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Noge Morning, Coffee, Bill Evans

Jazzz Café CHIGUSA 
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Soaking in jazz tonight
File.4 Bill Evans "Waltz for Debbie"
(Saiko Shinmura / Jazz Cafe Chigusa)

Chigusa's coffee shop is open from 12:00 noon. Although preparations for opening the store can be made even in the last minute of the afternoon, I sometimes go early in the morning because I want to monopolize the store.
It's getting cold and cold these days, so the morning in Noge smells like winter. In the downtown area, the heat of last night is cold and quiet like a lie, and there are few people passing by. Looking down at empty sake bottles and a pile of hand towels waiting to be collected on the street, "I think it was a thrill last night," he said while sipping coffee with a siphon. I haven't made a record yet, because it's nice to hear coffee popping into the glass funnel. When the siphon calms down and the scent of coffee spreads in the store, turn on the audio.
Noge Morning, Coffee, Bill Evans * Oversized speaker sitting inside the Chigusa store

The piano to play first is decided to be the leading record. Mamoru Yoshida "Oyaji" liked the piano. Especially Bill Evans' Waltz for Debbie.
The oversized speaker with Chigusa's presence is designed so that you can hear the sound of a piano trio well. The tweeter is in a good mood if the emotional and delicate piano timbre, especially the high notes, brilliantly sounds. Believing that it is in good shape today, "Yeah, it sounds good!" When I listen to this song, I sometimes remember it.

In the early 2000s when I was a student, the number of jazz cafes was already low, and there was no "60s or 70s momentum" to ask people. Still stubbornHowever, there was still a lot of shops in a hole-like shop where you could listen to jazz at a loud volume. I myself don't know the times when jazz cafes were at their peak, but I thought that the underground atmosphere that ignored commerciality was "cool!", and jazz that continued in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Jimbocho, etc. I went to a coffee shop. At first, I didn't really understand the rules, and there was no request for songs... It's frightening to think from now on 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 me listen to loud music with Altec speakers. The record is Bill Evans' Waltz for Debbie. 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's the best-selling album in jazz history, and it's a legendary album that established a new playing technique called mode jazz. Two years later, "Waltz for Debbie" was the first album to be recorded in a trio, and it won 1st place in the Swing Journal's Best 100 as a masterpiece in jazz history.
Noge Morning, Coffee, Bill Evans

Well, what does it look like when listening to such a masterpiece at a loud volume? Although I expected it, I was honestly a little confused because I was baptized with an intense sound throughout my body. The whole album has a melody in the high range and it gives a cold impression.I will make it tense. I have no choice but to pretend to be clever and pretend to have a wrinkle between my eyebrows.
However, the wrinkle between the eyebrows was slightly loosened in the second song, "Waltz for Debby," which also became the album title. This song was created to celebrate the birthday of her niece Debbie's 3rd birthday, and the mellow tone of water droplets on the surface of the water is fun and beautiful. I imagined an adorable 3-year-old girl innocently dancing in the waltz that my uncle made and lightened my mind a little.
It was about 3 songs on one side and about 20 minutes in time, but the first request, the tension due to 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 jazz cafe anymore and JAZZ@GROOVE closed. I was busy with the busy days and soon became accustomed to the cafe where delicious coffee came out, and I could not afford to enjoy the sound at the jazz cafe. However, life is an interesting thing, and I arrive at Noge just before I knew it, and I work as a staff of Chigusa. I never dreamed that the day when I would enter the counter of a long-established jazz cafe would come.
Noge Morning, Coffee, Bill Evans

* Portrait with autographed by Evans

A little earlier than usual, come to Chigusa and listen to "Waltz for Debbie". Music that used to feel cold seems to have a warm feeling that inspires the sound equipment of Chigusa's earning power. However, it is not traumatic, but I am a little worried when I hear the beginning. Not as much as when I stretched out and went to a jazz cafe.

Remembering all that, Noge's morning slowly passed by. It's about time the regulars open and regulars come.

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

Founded in 1933. One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. The founder, Mamoru Yoshida, has continued to "create a store for listening to sound" since the time of its founding, and he is deeply involved in the music scene in Yokohama not only as the owner of the jazz cafe but also as a planning and guardian for the music scene in Yokohama. Continued to be with jazz. 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