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Mr. Wonderful [Blu-spec CD] by Ayako Hosokawa
Mr. Wonderful [Blu-spec CD] by Ayako Hosokawa at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:Ayako Hosokawa
Name:Mr. Wonderful [Blu-spec CD]
Cat No.:THCD-313
Performed by:Ayako Hosokawa (vocal)
Shoji Yokouchi (guitar)
Konosuke Saijo (tenor sax)
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto (piano)
Isao Fukui (bass)
Tetsujiro Obara (drums)
Release Date:07/09/2014
Description:Three Blind Mice Blu-spec CD reissue series! Limited paper sleeve edition!

Ayako Hosokawa started singing at the age of 14 at American military camps in Japan. She married to an American and went to San Francisco when she was 22. In 1965 she started to sing with Earl "Fatha" Hines's band. The 1970s was hard for jazz singers but she moved to Los Angeles and kept singing.

After spending 17 years on the West Coast, she went back to Japan to record this debut album for the Three Blind Mice. The producer paired her with a quartet consisting of top Japanese musicians and added four strings on some songs. Everything was recorded live, as was the tradition for the TBM.

Hosokawa's English pronunciation and enunciation -- a difficult challenge for a Japanese singer -- is perfect. Her singing is simple and straight forward, but her interpretations are superb and her emotions comes through and touches the listner profoundly. There is no need for qualified praise, like "good for a Japanese singer." This is simply a wonderful vocal album, period. Beautiful singing, great arrangements and accompaniment, superbly recorded.

Produced by Takeshi Fujii. Recorded at Epicurus Studio, Tokyo on June 9 and 10, 1977. Blu-spec CD is compatible with all regular CD players. Paper sleeve special limited edition.

Album Tracks:
1. Wrap Your Troubles in DreamsMP3 Sample
2. Misty
3. Our Love Is Here to Stay
4. My Foolish Heart
5. Bridge Over Troubled Water
6. When You Smile
7. Mr. WonderfulMP3 Sample
8. Feel Like Makin' Love
9. The Lady Is a Tramp
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