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!
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!!
This melody “Yumezakura” was written and performed by Pianist-Composer Nobuyuki Mizuoka and released on his 2009 album “旅人星 (Tabibitoboshi ー Wanderer’s Star).” To illustrate the live performance in parts of this video, I used a number of my photographs of scenes taken during the height of the cherryblossom season in Hibiya Park, Tokyo.🌸