All That You See

2017.07.20 / Release

All That You See
目に映るものすべて

「どんな音楽が私たちの心に深く響くのだろう?本当に良い音色とは?」

サックス奏者を志した16 歳の時からいつも自分に問い続けてきました。本作品は20 年かけて導きだした1 つの答えであり、私がプロデューサーとして初めて制作した記念のアルバムです。全曲オリジナルで、私が大切にしているジャズの伝統スウィングとブルースを基に、時代や流行が変わろうとも何十年何百年とみなに愛され続ける作品すなわち「ジャズ・スタンダード」として生き残っていくよう願いをこめて作曲しました。また、カナダを代表する演奏家Paul Shrofel, Adrian Vedady, André Whiteとの共演は言葉や文化、国の違いを越えてお互いに特別な思いを共有できる本当に素晴らしい時間でした。そして、このアルバムをみなさまと分かち合えることは私にとってこの上ない喜びです。

碓井雅史


<このアルバムをお聴きくださるみなさまへ>

雅史と彼のバンドメンバーたちとの仕事は私にとってこの上ない喜びでした。誠実さ、細部へのこだわり、高度な演奏技術にプロフェッショナリズム、雅史はどれにおいても非常に優れていました。それらの言葉が持つあらゆる意味において彼は真の才能をもっています。

今回のこの素晴らしいプロジェクトの一員となれたことをとても誇りにそして光栄に思います。あなたの並外れた才能と卓越したバンドメンバーから祝福されます。BRAVO MASASHI!

Thank you so much,

George Doxas
Recording engineer

To Everyone Reading This—

What kind of music has the power to resonate deep in people’s souls? What kind of sound is a truly good sound?

I’ve pondered these questions ever since I first picked up the saxophone at sixteen, and now, after twenty years of pursuing them, I offer this CD—my first as producer—as one potential answer. Every composition is original, building on traditional jazz swing and blues sounds to create original works that I hope will stand the test of time and endure the vagaries of history and fashion the same way beloved jazz standards have for decades and even centuries. In addition, this CD is the result of a fantastically rewarding collaboration with renowned Canadian musicians Paul Shrofel, Adrian Vedady, and André White. Playing with them during the recording sessions was a special experience—I could feel how music and sound can transcend race, language, culture and nationality, like a prayer expressing a universal message of togetherness. I hope the music we offer you will uplift and transport you, and bring to you a similar joy.

Enjoy!

Masashi Usui

<A little note about Masashi's album>

Working with Masashi and his band mates was an absolute pleasure. The level of dedication, attention to detail, virtuosity, and the professionalism shown by Masashi was exceptional. He is a true talent in every sense of the word.

I am so proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful project. You are to be congratulated on your exceptional talent and your exceptional band and bandmates. BRAVO MASASHI!

Thank you so much,

George Doxas
Recording engineer

Chers tous,

Quel genre de musique a le pouvoir de résonner profondément dans nos âmes ? Quel genre de musique est véritablement un bon son ?

Je me suis posé constamment ces questions depuis mes 16 ans quand j’ai choisi/commencé le saxophone. Aujourd’hui, après 20 ans de questionnement, j’offre comme réponse potentielle ce CD ‘’All That You See‘’ – mon premier en tant que producteur. Chaque composition est nouvelle, basée sur le swing du jazz authentique et les sonorités du blues, pour créer des œuvres originales. J’espère qu’elles seront à l’épreuve du temps et traverseront les aléas de l’histoire. Comme ces inoubliables standards du jazz qui ont traversé les décennies et même les siècles. De plus, cet album est le résultat de la collaboration extrêmement fructueuse avec les musiciens canadiens Paul Shrofel, Adrian Vedady et André White. Jouer avec eux en session d’enregistrement fut une expérience spéciale. Je réalisais combien la musique et le son pouvaient aller au-delà de la race, de la langue, de la culture et de la nationalité – comme une prière exprimant un message universel d’unité. J’espère que la musique que nous vous offrons ici vous élèvera, vous transportera et vous apportera la même joie.

Profitez-en!

Masashi Usui

<Un petit mot sur l'album de Masashi>

Travailler avec Masashi Usui et les membres de son orchestre fut un plaisir absolu. Son niveau d’implication, son attention aux moindres détails, sa virtuosité et son professionnalisme sont exceptionnels. C’est un véritable talent, au sens fort du terme.

Je suis très fier et honoré d’avoir participé à ce magnifique projet. On ne peut que vous féliciter pour votre talent hors-pair ainsi que les musiciens exceptionnels de votre groupe. BRAVO Masashi !

Merci beaucoup,

Geoges Doxas
Ingénieur du son

CREDIT

1. Midnight in Montreal
2. Koijigahama
3. Triones
4. I’m with You
5. Toe-to-Toe
6. Argy-Bargy
7. Mondegreen
8. Which Side Are You On?
9. Airy-Fairy
10. All That You See

Total Running Time - 61:44
All the compositions are written and arranged by Masashi Usui

Masashi Usui Tenor saxophone
Paul Shrofel Piano
Adrian Vedady Acoustic bass
André White Drums

Produced by Masashi Usui
Recorded on April 25 & 26. 2017 at Doxas Music Studio, Montreal QC, CANADA
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by George Doxas
Photography by Randy Cole
Graphic Design & Layout by Ryo Takasugi

℗© 2017 Office THE SOUND OTS1701

*このCDの売り上げの一部はG+SPREAD社に送られ、特定非営利活動法人ワールド・ビジョン・ジャパンを通じてアジアまたはアフリカの子どものための学校建設資金として寄付されます。
http://www.g-spread.co.jp/

BUY

   

LISTENING

Midnight in Montreal

“Midnight in Montreal” features the contrabass and is a minor medium swing tune. This piece evokes the tranquil, mysterious atmosphere of midnight in Montreal via the sound of the contrabass. One night, on my way home from a jam session at around three in the morning, some nice swinging melodies suddenly came to me. There was no one in the streets at the time, and the quiet spring night spoke to me. Once home, I immediately started writing and ended up with this piece. I wish I could always write tunes this way, but unfortunately, things don’t always work out so perfectly…

Koijigahama

“Koijigahama” is a bossa nova piece named after one of the most beautiful beaches in Japan. Koiji means “romance” and hama means “beach.” According to local legend, a noble couple in the 1800s was banned from capital due to their forbidden love, and they ended up living in love and exile near that beach. One lovely spring day, some beautiful melodies and harmonies came to me as I was walking along the seaside. This piece evokes that gentle, peaceful shore.

Triones

“Triones,” also known as “The Big Dipper”, is a bebop blues song inspired by the music of Charlie Parker. As an originator of bebop, Parker innovated harmonic ideas such as passing chords, altered chords, and chord substitutions. Even though he accomplished these innovations over seventy years ago, his music still feels amazingly fresh. Blues is essential to jazz music, expressing sadness and lamentation. I mixed Parker’s ideas with the blues to compose “Triones”, and it has some complex chord changes and melodies. Despite the sorrow you might normally feel from the blues, this particular piece may also bring you happiness and joy. One might say that “Triones” is a happy blues.

I'm with You

“I’m with You” is a ballad I wrote to cheer myself up, along with my family. Living in Montreal has meant that I have lived far away from my family for three years. I have sometimes felt indescribable loneliness, and my family surely has as well. I always say, “I’m with you,” to encourage myself when I felt alone. And so, with this song, I wanted to say to my family that while life is not easy, I am okay, and wherever I happen to be, I am with them.