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Umezu, Kazutoki: plays the ENKA (Doubtmusic)

Solo woodwind from Umedu Kazutoki, performing in the Enka song style, the Japanese equivalent to the American blues, the French chansonor the Italian canzone.

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Label: Doubtmusic
Catalog ID: dmf-126
Squidco Product Code: 11109

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Japan
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded and mixed by Kondoh Yoshiaki at GOK Sound, Tokyo on October 2 & 3, 2008.


Umedu Kazutoki-alto sax, soprano sax, bass-clarinet, clarinet

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track listing:

1. Karajishi Botan 4:39

2. Yume wa Yoru Hiraku 2:59

3. Hokkikou 4:58

4. Onna no Iji 3:50

5. Tsugarukaikyo Fuyugeshiki 4:23

6. Yorokobi mo Kanashimi mo Ikutoshitsuki 2:13

7. Yagiri no Watashi 4:22

8. Zange no Neuchi mo Nai 3:37

9. Baennorae 6:18

10. Ame no Bojo 4:56

11. Hana to Chou 5:13

12. Mugonzaka 4:04

13. Namida no Misao 3:32

14. Ringo no Uta 2:18
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"Enka is a style of Japanese popular song roughly corresponding to American blues and country music, French chanson and Italian canzone. The sound of enka is deeply rooted in the souls of Japanese people, and famous enka songs continue to be sung and hummed wherever this music exists.

In this album, Umezu's exceptional sensitivity and taste combine with the "world of enka," swirl and eddy, and explode before our eyes. This music has excellent circulation; it leaps with energy. Here, Japan has created a singular kind of human music."-Harada Kazunori, from the liner note

"just what is genre? when i hear umezu's solo enka, i hear an answer to an often asked question."-Jim O'rourke

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