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Noge morning, coffee, Bill Evans

Jazzz Café CHIGUSA 
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Immerse yourself in jazz tonight
File.4 Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby"
(Mayuko Niimura / Chigusa Jazz Cafe)

Chigusa's coffee shop is open from 12:00 noon. Preparations for opening the store are in time even from the last minute of the afternoon, but I sometimes go early in the morning because I want to monopolize the store.
It's getting colder these days, so it smells like winter in the morning in Noge. In the downtown area, the heat of last night was lie-cool and quiet, and there was little traffic. Looking at the empty liquor bottles and the pile of hand towels waiting to be collected on the street, he said, "I was so crazy last night," he said, brewing coffee with a siphon. It's nice to have coffee in the glass funnel and make a popping noise, so I haven't played any records yet. Turn on the audio when the siphon calms down and the aroma of coffee spreads throughout the store.
Noge morning, coffee, Bill Evans * Oversized speaker sitting inside the Chigusa store

The first record to play is the piano. Mamoru Yoshida "Oyaji" liked the piano. Especially Bill Evans's "Waltz for Debby".
Chigusano's oversized speakers are designed so that you can hear the sound of the piano trio well. The tweeter is in a good mood if the emotional and delicate piano tone, especially the high notes, echoes brilliantly. Believing that he is in good shape today, he says, "Yeah, it sounds good!" When I listen to this song, I suddenly remember it.

In the early 2000s, when I was a student, the number of jazz cafes was already low, and there was no "momentum in the 1960s and 70s" that people would hear. Still stubbornIn addition, there were still many shops where you could listen to jazz at a loud volume in a shop like a hole. I don't know the era of jazz cafe heyday, but I thought that the underground atmosphere that ignored commerciality was "cool!", And jazz that was in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Jimbocho, etc. I went to a coffee shop. At first, I didn't really understand the rules, and there were no song requests ... I was surprised to think that the door was opened so often.
Noge morning, coffee, Bill Evans

The first successful request was JAZZ @ GROOVE in Dogenzaka, Shibuya. It was a store that let you listen at a loud volume with Altech speakers. The record is Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby". Recorded in 1961 when Bill Evans First Trio performed live at Village Vanguard in NY.
By the way, Evans participates in Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue" (released in 1959). It is the best-selling album in the history of jazz, and a legendary album that has established a new playing method called modal jazz. "Waltz for Debby" is an album that challenged to be recorded in the first trio two years later, and has won the first place in the Swing Journal's best 100 as a masterpiece in the history of jazz.
Noge morning, coffee, Bill Evans

Now, what would it be like to listen to such a masterpiece at a loud volume? I made a request in anticipation, but honestly, I was a little confused because I was baptized with a strong sound all over my body. An album with a high-pitched melody and a cold impression, and an already tense sound will make the air in the store.Make it tense. There is no choice but to learn from the surroundings, pretend to be clever, and wrinkle between the eyebrows.
However, the wrinkles between the eyebrows were a little loosened in the second song "Waltz for Debby" which became the album title. Created to celebrate the third birthday of her niece Debbie, this song has a fun and beautiful tone like water droplets popping on the surface of the water. I imagined a adorable 3-year-old girl dancing innocently with a waltz made by my uncle, which lightened my heart a little.
There were only 3 songs on one side, and it took about 20 minutes, but the first request, the tension caused by the cold melody of the loud piano, and a little relaxation ... I felt it for a long time.

Before I knew it, I didn't go to a jazz cafe anymore, and JAZZ @ GROOVE closed. Being chased by busy days, I got used to the cafe where delicious coffee was served immediately, and I could not afford to enjoy the sound at the jazz coffee shop. However, life is an interesting thing, and I arrived at Noge so that I could be swept away and worked as a staff member of Chigusa. I never dreamed that the day would come when I would enter the counter of a long-established jazz coffee shop.
Noge morning, coffee, Bill Evans

* Evans autographed portrait

A little earlier than usual, I come to Chigusu and listen to "Waltz for Debby". The songs that once felt cold now sound like a warm feeling that inspires the audio equipment of Chigusano's earning head. It's not traumatic, but when I hear the beginning, I get a little nervous. Not as much as when I was growing up and going to a jazz coffee shop.

Recalling this and that, Noge's morning slowly passes. It's about time for the regulars to open.

  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA
  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA
  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA
  • Jazzz Café CHIGUSA

Founded in 1933. One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. Mamoru Yoshida, the founder, has been "creating a store for listening to sounds" since the company was founded, and has been deeply involved in the music scene in Yokohama not only as an owner of a jazz cafe but also as a planner and guardian, and his life is the last. It continued to be with jazz. It is currently operated as a general incorporated foundation.

  • Address
    2-94 Noge-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
  • TEL
  • Business Hour
    [Tue-Sat] 12: 00-22: 00 [Sun / Mon] 12: 00-18: 00
  • Service
  • Total number of seats
    20 seats