Sunday, March 16, 2014

Masabumi Kikuchi - Poo-Sun

Year : 1970
Label : Philips
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion, Avant-garde Jazz, Contemporary Jazz

One of the finest Japan Jazz Fusion LP, recorded by familiar jazz pianist associated to keyboardist Hideo Ichikawa from Count Buffalo band. Kikuchi, better known with the nickname of Poo, started as professional in the late 50's, was influenced by Mc Coy Tyner , was sideman for Sadao Watanabe during the sixties, former member of the Terumasa Hino Quintet, worked alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, renowned jazzmen as Elvin Jones, Gil Evans, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis (on stage in Japan) and many more. As the Hino' Hi-Nology, Kikuchi adopted here the "Electric Miles" concept, surrounded by a great sextet-combo formed around Kohsuke Mine, Motohiko Hino & Yoshio Ikeda. Titles include the representative Kikuchi style Dancing Mist, tribute to Elvin Jones (E.J.), the jazz ballad Yellow Carcass In The Blue and the jazz rock Puzzle Ring, followed by the short piano piece, My Companion. All tracks composed and arranged by Masabumi Kikuchi excepted Puzzle Ring by Masahiro Kikuchi.

Masabumi Kikuchi_piano, electric piano
Hideo Ichikawa_organ, electric piano
Kohsuke Mine_soprano, alto saxophone
Yoshio Ikeda_bass
Motohiko Hino & Hiroshi Murakami_drums
Keiji Kishida_percussion

01. Dancing Mist   
02. Thanatos   
03. E.J.   
04. Yellow Carcass In The Blue   
05. Puzzle Ring
06. My Companion

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