Impex Records / Three Blind Mice

Three Blind Mice - Yamamoto Tsuyoshi Trio – Midnight Sugar | 45rpm 2LP [Impex reissue]


Impex Records / Three Blind Mice

Three Blind Mice - Yamamoto Tsuyoshi Trio – Midnight Sugar | 45rpm 2LP [Impex reissue]


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The middle member of the Three Blind Mice "Great Three" is the debut headline performance by legendary Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Midnight Sugar. This sweet and low session, recorded mere five months before his masterpiece Misty, creates a bewitching mood of late night rambling and soulful yearning. No one in Tee Fujii's circle of fine players better exemplifed the style and substance of the Three Blind Mice sound and it is evident here in Yamamoto's first try. Stunning dynamics, wide soundstaging, and idiosyncratic interpretations make Midnight Sugar an enjoyable introduction into the deep world of Japanese jazz.

Yamamoto and drummer Tetsujiro Obara and bassist Isoo Fukui make musical poetry of three classic standards ("I'm a Fool to Want You", "The Nearness of You", and "It Could Happen to You"), while introducing Yamamoto's own compositional genius with "Sweet Georgia Blues" and the title track, all captured with the kind of supreme fidelity Three Blind Mice would later be heralded for. – Impex

“Few, if any, international audiophile jazz recordings have maintained the kind of deep and profound influence over techniques and even entire label repertoire as Three Blind Mice’s. The of-the-moment realism of Yoshihiko Kannari’s recordings and production aesthetic of producer and label head Takeshi “Tee” Fujii have been the benchmark to match. It is to their immense credit that Blow Up, Midnight Sugar and Misty have yet to be matched, even 40 years later. …

The Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio's Midnight Sugar was recorded on March 1, 1974 at Aoi Studio, Tokyo. On Midnight Sugar the Trio plays two of Tsuyoshi’s own blues improvisations followed by jazz ballads that became standards for the group. It earned the 'Best Engineering Award' and 'Jazz Disc Award' from Swing Journal in 1974. It is Yamamoto’s unmistakable skill and his jazz feeling which adds that certain touch of liveliness and spontaneity and makes Midnight Sugar a unique experience of the highest order.” – MusicDirect


  • Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, piano
  • Isoo Fukui, bass
  • Tetsujiro Obara, drums



Midnight Sugar



I'm A Fool To Want You



The Nearness Of You



It Could Happen To You



Sweet Georgia Blues




About the Three Blind Mice label:

“Three Blind Mice is a Japanese jazz record label founded in June 1970 as a showcase for Japan's emerging jazz performers. It has produced more than 130 albums have been released since. So far they have won the Jazz Disc Award five times in Japan. Produced by Takeshi Fujii and often recorded by the Yoshihiko Kannari, TBM created jazz records by Japanese players since the 1970s and became known for its audiophile sound quality. TBM's records captured a very important, vibrant era in the development of Japanese jazz. Stars like Isao Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, George Kawaguchi, Te-rumasa Hino and Mari Nakamoto recorded their very first albums with the label. Artists also include Shuko Mizuno's "Jazz Orchestra '73", Toshiyuko Miyama and Masaru Imada.” – Wiki

About Impex Records:

“Impex Records is the exciting audiophile label from the team that brought you Cisco Music. With more than 20 years experience and 150 titles released, Cisco Music developed many of the techniques used by other labels to make higher quality 180-gram LPs, SACDs and Gold and aluminum CDs. We brought definitive editions Jennifer Warnes' The Well, The Hunter and Famous Blue Raincoat in mul-tiple formats, including a 45 rpm box set that Absolute Sound magazine declared "defines the state-of-the--art in vinyl playback." Other classic reissues we nurtured to fantastic rebirths include the jazz-rock perfection of Steely Dan's Aja, Joan Baez' Farewell Angelina, NathanMilstein's poetic interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto and four exquisite 45-rpm Three Blind Mice LPs. Even in our humbler ori-gins we were trusted with the distribution and production of The Super Analogue Disc, the original audiophile 180-gram LPs. King Records recognized, from the very beginning, that Cisco Music brought unflinching passion to the music and unflailing dedication to the process of bringing that mu-sic to the most discerning listeners in the world.” – Impex Records

Item description:


Yamamoto Tsuyoshi Trio


Midnight Sugar


Impex Records / Three Blind Mice


2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, 180g



Release Date:

This reissue: 2004 | Original - 1974




Soul-Jazz, Free Jazz

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