About two months ago I heard Asako Takasaki’s debut CD, ALL OF ME, and I reviewed it here. On April 4, Asako made her debut at the Metropolitan Room, supported by a stellar trio of players: Michael Kanan, piano, Gary Wang, string bass, Michael Petrosino, drums. She isn’t a great singer yet, but I am certain she is on the path to that goal. She has enthusiasm, feeling, and swing — qualities that will keep her afloat in her art.
Here are selections from her debut at The Metropolitan Room, with beautiful accompaniment from Messrs. Kanan, Wang, and Petrosino:
NIGHT AND DAY and MEAN TO ME:
IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME:
CRAZY HE CALLS ME:
ALL OF ME:
LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING – MIAGETE GORAN YORU NO HOSHI WO (where Jerome Kern meets a pretty Japanese ballad):
THEM THERE EYES:
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE:
We wish Asako well on the path!
May your happiness increase.