Miho Jonishi

This is one of those individuals whose mere presence makes any and all molecules in her immediate vicinity, I suspect everywhere she goes, begin to vibrate with excitement, whose high-voltage smile on the street demands a double-take, whose coolness, if you’re lucky enough to be acquainted, makes YOU feel cool, who not only has aura, but who IS aura – the incredibly talented and supremely hep Jazz vocalist from Sapporo/Sydney/NewYork/Tokyo, Miho Jonishi. Beyond this firecrackin’ bang of character and charisma I mention, she is also a most soulful vocalist, with a deeply nuanced and signature voice that I highly recommend you check out, particularly her most recent record, September in the Rain (available for purchase and on all the streaming platforms from her bio.)

Miho was a surprise show at Tokyo Record Day and I was so glad to see her and dig aide her in the crates at Tower Records. As a student of some very influential musicians, she will likely out-jazz you if you attempt to go head-to-head as I did. But don’t worry, she is as tender as she is steeped in the entire breadth of Jazz, all of which comes through her singing. She gave me a small heap of recommendations, mentioning interestingly, that they were all still living, recording, and performing, making me realize so much of the limited Jazz that I know is only dead legends …who Miho ALSO loves and respects and whose albums she studies like textbooks. But Miho is primarily, definitively focussed on contemporary artists who she still has chances to see perform. Interesting. By the way, Miho, I’ve lost your recommendations somewhere on my phone. If you recall a few that you mentioned (or even more you didn’t), please leave us all some essential contemporary Jazz artists rec’s in the comments, those who are inspiring you lately (and any upcoming performances, too!)

Thanks, Miho! So cool you came! Enjoy the records and hope to see you next time. More Tokyo Record Style to come!

George Shearing Original Quintet – September In The Rain
Label: Verve Records – 35MJ 3241/2
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation, Reissue, Mono
Country: Japan
Released: 1983
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz

McCoy Tyner – Reevaluation: The Impulse Years
Label: ABC Records – AS-9235-2, Impulse! – AS-9235-2
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1973
Genre: Jazz

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