Monday, October 31, 2011

Kimiko Kasai - Tokyo Special


Year : 1977
Label : CBS/Sony
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Kimiko Kasai sings here in japanese, surrounded by The Tadaaki Ono Group (string orchestra) and The Colgen Band formed by Hiromasa SuzukiTsunehide MatsukiAkira OkazawaYasushi IchiharaMasafumi Yamaguchi, and Tadaomi 'PepeAnai. The line-up include also additional musicians as Takeru Muraoka from You & The Explosion Band and special guest soloists, Terumasa Hino who brings his talent on Very Special Moment & Tokyo Special (Manhattan Special), Isao Suzuki who contributes on cello to Sorezore No Jinsei. Jazz Funk & Soul Grooves tracks all arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki.

The Cogen Band :

Hiromasa Suzuki_keyboards
Akira Okazawa_bass
Tsunehide Matsuki_guitar
Yasushi Ichihara_drums
Masafumi Yamaguchi_saxophone
Pepe Anai_percussion

Additional Musicians & Special Guest :

Takeru Muraoka_tenor & soprano sax
Shin Kazuhara_trumpet
Koji Hatori_trumpet & flugel horn
Eiji Arai_trombone
Keiko Fukui_harp
Michiko Ogata & Kayoko Wada_backing vocal

01. Vibration (Love Celebration)
02. Yarikake No Jinsei
03. Natsu No Wakare No Image
04. Very Special Moment
05. Hito Ha Sorezore (Just Another Love Song)
06. Tokyo Special (Manhattan Special)
07. Komorebi (Sequoia Forest)
08. Take Me
09. Mattete (Laid Back Mad Or Mellow)

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hiromasa Suzuki - Rock Joint Cither


Year : 1973
Label : RCA
Serie : DYNAGROOVE
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, World, Psychedelic Moods, Free Improvisations

Rock Joint Cither is an oriental Jazz Rock play, the first part of a trilogy, the Rock Joint project including traditional eastern instruments, by the Hiromasa Suzuki Trio formed with Kunimitsu Inaba & Hideo Sekine plus some additionals musicians featuring saxophonist Takeru Muraoka. Hiromasa 'Colgen' Suzuki was a one the most great japanese jazz pianist, composer & arranger, member of several jazz band, among others the Terumasa Hino Quintet, The Count Buffalos of drummer Akira Ishikawa, The Freedom Unity or also the Electro Keyboard Orchestra featuring Masahiko Satoh and Yuji Ohno. He also work and played for various artists Jiro Inagaki, Kiyoshi Sugimoto or Hiroshi Suzuki around of a trio formed by Hiromasa Suzuki. Titles include all compositions of Suzuki and arranged by him. 

Hiromasa Suzuki_piano & electric piano
Kunimitsu Inaba_bass
Hideo Sekine_drums
Yoko Uehara_sitar
Takeru Muraoka_tenor & soprano saxophone
Takehisa Suzuki_bugle
Tadataka Nakazawa_trombone
Yukio Eto_flute
Hiroshi Yoshinaga
_oboe
Katsuyoshi Kurusawa_horn

01. Silk Road
02. 3000 B.C.
03. Karei Naru Bamyan
04. Eurasia No Yoake
05. O No Michi
06. Kamigami No Sakebi
07. Gandhara
08. Merv No Tsurugi

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Yuji Ohno - Lupin The 3rd Chronicle : 1977 Music File


Year : 2003
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco, Free Improvisations

First volume of four discs compilation series, dedicated to the original soundscape recorded for animated serie Shin Lupin III starting in october 1977 on japanese TV. This compilation includes several unreleased tracks such opening theme & TV size and first versions of the classics Lost In The DesertWaving FlameWalking In A PrimChasing The HustlerNight Flight!!Take A Chance!!, The Game Of Chase, Dangerous Temptation. Performed by Yuji Ohno & You & The Explosion Band featuring Tsunehide Matsuki, Michio Nagaoka, & Yasushi Ichihara.

