Kaori Nakajima: Vangy!! Flying Mind

Vangy!! (note the vibraphone mallets in the name), is a jazz quartet centered around the lovely ringing bell-tones of jazz vibraphone. After three years of playing together, the much asked-for debut album Flying Mind debuted in 2013, much to fans’ delight.

Mellow yet bright sounds of the vibraphone fill the tracks of this album, bouncing through songs swinging with positivity and charm, creating relaxing, feel-good music. The compositions include foot-tapping modern jazz tunes, two pretty ballads, a soulful groovy number, and a speedy rendition of “Grease Piece” by Horace Silver – a rewarding effort for all fans of jazz vibraphone.

Leader: Kaori Nakajima · 中島香里 · http://kaorin.jazzman.club/

Members:

  • Kaori Nakajima – vibraphone
  • Tamashi Goto – piano
  • Minoru Yoshiki – bass
  • Masanori Ando – drums

 

Released in 2013 on Urban Jazz 151A-0007.

The song “Perfume”, written by Kaori Nakajima and a highlight of the album, is performed here in a duo setting from 2015:

* Audio track at top of page is an excerpt from the opening track “Flying Mind”.