Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Isao Suzuki Trio/Quartet - Blow Up

Year : 1973
Label : TBM
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Avant Garde, Progressive Jazz

The "Jazz Godfather", responsible of more 50 albums, has gained a lot of experience playing alongside Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald or Ron Carter, before contribute to the development of the japanese fusion & the Progressive Jazz movement, throughout the seventies. For his first solo steps, Suzuki recruited two japanese jazz greats, Kunihiko Sugano & George Otsuka, as well as support of the sideman, Takashi Mizuhashi (session bassist for TBM label), passing from the trio to a quartet formation when he plays cello. Many times awarded, the timeless Blow Up still remains a reference and an essential for all Japanese Jazz fans. Titles include three compositions of Suzuki, the cello piece Aqua Marine, the funky eponymous track, Blow Up,  & Low Flight, the pop standard Everything Happens To Me, the Errol Garner's Like It Is in the New Orleans style and I Can't Get Started by Vernon Duke. All tracks arranged by Isao Suzuki, on tracks 1, 3, 5 & 6, Takashi Mizuhashi is added.
Isao Suzuki_bass & cello
Kunihiko Sugano_piano & electric piano
George Otsuka_drums
Takashi "Gon" Mizuhashi_bass

01. Aqua Marine
02. Everything Happens To Me
03. Blow Up
04. Like It Is
05. I Can't Get Started
06. Low Flight

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