My First Disney Jazz Ai Kuwabara

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  • 1Friend Like Me03:15
  • 2Down in New Orleans07:19
  • 3When She Loved Me04:42
  • 4Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat03:44
  • 5If I Didn't Have You04:18
  • 6Baby Mine05:54
  • 7I See the Light03:43
  • 8A Whole New World03:11
  • Total Runtime36:06

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Jazz pianist Ai Kuwabara performs the classic Disney musical offerings in her unique and signature style in this solo piano record. From Aladdin to The Aristocats, and many more, your favourite Disney songs are given fresh life with the interpretations of this modern jazz star!

Ai Kuwabara, piano (1-10)
Keisuke Torigoe, bass (1, 5, 8, 10)
Takumi Katsuya, electric bass (2, 6, 7, 9)
Akira Yamada, drums (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Takezo Yamada, trumpet (1, 7)
Yasuki Sogabe, tenor saxophone (1)
RIO, baritone saxophone (1)
MARU, vocal (1)
Akira Wada, vocal & chorus (9)
Kenta Okamoto, percussion (2)
Atsuki Yoshida, violin
Natsumi Okimasu, violin
Izumi Kawamura, viola
Harutoshi Ito, violincello (3)

Ai Kuwabara
(b. 1991) produces her original music in collaboration with bassist Yusuke Morita for this piano trio project. While her music calls to mind a striking resemblance to that of two of her most loved and admired jazz pianists, Michel Petrucciani and Esbjörn Svensson of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.), Kuwabara expresses her creative world with the backing of her lush sensitivity and precise technique.

The trio’s first album “from here to there” (ewe records) debuted nationally in Japan in November 2012, and their second album, “THE SIXTH SENSE” (ewe records), released in April 2013, reached number one on the Tower Records Jazz Chart (Japan). In addition, The Japan Timesselected it as the best album of the first half of 2013 (jazz category), a great acknowledgment.

The trio has performed at a number of festivals, including Sapporo City Jazz 2013 and the 12th Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo International Forum, Hall A).Also they performed 4cities of the west coast in the US(Berkeley,LA,Denver,Anchorage) and gained great success.(Cooperator:The Japan Foundation)

They released their third album "the Window"(ewe records) released in April 2014.

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