Keep updated on the selected gems from Japan!

by Miki Purnell

Miki Purnell's Debut Album (a Japanese physician/musician living in the San Diego area)

Sample music video available - Please click on the second thumbnail on the right of the image above.

Born in Japan, Ms. Purnell has lived in the United States since 1998. She has a beautiful voice, a wide range, and a real feeling for jazz. On this spirited album, the singer is joined by flutist Lori Bell, pianist Tamir Hendelman (Dave MacKay plays piano on “A Night In Tunisia” and his two compositions), guitarist Joey Carano, bassist Bob Magnusson, drummer Kevin Koch, and percussionist Tomy Aros.

The set begins with a slightly funky and modernized version of “On Green Dolphin Street” which has some fine work on guitar by Joey Carano, casting new light on a familiar standard. Miki gives Toots Thielemans’ “Bluesette” a great deal of joy. After singing the melody, her improv evolves logically into some happy scatting. A tradeoff by Bell and Hendelman, a bit of percussion, and a closing vocal that is climaxed by Miki’s interplay with the flutist over a closing vamp help make this a memorable version. 

Miki’s singing is warm and expressive on “Estate” which features one of Tamir Hendelman’s most creative piano solos of the album. Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia” has been recorded many times, but I cannot think of another version that uses a koto. It was Miki’s idea for her koto teacher Reiko Obata to play on that piece. Miki’s inventive scatting and her high notes (as she sings “Lift me higher”) are quite colorful. 

Dave MacKay’s “Like Me,” which featured the late Vicki Hamilton’s singing in the 1960s, is a wistful medium-tempo ballad that focuses on Miki’s appealing voice and her interpretation of the lyrics. “Swinging On A Star” was a hit for Bing Crosby in the 1940s movie Going My Way. While this rendition is modernized a bit, it retains the optimistic philosophy of the original version and swings throughout. “Sexy Sexy,” one of two Miki Purnell originals on the set, has her and Lori Bell perfectly complementing each other. 

Very few vocalists have recorded Alec Wilder’s “Moon & Sand” but Miki puts plenty of feeling into the words and sounds quite at home during the atmospheric medium-tempo ballad. Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” has strong contributions by Bell and Hendelman. Hoagy Carmichael’s “The Nearness Of You” is taken as a brief but effective duet by the singer with Hendelman.

Dave MacKay’s “Free,” a pretty jazz waltz that has excellent piano by the composer and a haunting and inventive version of “The Island” (which has some very nice flute playing) precede the closer, Miki Purnell’s other original, “Sunny San Diego Sunday.” The latter song is about the joy of taking a little time off and getting away from the day-to-day pressures of life. 

All in all, this is a very impressive debut from Miki Purnell, a jazz singer who deserves to be widely heard.

Scott Yanow, author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Swing, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

Product Details

Selling Agency Japan

Track list

1. On Green Dolphin Street
2. Bluesette
3. Estate
4. A Night in Tunisia
5. Like Me
6. Swingin' On a Star
7. Sexy, Sexy
8. Moon and Sand
9. Maiden Voyage
10. The Nearness of You
11. Free
12. The Island
13. Sunny San Diego Sunday

All the products handling in ALEXCIOUS are the genuine products from the original makers.

[CD] Swingin’ to the Sea

SKU: M009-955-01


¥ 2,740
Approx. USD 25.90

Shipping Fee

¥ 2,000
(Approx. USD 18.90)
Gift wrapping available
  • M009-955-01

    ¥ 2,740
    Domestic: Delivery in 1-2 business days.
    Overseas: It takes a few more days.

Contact us

  • +81-3-5781-8975(Weekday, 10:00 - 18:00)
  • Inquiry Form(We'll reply within 24 hours)

Guide for Ordering Procedures

Order Procedures

  1. 1
    Placing an Order

    Orders can be made anytime.

  2. 2
    Confirmation Mail

    An automated mail will be delivered from ALEXCIOUS after an order has been placed.

  3. 3
    Approximate Shipping Date Mail

    For products that may take up to more than the period of notation to dispatch, another mail will be sent to notify the approximate shipping date in 1-3 business days

  4. 4
    Shipment Confirmation Mail

    A confirmation mail will be sent with the voucher number that indicates that the product has been shipped.

  5. 5
    Arrival of the Product

    After the order has been delivered, we request that you kindly rate our product on the review page.

Delivery and Wrapping

Shipping Method Delivery within Japan: Sagawa Express, Delivery Overseas: Express Mail Service (EMS) via the Japan Post Service
Shipping Fee
¥ 1,620
Estimated Delivery Date
Domestic delivery usually takes 1-3 days after the order is shipped.
For international delivery, delivery time can be estimated based on that of EMS (International Express Mail Service) once the order is shipped.Check the delivery time here.
Ship from Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Sagawa Express Tracking Info Site
EMS Tracking Info Site
Insurance Included
Wrapping Message card (+ 108JPY / texts can be personalized) and gift wrapping (+ 540JPY) options are available. (Gift wrapping materials may be different from the image due to the size or shape of the product.)

Payment Method

Customers inside Japan
Square (no handling fees)
  • VISA
  • Master Card
  • American Express
PayPal (no handling fees)
  • VISA
  • Master Card
  • JCB
  • American Express
ATM (no handling fees)
Convenience stores (no handling fees)
  • FamilyMart
  • Circle K Sunkus
  • Sunkus
  • Daily Yamazaki
Online banking (no handling fees)
Cash-on-delivery (COD)

(For domestic shipping and wristwatch purchases only)
For those who would like to pay via cash-on-delivery (COD), please select the ATM option. Then, please specify the COD option and the desired date of delivery (excluding weekends, the date can be no sooner than 4 days after the order) on the information form below. Cash-on-delivery Option/ Service Fees

Less than JPY 10,000
JPY 300
JPY 10,000 or above ~ less than JPY 30,000
JPY 400
JPY 30,000 or above ~ less than JPY 100,000
JPY 600
JPY 100,000 or above ~ less than JPY 300,000
JPY 1000
Customers outside Japan
Square (no handling fees)
  • VISA
  • Master Card
  • American Express
PayPal (no handling fees)
  • VISA
  • Master Card
  • JCB
  • American Express
Kindly notes If you view our site in Japanese, you may choose any one of the payment methods above. If you view our site in other languages including English, you may only make your payment with Square or PayPal.