Yuji Ohno_keyboards
Tsunehide Matsuki_guitar
Michio Nagaoka_bass 
Susumu Kazuhara_trumpet 
Yuichi Tokashiki & Yasushi Ichihara_drums

01. Prologue                                                  
02. Day By Day                                            
03. Lupin The Suspense                              
04. Lupin The 3rd Theme 1                      
05. Active Guys                                           
06. Lupin The 3rd Theme 2                      
07. Comical                                                  
08. Chasers                                                   
09. Mellow Time                                           
10. Zenigata & Lupin                                    
11. Lupin The 3rd Theme 3                         
12. Midnight Chasers
13. Sweet Lady
14. Trap In The Dark
15. Magical Trick
16. Ballads
17. Lupin The 3rd Theme 4
18. Love Theme Variation
19. Lupin The Western
20. Exotic Highway
21. That's Climax
22. Bitter Sunset
23. Lupin The 3rd Theme 5

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Toshiyuki Honda - Burnin' Waves


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

Toshiyuki Honda is a jazz saxophonist, best known as composer & arranger of several japanese animated movies soundtrack (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, recorded as Toshiyuki Honda & The Burning Waves notables albums for the Electric Bird Label whose Burnin' Wave is the first : Opa! Com Deus (1979), Easy Breathing (1980), Boomrang Year and Spanish Tears (1981). He also played for bassist Isao Suzuki on Mongolian Chant (1980) and enrolled Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Roy Haynes for Dream (1984). Titles include various styles from Jazz Funk (Burnin' Waves & Thunder Kiss), Afro Cuban (Havana Candy feat. Pauline Wilson) to Samba Funk (São Paulo & 747 Wind Flight). 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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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Yuji Ohno & Galaxy - Captain Future (Original Soundtrack)


Year : 1979
Label : Nippon Columbia
Genre : Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Funk, Disco

The legendary japanese soundtrack composed by Yuji Ohno and performed with the Galaxy band featuring Takao Naoi, Eiji Arai, Takeru Muraoka, Jake H Concepcion and Pepe Anai. Produced in the late seventies, the Space Opera 'Captain Future' was one of the first animated serie broadcasted outside Japan and known a great success around the world. This serie is based on stories of Edmond Hamilton which were published in the Pulp Magazine between 1940 & 1951. Space Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz & deep grooves served by the Korg Synthesizer and its particular sound. Titles include Space Jazz Funk tunes Andromeda No Kanata Ni & Kirameku Inner Space, opening & ending theme (Yume No Funanori, Poplar-Doori No Uchi), the songs Oira Wa Sabishii Spacemen & Ok! Captain with the chorus from Sendai.

If you can't find original LP, a CD reissue is available and abolutely recommended : 39 tracks compilation, an addition of unreleased tracks not contained in the original edition with another great pearls jazz funk tunes as Mishiranu Wakusei or Captain No Gaisen.

Yuji Ohno_electric piano, Korg synthesizer
Minoru Kuribayashi_organ
Takao Naoi & Kiyoshi Hagiya_electric guitar
Michio Nagaoka_electric bass
Yasushi Ichihara_drums
Pepe Anai_percussion
Takeru Muraoka_tenor saxophone
Jake H Concepcion_alto saxophone
Tetsuo Fushimi & Susumu Kazuhara_trumpet
Eiji Arai_trombone
Isao Kaneyama_vibes

And others...

01. Yume No Funanori - Opening
02. Andromeda No Kanata Ni
03. Uzumaku Sargasso
04. Nagareboshi No Dance
05. Toki No Lost World
06. Shinobi Yoru Invader
07. O-Yasumi Future Man
08. Oira Wa Sabishii Spacemen
09. Kirameku Inner Space
10. Toumei Wakusei E Warp
11. Astronaut No Toki
12. OK! Captain
13. Icarus No Hoshi
14. Youki Na Alien
15. Ijigen No Eden
16. Poplar-Doori No Uchi - Ending

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Reuben Wilson - Got To Get Your Own


Year : 1975
Label : Cadet Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

Soul Grooves & Jazz Funk by one organist emblem of the Soul Jazz from the 60's. Personnel includes incredible talented players as the JB's saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, drummer Bernard Purdie, Houston Person (saxophone), Joe Newman & Jon Faddis (trumpet), Garnett Brown (trombone), Richard Tee (keyboards), Wilbur Bascomb, Jr. (electric bass). Arranged by Reuben Wilson & Brad Baker.

01. What the People Gon' Say
02. In the Booth, In the Back, In the Corner, In the Dark
03. Back Rub
04. Tight Money
05. Stoned Out Of My Mind
06. Together (You & Me)
07. Got to Get Your Own

Monday, October 3, 2011

Disk Union In Tokyo


Interesting shops where you can find everything according to your wishes...Used & New, CDs & Vinyls, a wide range of prices. I visited two shops in particular in Shibuya (SHIBUYA JAZZ/RARE GROOVE STORE, Shibuya-ku Udagawa-cho 30-7 Antena 21 Bldg) & Shinjuku (SHINJUKU JAZZ STORE, Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-31-2). I found this rare LP Terumasa Hino Quartet' Alone, Alone and Alone in the Shibuya shop.


