Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shungo Sawada And All Stars - Fool On The Hill

Year : 1969
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Soul Jazz

Shungo Sawada is the world's largest contributor to modern jazz guitar in Japan and also renowed in Bossa Nova. An album which reminds the Wes Montgomery style from the late sixties and released on Verve and A&M labels. He's accompanied by Big Band orchestra and some notorious players and two japanese Jazz Giants as Norio Maeda & Masahiko Sato on the same record ! Titles include Soul Jazz style (Chattanooga Choo Choo), a reprise from The Beatles cover Fool on the Hill, The Look Of Love and jazz standard' Satin Doll. All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda & Masahiko Sato.

Shungo Sawada_guitar
Norio Maeda_organ
Masahiko Sato_piano
Yasuo Arakawa_bass
Takeshi Inomata_drums

01. Up, Up and Away
02. Satin Doll
03. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
04. You and The Night and The Music
05. Israel
06. Fool on The Hill
07. Chattanooga Choo Choo
08. The Look of Love

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sadao Watanabe (Self-Titled)

Year : 1972
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, World, Traditionnal, Free Improvisations
Website :

After completing explore the entire Brazilian music in the sixties and to become the representative of the genus in Japan, Sadao has put aside Bossa Nova to enter in a new era with this iconic album which opens his African period. From return of East Africa when he visited Kenya, Sadao recruited new musicians featuring trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura and operates now the African musical culture mixing the rhythms to the free forms of experimental jazz. Each track can be seen as the theatrical representation of the African Culture. All tracks mixed by Kunihiko Sugano at Iino Hall.

Sadao Watanabe_alto saxophone, sopranino, flute & african percussions
Hiroshi Fukumura_trombone
Fumio Itabashi_keyboards
Masayuki Takayanagi_guitar
Mitsuaki Furuno_bass
Arihide Kurata_drums

01. Sasa
02. Mtoto
03. Mtelenko
04. Poromoko La Maji
05. Kijiji
06. Barabara
07. Mombasa
08. Upepo
09. Umeme

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Reuben Wilson - Blue Mode

Year : 1969
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Jazz organist Reuben Wilson's & the famous Hammond B-3 organ in probably his best album. Influenced by Richard 'Groove' Holmes and Jimmy Smith, Reuben worked with Grant Green, Sam Rivers or Roy Haynes formed his first group The Wildare Express in 1966 with Tommy Derrick who are also present on this record. The line-up consists of John Manning, Melvin Sparks and Tommy Derrick of course. Titles include huge groove Melvin' tune, Bamboo, Soul cover by Eddie Flyod (Knock On Wood). All tracks composed by Reuben Wilson except those mentionned. Produced by Francis Wolf and recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.
Reuben Wilson_organ
Melvin Sparks_guitar
Tommy Derrick_drums
John Manning_tenor saxophone

01. Bambu
02. Knock On Wood
03. Bus Ride
04. Orange Peel
05. Twenty-Five Miles
06. Blue Mode

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media - Head Rock

Year : 1970
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic

Ultimate & most wanted japanese rare groove recorded by the saxophonist Jiro Inagaki, one of the main actor of the Japanese Jazz Rock & Progressive scene. In 1963, Jiro Inagaki was recruited by Helen Merrill for her first album recorded in Japan, "In Tokyo" with the Takeshi Inomata's West Liners group, and later formed various jazz band as the All-Stars, The (Black) Rhythm Machine or, of course, The Soul Media. Recorded in 1969 and released under the famous Takt Jazz Series from Nippon Columbia, Head Rock includes psychedelic guitar effects, great drum breaks, acid & electronic organ sounds, performed by The Soul Media, featuring some future japanese jazz great names, such as Ryo Kawasaki (in his first professional appearance), Yasuo Arakawa, Masaru Imada or Tetsuo Fushimi. Titles includes cover & original songs from Hal Galper (The Vamp),  and Willie Dixon (an amazing version of Spoonful), five composed by Ryo Kawasaki (Twenty One), Masaru Imada (High Jack), Yasuo Arakawa (The Ground For Peace) and Jiro (Head Rock). All tracks arranged by Jiro Inagaki.

Jiro Inagaki_alto & tenor saxophone
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Masaru Imada_organ 
Yasuo Arakawa_bass
Ryo Kawasaki_guitar
Sadakazu Tabata_drums

01. The Vamp
02. Twenty One
03. Spoonful
04. Back To Rack
05. High Jack
06. The Ground For Peace
07. Head Rock


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Terumasa Hino Quartet - Alone, Alone And Alone

Year : 1970/1967
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Post Bop, Modal, Cool Jazz
Website : Terumasa

Terumasa Hino is probably the best and the most famous Japanese jazz trumpeter, one of Japan's finest jazz giant influenced by Miles Davis (his american counterpart) & the Fumio 'Satchmo' Nanri's legacy (trumpeter who played with Louis Amstrong). Hino had the opportunity to work with Sadao Watanabe and others Jazz masters such as Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Gil Evans or Jackie McLean. From 1967 to 1970, he played regularly with this formation based on Kunimitsu Inaba and his young brother Motohiko, whose Alone, Alone And Alone is their first recording and also the first jazz album released under his own name, recorded in 1967 but released in 1970. After a interlude with Masabumi Kikuchi (Hino=Kikuchi Quintet - 1968), the group takes its final form featuring saxophonist Takeru Muraoka and the new pianist Hiromasa Suzuki who replaced Yuji Ohno. Titles include Cool Jazz songs as the introducing & Downswing, other superb gems as the brilliant Soulful, demonstrating his great trumpet skill, a variation of George Gershwin' Summertime played in the modal style & B-Lunch. All tracks composed & arranged by Terumasa Hino.

