Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Akiko Yano: All the Toys Go Cha Cha Cha

This could be the nicest five minutes you'll have today.

The original album version of this song was released in America in 1990 on a compilation of Yano's earlier recordings. It featured a very funky American rhythm section & sophisticated production by Ryuichi Sakamoto (playing synths here).  I loved it. The band here does a pretty lively job of it. "Omacho Cha Cha Cha" is the name of a popular Japanese children's song, but not the same song.

Akiko is still hardly known in America, but she's so admired that great musicians line up  to work with her.

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I definitely see Hiromi's influence, outside of the traditional jazz medium. Thanks for the introduction to Akiko ... and yes, nicest five minutes today!
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