Saturday, November 22, 2014

George Otsuka Trio - Page 2

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Modal

George Otsuka is a japanese jazz drummer, among the best, who was the main inluence of the current jazz quartet "Sleep Walker". For "Page 2", he received in 1969 the "Grand Prix" from the Japan Jazz Awards. "Page 2" was included in a three serie records released by the legendary modern Jazz trio  formed by drummer George Otsuka featuring pianist Hideo Ishikawa & bassist Masaoki Terakawa. The trio was active from 1965 to 1968, recording the masterpieces "Pages 1, 2 & Three" or Akira Miyazawa's "Now's The Time" in 1967.  Titles include the dancing tune "Hot Cha!" (Junior Walker) and the jazz standards "On Green Dolphin Street" with impressive modal improvisations, "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Blues By Five" (based on a version recorded in 1956 by the Miles Davis Quintet) & "Lament" (J.J. Johnson).

Hideo Ichikawa_piano
Masaoki Terakawa_bass
George Otsuka_drums

01. Hot Cha!
02. On Green Dolphin Street
03. I Fall In Love Too Easily
04. Blues By Five
05. Lament

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