More sales of BitPerfect are made in Japan than anywhere else, and by quite a large margin! We only wish we were able to communicate in Japanese with our largest and most loyal customer base! So, with the help of Google Translations, I am here to say a very big and heart-felt ありがとうございました
In recognition of this fact, I am recommending to you one of my
all-time favorite jazz recordings, Misty, by the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto trio.
Those who still cling to the belief that only American musicians could
possibly understand jazz, take note!
This was originally released on LP way back in 1974 by the boutique
Japanese label Three Blind Mice, which was formed to promote the
accomplishments of Japanese jazz musicians around the world. Misty is
probably their single most successful album, and is lauded worldwide as
one of the very finest all-time jazz albums regardless of origin. In
part, this is due to its original renown as an audiophile classic, but
over the years the quality of the performance has garnered a more
widespread acknowledgement among jazz aficionados.
with the sonics. Oh yes, this is an audiophile must-have. Misty has
some of the finest, most crystalline piano playing ever captured on
tape. The clarity and purity of tone captured by the engineers at Three
Blind Mice sets a standard that is rarely approached, even by today’s
finest recording engineers. But then there’s the double bass, which, on
the right equipment, is there with you in the room. I should mention
the drums too …
Performance-wise, it is one of those albums
that so totally immerses you in the music that you can easily forget the
passage of time. I sat down to listen through it once more before
writing this, and before I knew what happened I had played through the
whole thing. I had to play it again, just so I could write more
objectively about it. This is the sort of jazz I love – where the
players are out to impress you more by their musicianship than by their
virtuosity. And the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto trio are consummate musicians.
Misty is still available as an LP, and I still play mine, which I
bought back in 1980. But you can also buy it in various guises of CD,
both standard issues and audiophile grade, plus an SACD release which I
am dying to get my hands on as a DSD download.
Highly recommended – whether you are Japanese or not! さようなら