Monday, January 12, 2009

There Will Never Be Another You w/Masako Okada and Alter Ego

There Will Never Be Another You (written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon)
Masako Okada (Vocal)
Marty Honda (Violin)
Jaro Olejar (Tenor Sax)
Joe Roark (Keyboard)
Noriyuki Okada (Bass)
Michael Medwid (Drums)
Recorded on January 10, 2009 at Dana St. Cafe, Mtn View, CA

It had been quite some time since my wife and I played together last time, but Marty was very kind to allow her to sit in at the gig at Dana Street Cafe last Saturday. Although we had only so limited time to rehearse, the performance came out to be great.

I really like the way we started: Masako starts singing in complete solo, followed by my walking bass. Then the whole band joins from the 2nd half of the theme melody (or the "head"). Very smooth. We didn't even rehearse this part!

I also like the 4 bars exchange between vocal and drums in the last few choruses. Even better, she pushes it into 2 bars exchange. This was the first time I have ever seen her do 2 bars exchange since she started to sing jazz. Very creative.

Overall, this night was a lot of fun, thanks to the great supportive audience. It's so true: it's the audience that create good music!

Alter Ego's MySpace:

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1 comment:

Marty Honda said...

Nice concept: "Internet jazz venue". Off to a good start. I hope it catches on. And you even have a 日本語 version! Very impressive!

Let me know if I can help.

And thanks for all the work producing the videos.