Friday, November 8, 2013

Tadayuki Harada And His Group - Playboy's Theme

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova, Pop, Easy Listening

Sweet mood of debut album as a leader for Takt Jazz Series New Stream In Jazz collection from Nippon Columbia. Born into a family of jazz musicians (his father and his brother were jazz drummer), saxophonist Harada is one of most Japanese Jazz Greats. Between 1955-1957, Harada was involved in Nobuo Hara' Sharps & Flats and later joined The West Liners with Takeshi Inomata (1957-1966). In 1964, he played in Toshiko Akiyoshi' Japan Jazz All Stars  among a set which features notable musicians as Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb,  Hiroshi Suzuki & Terumasa Hino, on future classic of the pianist : Toshiko & Modern Jazz. Then moved to US in 1966, where he become a studio musician in Los Angeles. Harada was credited on several artists productions such as the prestigious Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Helen Merrill, Salina Jones or Sammy Davis Jr. After this american experience, Harada formed his own band The Hearts in 1971, and played in groups like Norio Maeda' Wind Breakers but also Takeshi Inomata & The Third (1979).

Harada is surrounded by a large group of musicians featuring the entire formation of Inomata' West Liners among Masaru Imada, Sadanori Nakamure, Tetsuo Fushimi, Tatsuro Takimoto, Ichiro Mimori & Shigeo Suzuki, all supported by a string ensemble conducted by great arranger Norio Maeda. Titles include classics of Bossa Nova from Jorge Ben & Edu Lobo, covers pop songs from Bobby Hebb, Burt Bacharach or the Monkeys, and some Jazz standards as the Zawinul' Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

Tadayuki Harada_baritone saxophone
Shigeo Suzuki_alto saxophone
Hiroshi Okazaki_alto saxophone & flute
Ichiro Mimori & Yoichi Kanai_tenor saxophone
Tetsuo Fushimi & Kazutoshi Okubo_trumpet
Norio Maeda & Masaru Imada_piano
Takeshi Inomata_drums
Tatsuro Takimoto_bass
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Yonosuke Segami_percussion

01. Theme From The Monkees
02. Sunny
03. Cinnamon And Clove
04. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
05. The Look Of Love
06. Going Out Of My Head
07. Playboy's Theme
08. Constant Rain (Chove Chuva)
09. For Me
10. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

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