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Rasmus Faber Platina Jazz Anime Standards Vol 13 20092012
Furthermore, Akiko Shikata has also been consistently strong with me. Hes showcased as a pianist in the ’60s on Platina Jazz Vol. 2, and he successfully brings that nostalgia to this album through an enviable touch of dissonant ostinato. Platina Jazz also boasts some excellent female vocals that its hard not to be floored by. “Undress Me with Haste” is probably my favorite, with Shikata’s lovely vibrato echoing Caro Emeralds empowering performance on the full-length tune “How I Became a Cat” from Platina Jazz Vol. 1. Like I said before, my preference for vocals usually come from the R&B or jazz worlds, but Shikata is definitely making me reconsider.
Where Platina Jazz excels is not just in terms of aesthetics, but in the diversity and maturity of its source material choices. Radio plays no small part in that. After all, who wouldnt be interested in a new radio album? But this one goes deeper than that, and while most listeners may not be familiar with all of the artists responsible for these selections, for someone who grew up with the likes of Mitsuko Culture or Astro Boy, these reinterpreted jingles are nostalgic treasures. Some episodes may not even contain music, but even then, Radio plays a significant part in the cultural history of Japan. Theres a lot of wonderful music hidden in Japanese radio history, and Faber has done an amazing job of digging it out.
Likewise, jingles have long been used for advert purposes as well. In America, this has been a mainstay for decades, but in Japan, its still relatively new. (There are STILL commercials with jingles!) While these jingles are used in contexts that may seem confusing or even confusing, theyre an excellent starting point for jazz. Folks often cite jazz as an anachronism in the mainstream world, but thats because theyve been listening to a different kind of music. Its hard to imagine an authentic jazz fan in the 1950s or earlier telling someone at a jazz or soul club that hes listening to George Duke. But thats what all of these music were to their respective radio listeners, before the commercial takeover of the Top 40 market. Jingles were an easy way for the ’50s and ’60s crowd to understand modern music, and in many cases, they provided a basis for their tastes when they went out to jazz clubs. And that music is no less prevalent in Platina Jazz.
Rasmus Faber is an upcoming guitarist and singer with a voice that is haunting and soulful. He is a very soulful singer, and this album is more of the same. My advice is to purchase this album (as you should also purchase Vol. 11 of the series), listen to it in its entirety, and then work your way back through Vol. 1.
I have mixed emotions about Rasmus Faber Platina Jazz Anime Standards Vol 13 20092012 is its present form. The next installment of the series will become the third, Rasmus Faber Platina Jazz Anime Standards Vol. 1 2011 and will be a collection of covers, none of which can be new to fans of this series. Though I’m sure that some fans will feel like they know the album, it will also seem completely strange, like seeing a sequel of a movie you knew the ending to, only to find out that the new movie features characters you never met. Perhaps its because I’ve listened to the album in its entirety twice before, but the feeling is not entirely unpleasant. Perhaps it will take a few listens to truly grasp its effect, but as it was originally intended, its sweet, haunting music easily captures the hearts of otaku of all eras.
Platina Jazz certainly deserves its success. It is compelling without patronizing, and the soulful voice of Rasmus Faber contributes to its success. Music from anime, and other pop genres that have been adapted into jazz, deserves a home on the jazz scene, and Platina Jazz is that home. It might be the perfect concept album to start your own jazz/j-pop collection. The first three volumes of the series sell for $25 USD, while their sister release, Platina Jazz Anime Standards Vol. 12 2010, is priced at $20. This small price difference is largely due to Platina Jazz cover artwork. I’ve always found it to be of high quality. Though its its smaller size, the last installment of the series, Platina Jazz Anime Standards Vol. 13 20092012, sells for the same price as the full LP. Online retailers such as Amazon are able to sell it cheaper than its full LP counterparts.