Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Takeshi Inomata & His West Liners - Liner Note

Year : 1967
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Bossa Nova, Afro Cuban Jazz

Recorded in 1967 for the Nippon Columbia label and released under the Takt Jazz Series, here The West Liners, a top jazz combo lead by the japanese drummer Takeshi Inomata featuring Masaru Imada, Tetsuo Fushimi, Shigeo Suzuki and Sadanori Nakamure. The group was recruited by american jazz vocalist Helen Merrill for her In Tokyo & Sings Screen Favorites albums released in 1963 & 1966, and has proven all the extent of his talent. Liner Note is a blend of Jazz & Latin music including some great jazz covers, standards and classics from Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim or Mongo Santamaria. The side A contains jazz titles played in the Bossa Nova style (Old Devil Moon, Summertime) & covers (Meditation, Panteno), but also Samba (La Grita). The rest of the album contains titles from Afro Cuban Jazz (Afro-Blue) & Cool Jazz (Freddie Freeloader) to Hard Bop (Cantaloupe Island). All tracks arranged by Takeshi Inomata.

Takeshi Inomata_drums
Tatsuro Takimoto_bass
Masaru Imada_piano
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Shigeo Suzuki_alto saxophone
Ichiro Mimori_tenor saxophone
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet  

01. Old Devil Moon
02. Sometime Ago
03. Summertime
04. La Grita
05. Meditation
06. Panteno
07. Afro-Blue
08. Cantaloupe Island
09. Tiny's Blue
10. All Blues
11. Freddie Freeloader
12. Eighty-One

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