Norihiko Hibino / Gentle Love
|Composed by||Barry DeVorson & Perry Botkin Jr. / Bob Crewe / Don McLean / Hou De Jian / Jimmy Webb / Jose Mari Chan / Juan Carlos Calderon / Lee Ching Kwang / Синдзи Тамура / Wang Lee Hom / Zhou Lan Ping|
|Arranged by||Норихико Хибино|
|Published by||GEM Factory|
|Release type||Solo Work - Solo Album|
|Format||1 CD - 11 tracks|
|Release date||April 24, 2009|
|Genres||Jazz / Lounge|
Gentle Love is Norihiko Hibino's latest solo album. Released as part of his newly opened Hibino Sound Therapy Lab, it features simple jazz covers of famous Chinese, American, Latin American, and Japanese pop and love ballads performed by Norihiko Hibino, Yuichiro Onuki, and Syuji Narikawa. Does this album have a soothing sound and how do the arrangements sound?
I'm not familiar with too many of the originals on this soundtrack, but what is offered is very peaceful. Themes like "Subaru" and "Green Island Serenade" translate to beautiful smooth jazz, yet still retain that subtle Asian atmosphere. They are both very calming themes and are some of my favorites on the album as well. "Descendant of the Dragon" is also quite calming, but it also fits more along the lines of what I'd describe as having a "smoky" atmosphere. It'd be great in a detective movie, if you ask me!
Some of the themes I am familiar with are "Eres Tu," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Nadia's Theme - The Young and the Restless". The first theme is another great cover. While it doesn't try anything too ambitious, which I think is not the point of this album, it manages to strengthen the original through its use of piano and saxophone solo sections. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" is probably my favorite cover on the album. Hibino's saxophone playing on this one manages to convey the love heard in the original and the little additional flourishes he adds here and there to the melody really accentuate the original.
The most surprising theme on here is probably "Nadia's Theme" from the soap opera The Young and the Restless. It's a beautiful mixture of piano, acoustic guitar, and saxophone playing and it's probably the theme were Hibino really adds a lot of improvisations to the main melody. It's a stunning rendition of the original, and the subtle guitar notes really strike the heart, in a good way. It's such a relaxing theme and, if I were to pin the success of the album on this one piece, it'd be a winner.
In short, this is definitely an album worth picking up. The jazz arrangements aren't the fanciest, only featuring acoustic guitar, piano, and saxophone, but considering the fact this was released as part of Hibino's new Sound Therapy Lab, I think it really does the job. To be honest, the first time I listened to this, I was laying on my bed and it put me into such a relaxing state that I ended up falling asleep. It managed to take away all my thoughts and worries and put me in a calming mood. For those who are fans of the originals and Hibino's jazz, it's definitely a fantastic combination. I hope he does more albums like this!
Yuichiro Onuki (Piano)
Syuji Narikawa (Guitar)
1. Jose Mari Chan
2. Zhou Lan Ping
3. Hou De Jian
4. Don McLean
5. Barry DeVorson & Perry Botkin Jr.
6. Bob Crewe
7. Shinji Tanimura
8. Wang Lee Hom
9. Lee Ching Kwang
10. Juan Carlos Calderon
11. Jimmy Webb
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Нежная любовь от Хибино
Альбом состоит из 11 треков и выпускается в рамках проекта Hibino Sound Therapy Lab. Его основная идея: музыку не только приятно слушать, но она также оказывает практическое влияние на мозг – расслабление, здоровый сон и прочие дела. Это уже не первый проект Хибино по этой части. До этого было спец. приложение Prescription for Sleep для iPhone и iPod, где слушателя убаюкивала приятная музыка, а также различные визуальные образы.
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Green Island Serenade
Descendant Of The Dragon
And I Love You So
Nadia's Theme - The Young And The Restless
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Ye Lai Xiang
Do What You Gotta Do