Kana (and Ryuhei)

Ryuhei, kind and friendly boyfriend of lovely Kana pictured here, you don’t deserve to be thrown under the bus, like I am sadly about to do to you. You seem very gentle, and smart, and cool, and handsome, and sweet, and no doubt a great catch for Kana …god, please know how much I genuinely hate to have to do this… but purely by virtue of Kana’s love for records, compounded by the fact that the one and only record that she brought home this day was an un-cheap record, requiring hard-earned limited cash of a 20-somthing-year-old, and by the fact that that record was Bill Evan with Jeremy Steig’s “What’s New” and also by virtue of the fact that you we sadly empty-handed, with no record to add to a non-existing record collection, I hate to say this, mate, but your Lovely Kana, in the eyes of the arbiters of taste, is infinitely more cool than you.

But don’t feel toooo bad, Ryuhei. Take some delight in the fact that you found a needle in a haystack, truly a diamond in the rough, a very rare kind of exotic bird, the kind that most men DREAM of finding. You found the highly-coveted, respectfully and carefully regarded, never-to-be-taken-for-granted girlfriend who loves not only records, but goooood records, and who probably has infinitely better tastes in music than you. I know that I don’t know you, but I can take one at Lovely Kana, stacked up next to you, and compare your blissful ignorance to that of my own youth, and see that you are both the luckiest guy in the world and desperately in need of help. Luckily, it will probably be Lovey Kana who will be able to provide that help, to make you cool, and earn you the respect of smug discerning record snobs like me. No doubt, it will take lots of time and work, I can tell that to be certain, but judging by Kana’s designer shirt, attention-grabbing long tartan skirt, her Chuck Taylors, her “レレレノコード” Tote bag from some obscure show-era Kawagoe record shop that she likely found with her taste-telling antennas, and her BEAMING SMILE (read: “zest for life”), you are in very, very good hands, mate. Congrats Ryuhei! You, my friend, have absolutely found …a keeper.

Bill Evans With Jeremy Steig – What’s New
Label: Verve Records – MV 2095
Series: SAL74 System Sound Revolution
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: Japan
Released: May 1975
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop

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