Rie Taguchi: The Gift


Vocalist Rie Taguchi leads a swinging sextet on her first full-length album, The Gift.

Her sultry voice delivers popular standards such as “I Wish You Love” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, with a cheerful energy hearkening back to Las Vegas showroom jazz. Her charm conveys a sparkling smile, perhaps even a tipsy grin as she sways around the notes gracefully.

The album, featuring delightful arrangements by Seiji Endo along with Taguchi’s pop-oriented originals, starts at full swing but closes calmly with a warm “Close to You”, followed by Taguchi quietly singing and playing piano on her song “Voices”.

Leader: Rie Taguchi · 田口理恵 · https://ameblo.jp/rie-taguchi/

Members:

  • Rie Taguchi – vocals, piano
  • Seiji Endo – piano, arrangements
  • Seiji Tada – also sax, flute
  • Noriko Satomi – violin
  • Mitsukuni Tanabe – guitar
  • Yusuke Nakaishi – bass
  • Akira Yamada – drums

Released in 2016 on Rose Happy Music RHM002.

 

Here is a television broadcast of Rie Taguchi singing jazz standards at a jazz bar in Tokyo from 2015:

* Audio sample at top of page from the opening track on this album, a joyful “Lady is a Tramp”: