist
Matt Catingub   Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Joe Sample   Piano,Soloist
Bob Summers   Trumpet,Soloist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Kevin Axt   Bass
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Julie Gigante   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Linda Harmon   Background Vocals
Dan Higgins   Woodwind
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Greg Huckins   Woodwind
Roland Kato   Viola
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Andy Martin   Trombone,Soloist
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Kim Scholes   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Kevin Winard   Drums
Andrew Shulman   Cello
Christina Soule   Cello
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Armen Anassian   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Robert Berg   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Quinn Johnson   Piano,Soloist
Ishani Bhoola   Violin
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Marina Manukian   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Songa Lee   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Serena McKinney   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Salvadore Lozano   Woodwind
Neil Samples   Violin
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Maia Jasper   Violin
Donna Medine   Background Vocals
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Alex Isles   Trombone
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Jeff Driskell   Woodwind
Debbie Gleason   Background Vocals
Darrius Campo   Violin
Simeon Simeonov   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Matt Catingub   Arranger
Andy Razaf   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Steve Genewick   Pro-Tools
Brigitte Lacombe   Cover Photo
Gerald Marks   Composer
Seymour B. Simons   Composer
Yusuke Hoguchi   Composer,Producer
Hiromi Kanda   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Fud Livington   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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