Saturday, January 8, 2011

Yoshiaki Masuo And His Group - Winds Of Barcelona

Year : 1969
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz
Website :

First solo album from famous the japanese 'boss' guitar featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Yoshio Suzuki, Kazuo Yashiro, Larry Sunaga & Fumio Watanabe from the Takehiro Honda Trio (brother of Sadao Watanabe). Influenced by Wes Montgomery and the Grant Green's works, Yoshiaki was discovered by saxophonist Sadao Watanabe which launched his professional career in joining up the Sadao formation in 1967. In 1968, he was recruited by Nobuo Hara in order to incorporate his Sharps & Flats Big Band for the Forest Flower album and played for Takehiro Honda's debut album (1970). In 1971, he moved to New York where he had opportunity to play for his fellow Teruo Nakamura, Lenny White, Michael Brecker, Chick Korea, Elvin Jones and later in 1973, for the Sonny Rollins group. Titles includes pop cover songs by Laura Nyro (Stoned Soul Picnic), Simon & Garfunkel (Scarborough Fair), Bacharach/Hal David duo (I Say A Little Prayer & What The World Needs Now is Love), his own tribute to his 'spiritual master' Wes Montgomery (One For Wes) and at last, the 'Bossa' Gary's Tune, an original composition of Sadao.

Yoshiaki Masuo & Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Hideo Miyata_flute
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Fumio Watanabe_drums
Larry Sunaga_percussions
Kazuo Yashiro_organ
Nobuhiro Suzuki_vibes & marimba

01. Winds Of Barcelona
02. Scarborough Fair
03. Stoned Soul Picnic
04. One For Wes
05. I Say A Little Prayer
06. Gary's Tune
07. What The World Needs Now Is Love
08. Winds Of Barcelona-Theme

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