Artist: Yuko Mabuchi
Album: Yuko Mabuchi Plays Miles Davis
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Origin: Japan / USA
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
All Blues (Live)
Blue In Green (Live)
Ikumi’s Lullaby (Live)
So What (Live)
Sky With No Tears (Live)
Missing Miles (Live)
Yuko chose several Miles Davis favorites for this concert and recording, including Nardis, So What and Blue & Green. With underwriting support from Steven A. Block, Raulee Marcus and Leslie Lassiter, Yarlung commissioned Missing Miles, which Yuko created in honor of Miles himself. Missing Miles concluded the concert and we end with it on this album. Ann Mulally underwrote Ikumi’s Lullaby, an original composition by Yuko. Ikumi’s Lullaby opened our concert, but it comes as the fourth track on this CD.
Thanks to a welcoming invitation from Dr. Antonio Damasio, we returned to Cammilleri Hall at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC to give this concert and make this recording.
Neville Roberts (The UK’s HiFi Choice) writes “As anticipated, it is superb! The Lullaby gently relaxes you into the environment of… Cammilleri Hall. Yuko’s sympathetic rendition of ‘So What’ … was true to him, but with a freshness and energy that Yuko and her team imparted to the performance – wonderful… a real homage to Miles Davis, but with Yuko’s individuality imprinted on her super compositions.”
Toyota Motor North America joined executive producer Randy Bellous in underwriting this project. Read more about Yuko’s and Yarlung’s connections with Toyota in our Producer’s Notes link above.
After hearing Yuko perform in this concert, Aaron Egigian from Segerstrom Center for the Arts asked Yuko to open for Branford Marsalis in January, 2019. Billy Mitchell Productions made a small-camera video of the concert which you can enjoy on the Yarlung Channel. Yuko performs some of her repertoire from her Miles Davis album, but notice how differently she improvises classics like So What. Rick Brown reviewed the performance for Yarlung News and for The Absolute Sound.
It is a thrill to work with Yuko, JJ, Del and Bobby. I look forward to hearing what these young virtuosi create next.
Bob Attiyeh, producer