I Like It Here / Live In Tokyo
Review By Ray Chowkwanyun
need this album. The music is great and the recording is absolutely
phenomenal. How often do the planets align like that? The sound is hugely
atmospheric and breathy. You can hear the flutter of the brushes on the
cymbals. All the little details that lend that you
are there quality to a recording. The recording engineer is
Kiyoshi Tokiwa. Mastering by Ed Faris.
Diane Hubka's style is sophisticated
longing and she plays the
seven string guitar. My favorite track is the Jobim song Dindi.
So poignant, and so very bittersweet as all the best
songs are. Man, I just love the Internet! I do not have to bend my brain
trying to paint a word picture of this song. I can just point you to the
video at Hubka's website and you can not only listen but see the
performance. (Check out the other videos on
this website including Give me
the simple life which was omitted from the CD.)
The computer only hints at the sound
quality on the CD if you listen to the samples online, but it is useful to
give you an idea of the musical style. The album is available on the Hubka
website and Amazon. The band behind Hubka is phenomenal in its own right.
Kiyoshi Morita on piano, Masahiko Taniguchi on bass, and Nobuhiko
Yamashita on drums.The perfect accompanists.