Eiji Nakayama- Aya's Samba (Johnny's Disk Record)
This album is the reason why It's Fluffy exists. To resurface gems from the past and music brilliance from the present that's hidden in the vast ocean of releases. It's like when you were young and discovered whales were mammals! And this Japanese double bass player's opus has exactly the same feeling. This is an album for the ages and the aged.
Listen to the amazing sax solo that comes in on the 1.36 second of the titular track. If this doesn't making your hair stand, then nothing will. Fast forward to the last song of the album, Far Away Road, where the double bass leads, the mellotron builds and the melodies encircle your inner ear. Amazing and truly must-have. Meow.
Best tracks: All of them!