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Digitally remastered edition of this 1978 soul/jazz tour de force album by Noriko Miyamoto. Produced by one of the legendary figures in Japanese Jazz, Isao Suzuki. The release of her incredible debut album, Push, coincided with a surge in popularity for local female jazz singers such Kimiko Kasai, Yasuko Agawa, etc. That crossed over into the pop market. It was originally released by the now-defunct label, Yupiteru Records in 1978. Since then, it has been reissued a few times in Japan but recently, along with a surge of worldwide interest in old Japanese music, Push has been gaining a cult status among foreign music heads, with the price for an original pressing skyrocketing in the second hand record market. This reissue of 'Push' will be the first time ever that this album will be officially released worldwide. For Push, Suzuki focused on Noriko's unique prowess of singing songs in English, somewhat a rarity in the Japanese music scene at the time. She sang two jazz standards, 'Everything I Have Is Yours' and 'Stella By Starlight' on the album. Noriko also wrote English lyrics for two original compositions of Suzuki's, an instrumental piece, 'Cadillac Woman', and 'My Life', a song that he composed for Kimiko Kasai, who'd originally sung it in Japanese on her 1977 album, 'Tokyo Special'. Noriko fulfilled her long-held dream of becoming a soul singer after she moved to the US in 1990 and subsequently joined a number of prestigious outfits, such as Eddie Murphy's band, Graham Central Station, the Brothers Johnson and Side Effect, but 'Push' is the album that paved the way for her career and hopefully, with this first time ever, worldwide reissue, it will attract more listeners. Sadly the producer of this album, Isao Suzuki sadly passed away recently at the age of 89. It is unfortunate that he was not able to see the reissue of this special album that he produced for Noriko Miyamoto.


Title: Push
Genre: Jazz
Artist(s): Noriko Miyamoto
Label: Barely Breaking Even
Release Date: 8/12/2022
Product Type: CD
UPC: 196626317520
Item #: 2503856X


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