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Composer and vocalist Yuko Ito delivers an upbeat mix of pop and jazz on this Latin lover of a session. She leads an impressive team of Helio Alves/p, Edward Perez/b, Alexandre Kautz/dr, Romero Lubambo-Richard E Miller/g and a handful of guests through some clever adaptations of standards. Read more
Vocalist Yuko Ito seems to know a bit about life and hope. The native of Tokyo, Japan set off for New York City to pursue a career in jazz music. While there, Ito learned about Brazilian jazz traditions. Now with her third album "Esperança," she shares original and cover songs that bring ideas about love and hope to life. Read more
YUKO ITO/Esperanca: Backed by Helio Alves and his crew, Latin jazz comes to Japan by way of New York as this vocalist sets her sights on the southern sounds giving her treatment to solid stones in the Brazilian canon and more. A tasty, engaging jazz vocal date with a real focus on south of the Panama Canal, it's assuredly hot stuff throughout. Read more
Born in Tokyo, Japan, educated and received a B.F.A Degree from City College New York, performed with the Harlem Gospel Choir and the Blue Note, singer Yoko Ito has a diverse musical background. Her second release, O Cantador is a Brazilian Jazz themed work with a hint and flair of Japan. Read more
If you'd been asked to listen to this disc without knowledge of the singer's origins, you'd have sworn that her roots were in Latin America – that's a measure of how far she has absorbed the rich musical culture of Brazil. Read more
New York chanteuse (by way of Japan) has just released her latest Brazilian jazz album of Brazilian jazz, O Cantador. The language is Portuguese but the emotion is sung in the universal language of the heart. Read more
Yuko Ito is a patently Japanese name, but when she opens her mouth to sing in Portuguese, you could almost wager that she was not. Her pronunciation, while not quite spot on, is remarkably close to it. This seems to have no bearing on her musical deportment, however. Ms. Ito's phrasing is magnificent and so is her intonation. Read more
Yuko Ito is a lady with the sun in her voice, and this thoroughly enjoyable disc will please a wide range of fans, 'O Cantador' is not a revolutionary album, but the music business too often seems to be in a slightly desperate rush to promote the "latest thing", Read more
A native of Tokyo, Japan, singer-songwriter Yuko Ito delivers an ambient enriched bossa nova repertoire on her latest recording Mania de Voce from Funny Baby Face Records. Gifted with a voice that moves like sunlight piercing through rain clouds, Read more
O Cantador is Japanese vocalist Yuko Ito's second adventure into Brazilian music. Sung in Portuguese, Ito's command of the language leads audiences to believe she is native to the rumba-rich culture. Read more
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Yuko Ito has been performing publicly in a wide range of styles: pop, rock, R&B, jazz funk, gospel, free jazz and various forms of Brazilian music since high school. Her early musical career began when she founded the girl's rock band, Sissy Boy. Read more
The Japanese native living in New York brings a pomo sensibility to her love of Brazilian music as she opens the canon to all things Brazil here and covers it all with a nu kind of high octane energy but still keeps it all in the world jazz pocket. Read more
A native of Tokyo, Japan, singer-songwriter Yuko Ito delivers an ambient enriched bossa nova repertoire on her latest recording Mania de Voce from Funny Baby Face Records. Gifted with a voice that moves like sunlight piercing through rain clouds, Read more
New York, NY - Yuko Ito's Brazilian jazz debut CD, Mania De Voc, is a provocative, unwavering testament to love. With renditions of classical compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Luiz Gonzaga, Rita Lee, Carlinhos Brown and Baden Powell, the album exudes romance and communicates her attraction to and profound respect for Brazilian music. Read more
Yuko Ito's new CD Mania De Você represents her profound respect and love for Brazilian music with renditions of classic works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Luiz Gonzaga, Rita Lee, Carlinhos Brown and Baden Powell. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she has been performing publicly in wide range of styles: pop, rock, R&B, jazz funk, gospel, free jazz and various forms of Brazilian music since high school. Read more
A ten-pack of Brazilian standards – this one is a refreshing in that Yuko Ito’s style is quite different than the Astrud Gilberto sound that sometimes seems to permiate the genre. There’s nothing etherial about Ms. Ito’s sound – she takes command from the beginning, I had no doubt but that she owns this disc. Read more
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Yuko Ito started her early music career when she founded the female rock band "Sissy Boy" in Tokyo and produced two CDs - Marcy's Factory, and Kick Off Boys. In 1994, she relocated to the U.S. to continue her music education, earning a degree from the City College of New York in jazz vocal performance. Read more
Authentic soul can come from all corners of the globe. Regardless of the language spoken or instruments played, soul has survived the ages and is alive and well in the music world today. Yuko Ito is here to share her gifts with the world, and "Mania De Voce" is head and shoulders above the rest. Read more
YUKO ITO/Mania de Voce: Looks like more than the memo has gone out. There's something in the water. Two hot, young Asian chicks with a thing for Brazilian music on the same day? Read more
According to her website, Yuko Ito is a born-again Brazilian New Yorker. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Ito's first foray into the music world became realized when she started her own rock band, the Sissy Boys, which produced two records. With much success with her band, Ito decided she needed to broaden her musical horizons and moved to New York to piece together her aspirations. Read more
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