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Keiko Higuchi / Shin-ichiro Kanda

Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left

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Limited edition of 500
Out on March 5, 2017
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)


  1. Passing [Keiko Higuchi / Shin-ichiro Kanda] (6:05)
  2. Sabia [Chico Buarque / Antonio Carlos Jobim] (3:45)
  3. D [improvisation] (1:26)
  4. Love Song [Bertolt Brecht / Kurt Julian Weill] (3:30)
  5. Sangatsu no Uta [Shuntaro Tanikawa / Toru Takemitsu] (5:17)
  6. Lover Man [Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, Jimmy Sherman) (4:54)
  7. A [improvisation] (0:27)
  8. Kurokami [anonymous / Ichijuro Koide] (5:35)
  9. Rock Me More and More [Colette Magny] (7:16)
  10. F [improvisation] (1:05)
  11. Estate [Bruno Brighetti / Bruno Martino] (7:03)
  12. Longing [Keiko Higuchi / Shin-ichiro Kanda] (4:42)
  13. H [improvisation] (1:44)

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Keiko Higuchi: vocals
Shin-ichiro Kanda: piano

Recorded by Shin-ichiro Kanda
Mixed and mastered by Takeshi Yoshida
Cover art by Keizo Miyanishi
Design by Yoko Mitsuji


Keiko Higuchi is a voice performer/vocalist working in genres ranging from improvisation to jazz. Pianist/composer Shin-ichiro Kanda is also active in diverse fields including jazz, pop and avant-garde. In 2010 they released the duo CD Shushi no Kakera (Bishop Records). Seven years later they've produced their second duo CD. The 13 tracks include "Sabia," by Chico Buarque and Antonio Carlos Jobim; "Love Song," by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill; Colette Magny's "Rock Me More and More"; "Estate," by Bruno Brighetti and Bruno Martino; "Sangatsu no Uta," by Shuntaro Tanikawa and Toru Takemitsu; the jazz standard "Lover Man"; the traditional Japanese song "Kurokami"; two songs co-written by Higuchi and Kanda; and 4 short improvisations. Even with such a wide array of selections, there's a surprising consistency in the musical sensibility enveloping all the performances. Higuchi's passionate, earnest vocalization and singing and its fusion with Kanda's sensitive, gently poignant piano make for a masterpiece.


Last updated: March 2, 2017

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