"Ame no Drive" (Drive in the Rain) is a pleasant torch song written and composed by Mariya Takeuchi（竹内まりや） back in 1980 as one of the tracks from her 4th album, "Miss M" . Her earlier years often had the young singer-songwriter fishing into the Great American Songbook for inspiration such as 50s and 60s novelty pop, so why not jazz? She may not have frightened the spirits of Ella, Billie or Rosemary but I thought she handled herself well enough with that low silky voice of hers.
Although she's no longer all that prolific in her releases (her last original album was back in 2007 according to J-Wiki...however, she just released a new single a few days ago), Mariya still raises a fair bit of attention in the media whenver a new song of hers is on the cusp of coming out, and for me anyways, her earlier hits still manage to evoke a lot of nostalgic enjoyment of the 70s and 80s in that American style.
|Mariya Takeuchi -- Miss M|