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Umezu Kazutoki plays the ENKA -woodwind solo
Umedu Kazutoki (alto sax, soprano sax, bass-clarinet, clarinet)


Enka is a style of Japanese popular song roughly corresponding to American blues and country music, French chanson and Italian canzone. The sound of enka is deeply rooted in the souls of Japanese people, and famous enka songs continue to be sung and hummed wherever this music exists.
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In this album, Umezu's exceptional sensitivity and taste combine with the "world of enka," swirl and eddy, and explode before our eyes. This music has excellent circulation; it leaps with energy. Here, Japan has created a singular kind of human music. ー (Harada Kazunori) excerpt from liner note

just what is genre? when i hear umezu's solo enka, i hear an answer to an often asked question. (Jim O'rourke)

doubtmusic / dms-126
Street date : 26 october, 2008
Cover : digi-pack
2,200 yen(tax ex)
2,310 yen(tax in)
liner note : Harada Kazunori
cover disign : Sasaki Akira
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1. Karajishi Botan (4:39)
2. Yume wa Yoru Hiraku (2:59)
3. Hokkikou (4:58)
4. Onna no Iji (3:50)
5. Tsugarukaikyo Fuyugeshiki (4:23)
6. Yorokobi mo Kanashimi mo Ikutoshitsuki (2:13)
7. Yagiri no Watashi (4:22)
8. Zange no Neuchi mo Nai (3:37)
9. Baennorae (6:18)
10. Ame no Bojo (4:56)
11. Hana to Chou (5:13)
12. Mugonzaka (4:04)
13. Namida no Misao (3:32)
14. Ringo no Uta (2:18)

alto sax on 1, 4, 8 and 13 / soprano sax on 2, 7, 9 & 11 / bass-clarinet on 3 & 6 / clarinet on 5, 10, 12 & 14