Female singer Ikue Asazaki from Amami island in Japan's deep south, has one of those voices that immediately grabs the attention. Slightly deep, a bit hoarse, obviously that of an old lady (she was born in 1935) that conveys a wealth of emotion. On this mini album she has teamed up with Chinese piano player and arranger Wong Wing Tsan. It verges towards New Age, but Asazaki's voice is an engaging as ever. Six tracks.