Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hidehiko Matsumoto & His Quintet - This is Blues


Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Rhythms & Blues

Although the title suggests a blues album, it's likewise one of the classic from japanese Soul Jazz released and performed by the saxophonist Hidehiko 'Sleepy' Matsumoto, one of the most greatest jazzmen that Japan could rely. In 1963, he was the first japanese invited to Monterey Jazz Festival and the same year, he met John Coltrane in New York. He was also known as a member of the legendary japanese jazz quartet formed by George Kawaguchi : The Big Four. With George Kawaguchi, he recorded in particular, the 'Most Wanted' George And Sleepy (1969) and The Big 4 released in 1976. Later at the end of the seventies, he evolved in the Inner Galaxy Orchestra of the conductor, Bingo Miki. Titles include some jazz standards as the St. Louis Blues popularized by Louis Amstrong, the Dixieland style of Basin Street Blues, The Touch extract from the french movie Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954) and some originals composed by Matsumoto.

Hidehiko Matsumoto_tenor & baritone saxophone
Akio Mitsui_trumpet
Ushio Sakai_organ
Ikuo Shiosaki_guitar
Kimio Koizumi_bass
Masatsuka Nagashiba _drums

01. St. Louis Blues
02. Wakare No Blues
03. Saint-Tropez Blues
04. It's a Lonesome Old Town
05. Champs-Elysées
06. Stranger On The Shore
07. Blues de Memphis
08. Broken Promises
09. Wonderland by Night
10. Basin Street Blues
11. Night Fall
12. The Touch (Le Grisbi)
13. Mittemacht Blues
14. Ame No Blues
15. G.I. Blues

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