Friday, November 23, 2012

Kiyoshi Sugimoto - Guitar Method

Year : 1972
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Method Series/Master Sonic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Moods, Pop

A Cover album of great rock/pop standards revisited by great japanese jazzmen, Kiyoshi Sugimoto (guitar) & Hiromasa Suzuki (keyboards) from Columbia Japan Method Series. The fusion of jazz & pop beats with electric guitar solo, psychedelic organ, strings section & horns big band. The Suzuki' arrangements reminiscent of the approach taken by Creed Taylor for his CTI label : a straight ahead jazz way. A touch of Jazz Rock with Santana' Everybody's Everything, Led Zeppelin' Black Dog, The Moody Blues' The Story In Your Eyes & T-Rex' Get In On without forgetting some vintage tunes & ballads pop from 60s/70s of John Lennon, The Carpenters, Cher or Elton John. Performed by Kiyoshi Sugimoto & The Hiromasa Suzuki Orchestra. All tracks arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki.

Kiyoshi Sugimoto_guitar
Hiromasa Suzuki_piano & electric piano

01. Everybody's Everything
02. Questions '67 And '68
03. Madman Across The Water
04. Sweet Caroline
05. It's Me That You Need
06. Imagine
07. Black Dog
08. It's Too Late
09. Get In On
10. Gypsys Tramps & Thieves
11. The Story In Your Eyes
12. Super Star


Akira Ishikawa - Drums Method

Year : 1972
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Method Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic Moods, Pop

Akira Ishikawa's Jazz Rock Progressive album recorded for the Nippon Columbia Method Series in the same recipe as the  Takeshi Inomata' Drum Method. Surrounded by All Stars Big Band, conducted by Hiromasa Suzuki (also on keys), Akira Ishikawa offers us a new reading in Jazz variations, of the classics from Pop Music & Rock 'N' Roll, including cover songs of Chicago, Deep Purple, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac or The Beatles. Titles includes psychedelic grooves, great breakout solos powerful bass sound & Heavy Metal, all arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki.

01. Questions '67 And '68
02. Spinning Wheels
03. Lowdown
04. Bridge Over Trouble Water
05. Black Night
06. America
07. Black Magic Woman
08. 25 Or 6 To 4
09. It's Me That You Need
10. Come Together
11. Let It Be
12. Mamy Blue


Barney Kessel - Hair Is Beautiful

Year : 1968
Label : Atlantic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

One of the finest guitarists who played  in different styles from bebop to easy listenning & pop music. He appeared in several jazz group as the Oscar Peterson Trio, played with Artie Shaw, Charlie Byrd, was sideman for Milt Jackson, Oliver Nelson and Sonny Rollins. He also collaborated to Beach Boys' Pet Sound LP in 1966, worked for Phil Spector and others pop bands as The Monkees. In 1968 Kessel moved to London where he recorded this album.
Barney KesselIke Isaacs_guitar 
Tony Campo_bass guitar 
Barry Morgan_drums
Kenny Salmon & Steve Gray_organ

01. Aquarius   
02. Frank Mills   
03. Where Do I Go?   
04. I Got Life   
05. Walking In Space   
06. Ain't Got No   
07. Easy To Be Hard   
08. Hare Krishna
09. Good Morning Starshine
10. Donna
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