The fantastic minyo singer Takio Ito releases a new album in 2012. As leftfield as ever, essentially this is an album of duets, featuring Ito's voice with a selection of instruments played by some top musicians. These include sax and clarinet player Akira Sakata, taiko player Eitetsu Hayashi, drummer, Shuichi 'Ponta' Murakami, Sojiro on ocarina, pianist Masahiro Sayama, and guitarist Kazuki Tomokawa. Comes with English track notes. Listen to samples of all tracks.
1. Hiroshima Kiyari (Hiroshima) 2. Aiya (Aomori) 3. Shin Midare Donpan Bushi (Akita) 4. Dote no Moguramocha (Tokyo) 5. Sado (Niigata) 6. Yagibushi (Gunma) 7. Otouwa Touwa (Ainu) 8. Funakogi (Hokkaido) 9. Ototo (original) 10. Tokyo Ondo 11. Nagamochi (Miyagi) 12. Okiage (Hokkaido)