Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yuji Ohno Trio - Mr. Happy-Gon

Year : 1971
Label : RCA
Serie : Modern Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Cool Jazz

Amazing recording of the Japanese Jazz Giant, Yuji Ohno, best known in charge of various compositions to original soundtrack for broadcast advertisement, films, TV Show & especially for his contribution to the Lupin The 3rd animated serie (1977-1980). Mainly influenced by Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin or Henri Mancini, he started to play professional at Keio University in the Jazz Club "Light Music Society" where he met pianists Masahiko Satoh & Hiromasa Suzuki. In 1966, the drummer Hideo Shiraki enrolled him in his quintet alonside Terumasa Hino & Kunimistu Inaba for the Hideo Shiraki Meets Yuzo Kayama recording. In 1967, he was incorporated into the Terumasa Hino Quartet and the Masahiko Togashi Quintet (with Hiroshi Suzuki) and evolved in the Ryo Kawasaki Orchestra in 1970. During the seventies his trio consists of Yoshio Ikeda (sideman for Terumasa Hino & Kiyoshi Sugimoto) and Kazuyoshi Okayama, with whom, he recorded several albums including As Well Be Spring. Titles include jazz standards as the wonderful Alone Together and two original compositions by Yuji Ohno (Mr Happy-Gon & My Little Angel).

Yuji Ohno_piano
Yoshio Ikeda_bass
Kazuyoshi Okayama_drums

01. Mr Happy-Gon
02. My Foolish Heart
03. Alone Together
04. A Boy On A Dolphin
05. My Little Angel
06. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
07. On Green Dolphin Street
08. My One & Only Love

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