Shoji Yokouchi Trio, Yuri Tashiro – Greensleeves
“If this is not the ultimate audiophile demonstration LP released this year, then none will be released. I dare you to stop listening to this LP once the first cut has commenced! With mostly standards jazzed up for the brilliant musicians to love to play, I was constantly tapping my toes and reminiscing on when I first heard a certain melody. What great fun!” – Robert H. Levi.
The Shoji Yokouchi Trio features its leader and namesake on various electric and acoustic guitars, Kunimitsu Inaba on string bass, and Hajime Ishimatsu on drums. For this session, recorded in early September of 1978 at Tokyo’s Epicurus Studio, Yuri Tashiro sits in on Hammond organ. The result of the two days in the studio is a recording of jazz standards and original tunes. That the performances are engaging and enthusiastic, demonstrating exceptional musicianship, makes the event all the more compelling.
Impex has always had a special place in their hearts for Shoji Yokouchi’s Greensleeves. Standards, original tunes, and traditional pieces (like the title track), are interpreted in unexpectedly funky, soulful ways. The master guitarist is given immeasurable support by organist Yuri Tashiro. Her playing is alternately moody and spry, fiery and funky. Impex’s vinyl reissue preserves the original’s clear, exacting sound (check out the bass on Tashiro’s organ!) while improving surface noise and presentation. This rare gem of Tee Fujii’s repertoire is yet another entertaining listen for Three Blind Mice fans from their friends at Impex Records!
A1 Willow Weep For Me
A4 Drink Up Vodka Martini
B1 New Orleans Sunday
B3 Your Watch is Ten Minutes Slow