Saturday, August 30, 2014

George Otsuka Quintet - Go On

Year : 1972
Label : TBM
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Modal 

The first solo step on the Three Blind Mice label by the great japanese drummer George Otsuka featuring Mabumi Yamaguchi, Takashi Mizuhashi, Toshiyuki Daitoku & the soulful expressions of Shunzo Ohno. After have evolved in the Toshiko Akiyoshi's Cozy Quartet and the Hidehiko Matsumoto Quartet (between 1961-1964), George Otsuka formed with Hideo Ichikawa & Masaoki Terakawa, his first legendary trio (active from 1965 until 1969), with whom he recorded the famous trilogy Page 1, Page 2 & Last Summer - Page 3 (released on Columbia Takt Jazz Series). Later, during the seventies, George sharing stage with Elvin Jones or Nana Vasconcelos, and was sideman for some notable jazzmen such as Hampton Hawes, Jack Dejohnette, Phil Wood or Miroslav Vitous. He recorded also in 1968 "Groovin' With My Soul Brother" alongside Roy Haynes & Ichikawa. In Japan, he was recruited by Isao Suzuki for the "Blow Up" album (TBM - 1973) and played in the Mabumi Yamaguchi Quintet. Titles include the Jazz cover Here's That Rainy Day by Jimmy Van Heusen, Isotope composed by Joe Henderson, the Ohno's title-track and two original compositions of Mabumi Yamaguchi.

Shunzo Ohno_trumpet & flugelhorn
Mabumi Yamaguchi_soprano & tenor saxophone
Toshiyuki Daitoku_piano
Takashi Mizuhashi_bass
George Otsuka_drums

01. Go On
02. Castaly 
03. Space Drive
04. Here's That Rainy Day
05. Isotope

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