The middle member of the Three Blind Mice "Great Three" is the debut headline performance by legendary Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Midnight Sugar. This sweet and low session, recorded mere five months before his masterpiece Misty, creates a bewitching mood of late night rambling and soulful yearning. No one in Tee Fujii's circle of fine players better exemplifed the style and substance of the Three Blind Mice sound and it is evident here in Yamamoto's first try. Stunning dynamics, wide soundstaging, and idiosyncratic interpretations make Midnight Sugar an enjoyable introduction into the deep world of Japanese jazz.
Available for the first time in pristine 24K gold compact disc, Yamamoto and drummer Tetsujiro Obara and bassist Isoo Fukui make musical poetry of three classic standards ("I'm a Fool to Want You", "The Nearness of You", and "It Could Happen to You"), while introducing Yamamoto's own compositional genius with "Sweet Georgia Blues" and the title track, all captured with the kind of supreme fidelity Three Blind Mice would later be heralded for.
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the same sources as the classic Cisco/Impex 45 rpm vinyl, you can bring one of TBM's early greats into your listening room, your car, or computer playback system, with the assurance of quality Impex is also heralded for.
Impex has created a dynamic package for this Japanes jazz chestnut, with hardcover book package, new design elements and photos and "Rhythm Planet" host Tom Schnabel's liner notes, written especially for this release.
Limited Edition 24 Karat Gold Edition CD! Mastered by Kevin Gray!
Few, if any, international audiophile jazz recordings have maintained the kind of deep and profound influence over techniques and even entire label repertoire as Three Blind Mices TBM6, TBM23, and TBM30. The of-the-moment realism of Yoshihiko Kannaris recordings and production aesthetic of producer and label head Takeshi Tee Fujii have been the benchmark to match. It is to their immense credit that Blow Up, Midnight Sugar, and Misty have yet to be matched, even 40 years later.
Impex, who as Cisco Music has had a long association with Tee and Three Blind Mice, has finally made available these seminal recordings on our state-of-the-art 24K, HDCD-encoded Gold CD for this first time ever.
Kevin Grays careful, unobtrusive mastering provides a near-analog like listening experience while you explore the deluxe book packaging with original photographs from the TBM archives and a new set of essays from NPRs Rhythm Planet host Tom Schnabel.
Impex has given their all to the Three Blind Mice Gold CDs. Giving less for productions with these legacies would be a legendary mistake.
Touring with the Micky Curtis Band, Yamamoto had the chance to explore several international experiences that he would later use on this album as he worked with this band in France, England and Switzerland. On Midnight Sugar the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio plays two of Tsuyoshis own blues improvisations followed by jazz ballads that became standards for the Trio. The combination of these titles is nothing but exceptional. It is Yamamotos unmistakable skill and his jazz feeling which adds that certain touch of liveliness and spontaneity and makes Midnight Sugar a unique experience.
24k Gold CD
Mastered by Kevin Gray
Deluxe hard-cover packaging
Booklet contains archival photographs
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, piano
Isoo Fukui, bass
Tetsujiro Obara, drums