by Edward Blanco
It is well known that American jazz is very popular in Japan, which explains why so many Japanese musicians move to the United States to develop their jazz pedigree further. New York is a favorite place to chase one's passion for jazz as singer Taeko Fukao did, moving over in the early 90's. She now presents her fourth recording, the very tasteful Contemplation. The album contains music from jazz greats such as Benny Golson, Chick Corea, Bill Evans and Billie ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Say what you will, jazz vocalist Taeko (Fukao)'s One Love is bright and breezy. With a slight trace of accented English, she navigates through eleven mostly mid and up-tempo tunes.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Taeko moved to New York in 1998 to begin her musical experiences by studying with jazz/gospel vocalist Juanita Hall who sang with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and with Jon Hendrick-protege Marion Cowings. For One Love, perhaps the most notable aspect ...read more