Keiko Higuchi – Vertical Language (Black Editions, LP/CD/digital)

To call Keiko Higuchi a jazz singer would be mere understatement. And yet she is just as little a pure avant-garde artist. »Vertical Language« is the latest proof among many that the Japanese artist is still at home in every musical idiom and can playfully oscillate between formal rigour and compositional anarchy. As haunting as her vocal performance can be at times, it is just as catchy at the next moment.