Sunday, October 16, 2011

Toshiyuki Honda - Burnin' Waves

Year : 1978
Label : King Records
Serie : Electric Bird
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Toshiyuki Honda is a jazz saxophonist, internationaly best known as composer & arranger of various japanese animated movies soundtracks such as "Metropolis" directed by Rin Taro in 2001 or "Nasu : Summer in Andalusia" in 2003. He started his professional career, as a leader, in the middle of the seventies, recording as "Toshiyuki Honda & The Burning Waves", a five albums serie under the Electric Bird Label with the same approach than the famous CTI label, the crossover jazz, whose "Burnin' Waves" was the first. The Burning Waves will form the core of the american fusion group, Seawind, featuring Pauline Wilson, Larry Williams, Jerry Hey & Bud Nuanez.  He was also sideman for bassist Isao Suzuki on "Mongolian Chant" (1980) and enrolled Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Roy Haynes for his "Dream" album in 1983. Titles include various styles from Jazz Funk (Burnin' Waves & Thunder Kiss) to Samba Funk (You Blow My Heart Away, São Paulo & 747 Wind Flight), passing by Afro Cuban Jazz (Havana Candy feat. Pauline Wilson). All tracks arranged & conducted by Chikara Ueda.

Toshiyuki Honda_alto & soprano saxophone, flute
Eiji Arai_trombone
Tadaomi 'Pepe' Anai_percussion
Bob Wilson_drums & percussion
Pauline Wilson_vocal on Havana Candy
Larry Williams_keyboards & percussion
Jerry Hey_trumpet, fluegelhorn, percussion
Gary Herbig_alto & tenor saxophone, alto flute
Ken Wild_bass
Bud Nuanez_guitar

01. Burnin' Waves
02. All-Night Rendez-Vous
03. Thunder Kiss
04. You Blow My Heart Away
05. Just A Dream Away
06. Havana Candy
07. São Paulo
08. 747 Wind Flight

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