The Nippon Modern Times Series is a collaboration of four of the oldest record companies in Japan; Victor, Columbia, Teichiku and King. The series focuses on archive recordings of Japanese jazz and swing music made between 1928 and 1942, many of them released onto CD for the first time. It's commonly believed that jazz was introduced into Japan by Americans following World War II. There were however, already dance halls in Tokyo where jazz and tango had been played since the 1920s. Utako Matsushima was a female muse of King Records. On this album she sings 24 Japanese flavoured tango tunes, many never previously released on CD. Listen to samples of 11 tracks by clicking on the Listen button.
1. Marronnier no Kokage 2. Yuube Honoka ni 3. Namida no Haru 4. Shitawashi no Kimi 5. Ginza Tango 6. Kuroki Bara 7. Hanauri Musume no Uta 8. Marinera 9. Shiobhan 10. Yoru no Tango 11. Kane no Naru Asa 12. Kimi wa Madolos 13. Bara no Senorita 14. Hana no Tameiki 15. Sara no Hana 16. Suzu Kake no Tango 17. Tada Ichido Dake 18. Tsuioku 19. Ame no Waltz 20. Bonsoir Paris 21. Sayonara no Begin 22. Sasayaki no Tango 23. Yuuzuki no Oka 24. Makka na Tsuki