Terumasa Hino_trumpet
Yuji Ohno_piano
Kunimitsu Inaba_bass
Motohiko Hino_drums

01. Alone, Alone And Alone
02. Soulful
03. Summertime
04. Downswing
05. B-Lunch 


Shin-Ski Of Martiangang - Re-Shinstruction

Year : 2008
Label : Soul Believer
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz

Re-Shinstruction is a remix compilation by Shin-Ski. Remix offers from CL Smooth, Funky DL, Insight, Time Machine or ShinSight Trio plus four original songs. All cuts & beats by himself, except track 2 cuts by Mista Donut. Recorded at Cosmic Notes Lab.

01. Shintro
02. CL Smooth / I Can’t Help It
03. Time Machine / The Wiggle
04. Soloplexus / Red Handed
05. Do It 4 The Children
06. Fine Artz / Ultrasonic
07. Shinsight Trio / Heart
08. Artoffical / Big City Bright Lights
09. Funky DL / Not The 1 4 Me
10. Trying
11. Insight / Bother Me
12. Soloplexus / When Things Go Right Something Goes Wrong
13. Zimbabwe Legit feat. Mike G (Jungle Brothers)
14. Verses / Ms. O’Ginny
15. Shinsight Trio / Heart
16. R U 4 Real??
17. Moon Baker / ABC Of Romance

Sonia Rosa - A Bossa Rosa de Sonia

Year : 1967
Label : Continental
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

Recorded when she was just eighteen years old with guitarist Chiquinho De Moraes, arranger for Brazilian singers Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa. Sonia sings and plays guitar featuring great orchestra with groovy horns & mellow strings conducted by Chiquinho De Moraes. Titles include six original songs written by Sonia, the Chico Buarque' Quem Te Viu, Quem Te Vé, the Bossa Nova standard Cheiro De Saudade by Djalma Ferreira. Produced by Alfredo Borba, all tracks arranged & by Chiquinho De Moraes.

01. Olhe Meu Bem
02. Marambaia
03. Voltar para Ficar
04. Quem te Viu, Quem te Ve
05. Parquinho do Meu Bairro
06. Lata D'Agua
07. Adeus Guacyra
08. Mas nao Da
09. Cheiro de Saudade
10. ...E Fim
11. Caminhemos
12. Ressalva


Eric Burdon And War - The Black-Man's Burdon

Year : 1970
Label : MGM
Genre : Jazz, Rock, Soul
Style : Blues Rock, Jazz Rock

The Black-Man's Burdon is a double LP with a great longtime reprise of famous Rolling Stone's song Paint it Black. Eric Burdon and War were reunited to perform a concert at the Royal Albert Hall London on 21 April 2008.

Eric Burdon & War :

Lee Oskar on harmonica,
Lonnie Jordan on organ & piano,
Papa Dee Allen on percussion & conga,
Harold Brown on drums,
B.B. Dickerson on bass & chorus,
rd E. Scott on guitar & chorus,
Charles Miller on flute & tenor saxophone.

01. Paint It Black Medley
a) Black On Black In Black
b) Paint It Black
c) Laurel & Hardy

d) Pintelo Negro
e) P.C. 3
f) Blackbird

02. Spirit
03. Beautiful New Born Child
04. Nights In White Satin I
05. The Bird & The Squirrel
06. Nuts, Seeds & Life
07. Out Of Nowhere
08. Nights In White Satin II
09. Sun / Moon
10. Pretty Colors
11. Gun
12. Jimbo
13. Bare Back Ride
14. Home Cookin’
15. They Can’t Take Away Our Music

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Akira Ishikawa And His Group - Drum Screen Drum

Year : 1971
Label : Crown
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Rock, Pop

Akira Ishikawa has recorded five albums between november 1970 & august 1971 for the DRUM DRUM DRUM series from the CROWN label (not to be confused with the same serie produced by Toshiba) : "Christmas", "Classic", "Presley" & "Yagi Bushi". This volume is devoted to international movie themes including Easy Rider, The Graduate, french New Wave films as Mélodie En Sous-Sol, Plein Soleil and 15 Jours en France which were all broadcasted on japanese screens.

01. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Burt Bacharach)
02. Melodie En Sous-Sol (Michel Magne)
03. Un Homme Et Une Femme (Francis Lai)
04. Le Voyou (Francis Lai)
05. The Circle Game (J. Mitchell)
06. Stand by Your Man (B.Sherrill-T.Wynette)
07. Theme From Love Story (Francis Lai)
08. (Crewe-Johnson-Penniman)
09. Theme De La Leçon Particulière (Francis Lai)
10. Che Vuole Questa Musica Stasera (R.Murolo)
11. Melody Fair (Barry, Robin & Gibb)
12. Sounds of Silence (Paul Simon)
13. 15 Jours En France (Francis Lai)
14. Plein Soleil (N.Rota)

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