Taeko | One Love

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One Love

by Taeko

A bright young songbird from Japan who combines the scatting of Ella Fitzgerald and the soulfulness of Anita Baker
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. One Love - Opening Taeko Fukao
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2. It Could Happen To You Taeko Fukao
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3:06 album only
3. Dindi Taeko Fukao
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6:24 album only
4. Would You Believe Taeko Fukao
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3:57 album only
5. I've Never Been In Love Before Taeko Fukao
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3:07 album only
6. Hoshi-No Love Letter Taeko Fukao
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6:35 album only
7. I Hear A Rhapsody Taeko Fukao
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8. Tav'lin' Light Taeko Fukao
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5:29 album only
9. People Make The World Go Around Taeko Fukao
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10. Little B's Poem Taeko Fukao
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11. One Love Taeko Fukao
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Taeko is an amazing and exciting songbird from Japan
with a great command of her clean voice and keen
musicianship. She is one of the best of her generation."
- Juanita Fleming, Jazz&Gospel Singer/Actress

Taeko, born and raised on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, was inspired by her father's and grandfather's traditional Japanese music and has been singing as long as she can remember. In 1998, Taeko came to New York City with dreams of expanding her singing career and took a strong liking to Jazz. The intense jazz study, coupled with her naturally appealing voice and musical ideas, have earned her performances in some of New York City's best known Jazz and R&B clubs, including Blue Note, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, Lenox Lounge, and ZincBar. Her musical talent is also bought to Japan every spring and fall.

Taeko performs with great jazz giants today such as Onaje Allan Gumb, Harry Whitaker, George Colligan, Kenny Davis,
Dwayne Burno, Jim Cammack, Marcus McLaurine, Essiet Essiet,
Vic Juris, Yoshiaki Masuo, to name a few.


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Edward Blanco/ejazznews.com

Definitely one heck of a jazz singer
An amazing singer who bills herself as a Japanese songbird, jazz and R&B vocalist Taeko Fukao has been performing and producing charming jazz vocal albums in New York for the past decade. “One Love” is Taeko’s fourth release and perhaps the best so far. Presenting passionate interpretations of various pop and jazz standards from the song books of such legendary composers as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen and Bob Marley, the music is light, jazzy and exceptional.

Recorded in three different sessions between April of 2006 and March of last year, each session uses a different cast of musicians which include Misha Tsiganov, Harry Whitaker and Doug Richardson sharing the duties on piano. Gaku Takanashi and Dwayne Burno play bass while Richardson mans the drums on all but a couple of tracks.

What is unmistakably noticeable from the outset is the lady’s vocal command and lush deep voice that reaches with ease. Just listen to her seductive interpretation of Jobim’s classic “Dindi” and you’ll be swayed. The knock out tune here is the melodically-rich “Would You Believe” where the lady hits the high notes and caresses the lyrics with tasteful elegance.

Taeko voices a quick rendition of “It Could Happen To You” displaying her ample scatting skills which she repeats on other selections like on Frank Loesser’s “I’ve Never Been In Love Before.” For an unusual treat, you need to listen to “Hoshi-no Love Letter” and hear the vocalist sing in her native Japanese then lend your ears to the tune “Trav’lin Light,” to hear a beautiful love ballad sung to the heart.

Definitely one heck of a jazz singer, Taeko Fukao’s graceful approach to the music leaves quite an impression on “One Love.” Armed with a beautiful voice and range, this is one lady of jazz who knows how to carry a tune and make it come alive.