Disk Union Jazz
Rare Groove/J-Jazz/Latin & Bossa Nova
Disk Union Latin, Brazil
World Music/Brazilian & Latin Beats
Disk Union Black
Soul/Funk/Rhythm & Blues
Disk Union Club Music Online
Hip-Hop Jazz & Old School/J-Hip-Hop/Mixtape
Disk Union Rock Web Shop
60's-70's Rock & Pop/Indie/Alternative

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower


Year : 1970
Label : CTI
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

One of Bossa Nova' leader movement, Antonio Carlos Jobim emerged from this Brazil movement of the early sixties. He was wellknown for his contribution to famous Stan Getz albums as Jazz Samba 1962, Getz/Gilberto 1963. Jobim at his peak with Stone Flower, his own version of Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, featuring some of the best CTI musicians as Joe Farrel, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Deodato, Airto Moreira. Titles include Ary Barroso' Brazil reprise, the others tracks are original compositions of Jobim. All tracks arranged by  Eumir Deodato and recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

Antonio Carlos Jobim_piano, electric piano, guitar
Harry Lookofsky_violin
Joe Farrell_soprano saxophone
Urbie Green_trombone
Hubert Laws_flute
Ron Carter_double bass
João Palma_drums
Airto Moreira_percussion
Everaldo Ferreira_conga
Deodato_electric piano, guitar

01. Tereza My Love
02. Children's Games
03. Choro
04. Brazil
05. Stone Flower
06. Amparo
07. Andorinha
08. God And The Devil In The Land Of The Sun
09. Sabia

Guru - Jazzmataz Vol.1


Year : 1993
Label : Chrysalis
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz

Guru from the Hip-Hop band Gangstar (with DJ Premier) is a precursor in Hip-Hop Jazz. Jazzmataz is a another classic of this movement with special jazzmen guest. Among Guru'collaborators are Roy Ayers (vibes), Courtney Pine (flute, saxophone), Lonnie Liston Smith (Keyboards), Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Donald Byrd (trumpet & piano), Ronny Jordan (guitar). Arranged, produced and mixed by Guru, cuts by DJ Jazzy Nice (on Transit Ride) & DJ Jimmy Jay (on Le Bien, Le Mal).

01. Introduction
02. Loungin
03. When You're Near
04. Transit Ride
05. No Time to Play
06. Down the Backstreets
07. Respectful Dedications
08. Take a Look (At Yourself)
09. Trust Me
10. Slicker Than Most
11. Le Bien, Le Mal feat. MC Solaar
12. Sights in the City

Sunday, October 2, 2011

ShinSight Trio - Moonlight Sunrise


Year : 2011
Label : Bad News Records
Genre : Hip Hop/Electronic
Style : Hip Hop Jazz

The ShinSight Trio's new album is a international Hip-Hop project with the collaboration of several MC : Geronimo MC from Germany, Moby Dee from France, US (Dagha, Shazzo, SayLove, Sendu, Educated Advocates), Japan with Hip-Hop Band Midicronica & SKY-HI, Soft Lipa from Taïwan. An eclectic album and quite different than the two others with electronica beats and Hip-Hop jazz/soul. All cuts performed by DJ Ryow, music written & arranged by Shin-Ski, lyrics by Insight, produced by ShinSight Trio.

01. Keep Rockin It (feat. Sondu)
02. Higher Velocity
03. Times Like These
04. Ocean Skyline (feat. SayLove, Sondu)
05. Stay On Track
06. We Got Soul (feat. Geronimo MC)
07. Rhyme Physics (feat. Midicronica, SKY-HI)
08. Take Stride (feat. Educated Advocates)
09. Rush (feat. Dagha, Shazzo)
10. Peace, Love and Happiness (feat. SayLove)
11. Music Is Magic (feat. Soft Lipa)
12. Do Da Dance
13. Can’t Forget HipHop (feat. Moby Dee)

The Roots - Organix


Year : 1993
Label : Remedy Records
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz

The Roots was formed in 1987 by the rapper Tariq Black Thought Trotter and the drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson from Philadelphia. Organix is their debut album and a reference of Hip-Hop Jazz sound. Their particularity is to play with musicians on stage and to sample their own music studio.

