It's All About Love

It's All About Love

by Michiko OgawaMichiko Ogawa


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Arbors has become the home of a quality cadre of traditional-minded jazz musicians. While this has made the label ideal for older players like Ruby Braff and Bucky Pizzarelli, Arbors isn't just about nostalgia for traditional jazz. The Michiko Ogawa Trio, for instance, centers on a talented Japanese pianist who's fairly new to the scene. On her first album for the label, It's All About Love, she's joined by bassist Phil Flanigan and drummer Ed Metz Jr. The material is grounded in classic jazz with versions of familiar pieces like "I Cover the Waterfront," "All of Me," and "Body and Soul." The trio is occasionally augmented by tenor Harry Allen and the overall program is bolstered here and there with Ogawa's vocals. Indeed, it's the presence of Ogawa's vocals on a rhythm-friendly "All of Me" and the bass-heavy "What Is This Thing Called Love?" that work best here. Only a couple of cuts exceed the six-minute mark on It's All About Love, meaning that the arrangements are lean and tight. The variation of straight trio pieces with vocals and Allen's tenor also keeps the disc from falling into an overly familiar groove. Fans of modern jazz and the classic songbook will enjoy the Michiko Ogawa Trio.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941129427
catalogNumber: 19294
Rank: 85263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michiko Ogawa   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader,Vocals
Phil Flanigan   Bass,Group Member
Ed Metz   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Peter Norman   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Gary Baldassari   Engineer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Robert Sour   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Mike Badalamenti   Engineer
Luke Melton   Cover Graphics
Michiko Ogawa   Arranger
Gunnar A. Jacobsen   Producer

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