Thursday, April 23, 2009

Akira Ishikawa - Bakishinba : Memories Of Africa

Year : 1970
Label : Polydor
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Jazz Rock

The legendary drummer Akira Ishikawa & his Count Buffalos were prolific on the japanese Jazz Rock scene from the late sixties to the early seventies. Akira Ishikawa started in the mid-fifties when he joined the Akira Miyazawa's Modern All Stars and later the famous New Herd big band conducted by saxophonist Toshiyuki Miyama. Akira Ishikawa gains notoriety as bandleader for the Japanese version of rock musical ‘Hair’ from Broadway, thereafter, becoming an active member of various japanese Jazz formations such as Ace 7, played for japanese jazz/pop songstress Mieko Hirota, formed the supergroup "Freedom Unity"quintet featuring pianist Hiromasa Suzuki, saxophonist Takeru Muraoka, bassist Kunimitsu Inaba and trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki. After a trip in eastern Africa, Akira uses several traditional Afro-percussions (as Bakishinba) brought back of his wanderings, in order to create a clever fusion between African Music, Jazz, Rock & Soul, which will reach its apogee with the iconic album, "Uganda", released in 1972. Titles include soul jazz tracks "Sandstorm", "Flamingo" & "Blue Soul" (composed by Hiromasa Suzuki), the psychedelic suite with free forms "African Deer" (composed by Norio Maeda). All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda & Hiromasa Suzuki.

Akira Ishikawa_drums & african percussion
Kiyoshi Sugimoto_electric guitar
Isao Eto_electric bass
Hirosama Suzuki_keyboards
Norio Maeda_organ
Takeru Muraoka_tenor sax
Masami Kawahara_latin percussion

01. Sandstorm
02. Sunrise
03. Flamingo
04. African Deer
05. Bakishinba
06. Mirage
07. Blue Soul

1 comment:

remarcables d said...

groovy nihon-jin

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