Tariq Trotter_voice
Joshua Abrams, Leonard Hubbard_bass
Chuck Treece_guitar
Ahmir Thompson_keyboards & drums
Scott Storch, Marc_keyboards

01. The Roots Is Comin'
02. Pass The Popcorn
03. The Anti-Circle
04. Writers Block
05. Good Music (Preclude)
06. Good Music
07. Grits
08. Leonard I-V
09. I'm Out Deah
10. Essawhamah? (Live At The Soulshack)
11. There's A Riot Going On
12. Popcorn Revisited
13. Peace
14. Common Dust
15. The Session (The Longest Posse Cut In History, 12:43)
16. Syreeta's Having My Baby
17. Carryin' On

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm


Year : 1990
Label : Jive
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Conscious, Funk/Soul

One of 100 best Hip-Hop album, among most influencing, with the classic tune Can I Kick It ? (with the sample of Lou Reed' Walk On The Wild Side). Like on The Low End Theory, their next LP, the DJ (Ali Shaheed Muhammad) use a lot of Jazz & Funk samples from the seventies. After this record Jarobi White left the band.

01. Push It Along
02. Luck Of Lucien
03. After Hours
04. Footprints
05. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
06. Pubic Enemy
07. Bonita Applebum
08. Can I Kick It ?
09. Youthful Expression
10. Rhythm (Devoted To The Art Of Moving Butts)
11. Mr. Muhammad
12. Ham 'N' Eggs
13. Go Ahead In The Rain
14. Description Of A Fool

Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man


Year : 1971
Label : Flying Dutchman
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Soul Jazz/Funk
 

Gil Scott-Heron (vocal & spoken words) is surrounded by famous jazz musicians among Brian Jackson (keyboards), Bernard Purdie (drums), Ron Carter (bass) & Hubert Laws (flute & saxophone). A Soul Jazz album with the poetry, the involvement & the commitment from a voice concerned by the social and political issues of his time . His most wellknown LP.

01. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
02. Save The Children
03. Lady Day And John Coltrane
04. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
05. When You Are Who You Are
06. I Think I'll Call It Morning
07. Pieces Of A Man
08. A Sign Of The Ages
09. Or Down You Fall
10. The Needle's Eye
11. The Prisoner

The Pazant Bros. & The Beaufort Express - Loose And Juicy


Year : 1975
Label : Vanguard
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

A very rare LP, the only album from a funky brass band. In fact, a replay of their debut recording between 1969-1971 (Skunk Juice, Work Song, A Gritty Nitty, New Orleans...) under the name of Pazant Brothers : Eddie Pazant (saxophone) and Alvin Pazant (trumpet) from The Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers.

Aaron Thompson_bass
Perry Smith_drums
Harry Jensen_guitar
Ray Chew_keyboards
Pablo Lundrum_percussion
Pete Yellin_tenor saxophone
Mike Terry_trombone

01. A Gritty Nitty
02. Back to Beaufort
03. Loose and Juicy
04. Clabber Biscuits
05. Toe Jam
06. Work Song
07. Spooky
08. Skunk Juice
09. You've Got to Do Your Best
10. New Orleans

Yuji Ohno Trio - LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ] - The 3rd Funky & Pop


Year : 2001
Label :
VAP
Serie : LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ]
Genre : Jazz
Style :
Big Band, Cool Jazz
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap 

Yuji Ohno Trio with the same line-up than the two previous album (Yoshio Suzuki, Kenichiro Murata, Tatsuji Yokoyama) plus new guests, also the last album with the original formation before Yoshio Suzuki left the band . The musical approach is different as suggests by the title Funky & Pop : some groovy and pop rhythms with cool jazz, played by a large Big Band supporting the trio. Titles include classics songs composed for Lupin The 3rd serie (Theme From Lupin III, Treasures of Time & Zenigata Rock), some originals from the seventies as Mayflower plus new compositions of Yuji Ohno.

Makoto Hirahara_
alto & bariton saxophone
Atsushi Tsuzurano_tenor saxophone
Kazuhiko Kondo_
bariton saxophone
Shin Kazuhara, Yuji Osada, Norio Koyama_trumpet
Eijiro Nakagawa, Masanori Hirohara, Masaki Domoto_trombone

01. Theme From Lupin III
02. Woman from Memphis
03. Treasures of Time
04. Mayflower
05. Tell Me Baby
06. Zenigata Rock
07. The Third
08. Hey!Mr.Lucky
09. Memory of Smile
 

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