This Mizuoka Nobuyuki Group May Day performance of “So What” still fascinates and entertains me some 14 years after the event took place. It obviously has much to do with the carefree synergy the players display. Equally important, though, is the fact that this recording represents a far superior arrangement to the famous original by the great Miles Davis!
“My Favorite Things” is one of the most famous and widely recognized songs from composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein’s Broadway musical and Hollywood film “The Sound of Music.” The often-heard standard, much beloved in Japan, long ago became a permanent fixture of the cultural scene.
Here is a breathtaking original Nobuyuki Mizuoka composition that is the seventh track on his 2009 album “Life.” Mizuoka-san has a bottomless creative capability that may very well catapult him to great heights as an international-caliber composer-arranger. And how wonderful it would be for that to happen in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!!