Thursday, April 23, 2009

Akira Ishikawa Count Buffalo Jazz And Rock Band - Bakishinba

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. Best known as the bandleader for the Japanese version of rock musical ‘Hair’ from Broadway, he was also an active member of various japanese Jazz formations as Ace 7 or the famous 'Freedom Unity' quintet featuring pianist Hiromasa Suzuki, saxophonist Takeru Muraoka, bassist Kunimitsu Inaba and trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki. Akira Ishikawa started in the mid-fifties  when he joined the Akira Miyazawa's Modern All Stars and later the New Herd conducted by saxophonist Toshiyuki Miyama. After after a trip in eastern Africa, Akira introduced several traditional Afro-percussions in his music, in order to create a clever fusion between Jazz, Rock & Soul, in which african sounds were added as evidenced Bakishinba - Memories Of Africa with the African Deer suite. This orientation which will reach its apogee with the cult album, 'Uganda', released in 1972, all in collaboration of Norio Maeda & Hiromasa Suzuki in charge of arrangements. Titles include Sandstorm & Sunrise composed by M. Yoshino, Flamingo & African Deer by Norio Maeda, Bakishinba, Mirage & Blue Soul by Hiromasa Suzuki. 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

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