There are many great singers around the world, but few who are truly exceptional. Takio Ito would be one of Japan's candidates to be counted among the world's elite. It's about 20 years since Takio Ito first made a splash as part of Japan's burgeoning world music scene with his powerful striking vocals set over a mix of minyo (local folk) with rock, jazz and other world elements. The 9 songs include traditional minyo from northern and central Japan, the Korean standard folk song, Arirang and an Ainu (native Japanese) traditional song. Up to his own brilliant standards.