I went through a long period when I stopped playing music because I no longer knew what I wanted to express.


My friend Chiemi invited me to collaborate on a new music project, and offered me her instrumental composition, “Azul,” to write lyrics for. I asked her what her inspiration for this music was, and she replied, “Running like the wind, and taking off into the deep blue sky.”


As I listened again and again to this music, I felt myself begin to move, leaving the darkness I had been lost in, running, spreading my wings to catch the wind and soar into the deep, perfect blue sky.


I’m starting a new life now, and I’m so happy to be sharing this moment of PERFECT BLUE with you. 


- with my sincere gratitude, Mari

Produced by Mari Koga

Co -produce by Willie Ruiz

Recordeed & Mixed at Soundworks Recording studio

by Kamilo Kratc & Sandra Kratc


Also recorded at Grand Slam Production Studio by Willie Ruiz



Photo : Diamond shot studio by Marcin  Muchalski


Cover Design : Kazu Inoue


Make up & Hair : Masae Satouchi & Hitomi Kae


Nail : Naoko Saita

New album " PERFECT BLUE" contains the unique arrangements of jazz standards, Afro-Latin influenced original songs. Also a pair of Salsa and Flamenco jazz sung in Japanese.


1. Invitation -
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Music by B. Kaper, Words by P. F. Webster

Arranged by M. Koga

Mari Koga (vocal) /                          (tenor sax) /                      (piano)

                         (bass) /                     drums) / Sebastian Nickoll (congas)






Music by Chiemi Nakai, Words by Mari Koga

Mari Koga (vocal) /                     (keyboard) /                         (bass)
                   (drums) / Sebastian Nickoll (congas)









Music & Words by Mari Koga

Arranged by Chiemi Nakai & Willie Ruiz / Produced by Willie Ruiz

Mari Koga (vocal) /                    (piano) /                           (bass)
                             (trumpet) / Alex Zapata (trombone) /                  (bariton sax)
                    (clarinet) / Willie Ruiz (congas, bongos, bell, guiro and maracas)
                              (timbales) /                     (coro) / Willie Ruiz (coro) / 
Mari Koga (coro)









Music by Chiemi Nakai, Words by Mari Koga

Mari Koga (vocal) /                    (key boards) /                        (bass)

                    (drums) / Willie Ruiz (conga, guiro and maracas)









Music by G. DePaul, Words by D. Raye

Arranged by M. Koga

Mari Koga (vocal) /                        (tenor sax) /                   (piano)

                     (bass) /                     (drums)

2. Azul -
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3. Lluvia de Lagrimas -
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4. You & I -
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5. You Don't Know What Love Is -
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6. I Got Rhythm -
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Music by G. Gershwin, Words by I. Gershwin

Arranged by M. Koga, C. Nakai & W. Ruiz / Produced by W.Ruiz

Mari Koga (vocal) /                    (organ) /                          (bass)  /                      (drums)                                 (trumpet) / Alex Zapata (trombone) /                 (bariton sax)

Willie Ruiz (congas)

7. The Moon on the Water -
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Music by C. Nakai & Words by M. Koga

Mari Koga (vocal) /                        (trumpet) /                    (piano)
                     (bass) /                     (drums)









Music & Words by C. Nakai

Mari Koga (vocal) /                    (piano) /                       (bass)
                    (drums) /                             (percussions)


















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8. Volver -
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