Vocalist Taeko Fukao celebrated her new album, One Love at the Kitano Hotel on June 4, 2008. A good crowd turned out for the event. Taeko was wearing a beautiful dress: a beige mesh over satin. The singer, who has a very appealing voice, made it to the final 12 of the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition this year, and she works well with her trio of outstanding jazz musicians.
The Kitano has a nice space to hear live jazz, and there is no cover for their weeknight performances (held on Wednesdays and Thursdays). The second set opened with an instrumental number, written by Taeko’s Russian pianist, Misha Tsiganov. Besides being an excellent accompanist, he is very adept at playing with a trio. This was followed by the standard, “It Could Happen to You,” one of the songs on Taeko’s CD. The well-written arrangement had Taeko singing with a professional ease, her scatting and variations of phrasing the melody uniquely hers.
More information on the singer at www.songbirdtaeko.com
Listen to samples of the CD at www.cdbaby.com/cd/taeko