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Norse morning, coffee, Bill Evans
2018.12.05

Just immersed in jazz tonight
File.4 Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby"
(Shinchon Koko / Jazz café Chigusa)

Chigusa's coffee shop starts from 12 o'clock in the day. We are ready to open the store in time to come in the afternoon, but in order to keep the store alone, sometimes I go early in the morning.
It has been getting cooler and colder so I smell of winter in the morning of the wild hairs. Downtown is quiet as cold as the fervor of last night is a lie, there are few passersby. Looking at the sky drink bottle waiting for collection in the street and the mountain of the wet toilet, "I went for a bad daylight yesterday evening," I pull a cup of coffee at the siphon. Coffee goes up to the glass funnel, so it is comfortable to make a sound with Copacopo, so we will not record it yet. When the siphon is settled and the smell of coffee spreads in the store, turn on the audio.
* Chikusa oversized speaker to sit in the shop

The first thing to call is that the piano is decided as the leading role record. Masami Yoshida "Oyaji" liked the piano. Particularly Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby.
Chigusa 's existence of oversized speaker is designed to hear the sound of the piano trio well. The tweeter is in a good mood if the tone of the emotional and delicate piano, especially the treble, echoes glossy. Believe that I am in good shape today as well, "I hear it sounds good!", I hopper a 50-year mono speaker. When I hear this song, I suddenly recall.

In the early 2000s when I was a student, the number of jazz tea ceremonies has already decreased, and there was no "momentum of the 1960s and 1970s" to ask people. Still stubbornIn the shop like a hole, the shop that lets you listen to jazz at a loud volume remained. I myself do not know the era of jazz tea ceremonial but I thought that the underground atmosphere ignoring commercial nature was "cool" and thought that it was cool, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Jimbocho etc. Jazz keeping on keeping its own style I went to a cafe. Initially I do not understand anything such as rules, there are no requests for songs …. It is amazing if I think from now that it is a door that opened well so much.

The first successful request was JAZZ @ GROOVE at Dogenzaka in Shibuya. It was an Altech speaker, it was a store that let me listen loudly. The record is Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby". It was recorded in 1961 when Bill Evans First Trio performed live at Village Vanguard in NY.
By the way Evans is participating in Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue' (released in 1959). It is the most sold album in the history of jazz, a legendary album that established a new style of playing called mode jazz. "Waltz for Debbie" is an album that was challenged for recording in the first trio two years later, as it is the masterpiece remaining in the history of jazz and has won first place in the swing journal's best 100.

Well, what kind of thing would you listen to such a masterpiece at a loud volume? Although I expected and requested, I was baptized with intense sounds in my body and I was a bit embarrassed to be honest. An album with a cold impression on the whole melody in a high-pitched region, a sound with a sense of tension at once, the air inside the storeI will make it stuffy. Let's learn around and pretend to be pretentious, only to listen with wrinkles between the eyebrows.
However, in the second song "Waltz for Debby" which became an album title, wrinkles between the brows a little were released. Celebrating my 3rd birthday this niece Debbie made this song enjoyable and beautiful with a fine-grain sound like water drops that can be played on the water surface. I imagined a lovely 3 year old girl dancing innocently with a waltz made by my uncle and made my heart a little light.
Three songs on one side only, about 20 minutes in time, but the first request and the tension by the cold melody of the loud sound piano, and a little relaxation … I felt it was long.

I did not go to jazz tea ceremony before, and JAZZ @ GROOVE also closed. I was chased by busy days, so I got accustomed to a cafe where delicious coffee comes out right away and I could not afford to enjoy the sound with jazz cafe. However, life is funny, it arrives at the fur so as to be flushed unnoticed, and works as a staff of Chisaka. No dream I thought that day would come when I enter the established jazz cafe.

* Evans autographed portrait

A morning a little earlier than usual, come to Chisaka and listen to "Waltz for Debbie". The songs that once felt cold sounds like warm feelings that will inspire Chikusa 's earrings' acoustic equipment. However, although it can not go as far as trauma, when I listen to the beginning, I am a little distracted. It is not as good as when I went straight to jazz cafe.

While recalling that, the wild morning slowly passes by. It is time to open, regular time is coming.

Jazz café Chigusa

Established in 1933 (Showa 8). One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. Mr. Yoshida, founder, continued "Building a shop for listening to sounds" since its foundation, not only as an owner of a jazz cafe, but also deeply involved in the music scene in Yokohama as a planning and guardian, its lifetime is the last I continued to be with jazz until. Currently it is managed as a general foundation foundation.

  • Shop / Place name
    Jazz café Chigusa
  • Address
    2-94 Noge-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa ken
  • TEL
    045-315-2006
  • Business Hour
    【Tuesday - Saturday】 12: 00 ~ 22: 00 【Day · Mond】 12: 00 ~ 18: 00
  • Service
    Nothing
  • Total number of seats
    20 seats

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