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Time After Time, Yuka Mito's second solo album, shines new light on oft-recorded songs from The Great American Songbook, adding three pop tunes and one original for a tasteful project from a Japanese vocalist with a love for jazz. Now based in New York, Mito divides her performance time between the Tokyo and New York jazz scenes. A gritty contralto and ever-so-slight accent makes her approach even more unique.
. Farnham's terrific version of Ned Washington's time-honored "On Green Dolphin Street" includes some unexpected but well-placed scatting, supported by an excellent piano solo.
Mito's soulful phrasing make potentially worn-out songs like "Bye Bye Blackbird," Ellington's "Satin Doll" and the immortal jazz standard "Body and Soul" sound fresh and new. Two more classic songs enjoying Mito's stylish and unique treatment are "Imagination," and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," while the singer transforms the melody to John Lennon
, among others, Mito was first drawn to songs from The Great American Songbook on her as-yet unreleased Cole PorterLatin Grooves, from 2005, making Time After Time, in a way, her debut release. Yielding once more to the passion that stirs within, it is a pleasurable encore performance of familiar classics from an unfamiliar Japanese songbird determined to change her status.
Track Listing: Cheek to Cheek; On Green Dolphin Street; Bye Bye Blackbird; Imagine; Nada Sou Sou; Satin Doll; Time After Time; Imagination; Sing Sing Sing--It Don't Mean A Thing; Caravan; Body and Soul; I Feel Nothing; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Something.
Personnel: Yuka Mito: vocals; Allen Farnham: piano; Dean Johnson: bass; Tim Horner: drums.