Monday, August 31, 2015

Joe Henderson In Japan

Year : 1973 
Label : Milestone Records
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Post Bop, Bossa Nova

Live recording performed at the Junk Club (Tokyo) in 1971, by american saxophonist Joe Henderson & his japanese rhythm section, formed in trio with some best players of their generation : Hideo Ichikawa, Kunimitsu Inaba & Motoko Hino. "In Japan" was originally released on Milestone Records in 1973, it include two jazz covers from Thelonious Monk (Round Midnight) & Kenny Dorham (Blue Bossa), plus Henderson's originals, whose a variation of his In 'N' Out song called Out 'N' In.

Joe Henderson_tenor saxophone
Hideo Ichikawa_electric piano 
Kunimitsu Inaba_bass
Motohiko Hino_drums

01. Round Midnight
02. Out 'N' In
03. Blue Bossa
04. Junk Blues


Friday, August 28, 2015

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 7

Compilation series dedicated to the Golden Age of the Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. The following of the Volume 2 bringing together other titles ranging from Bossa Nova & Jazz Samba including Jazz standards & cover songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jorge Ben, João Gilberto & Edu Lobo, featuring Konosuke Saijo, Sadao Watanabe, Shungo Sawada, Takeshi Inomata, Yuji Ohno, Akira Ishikawa, George Kawaguchi, Keitaro Miho, Hozan Yamamoto & Toshiaki Yokota.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Friday, August 14, 2015

Helen Merrill - Bossa Nova In Tokyo

Year : 1967
Label : VICTOR
Genre : Latin Jazz
Style : Bossa Nova

The third album recorded in Japan by Helen Merrill with the Sadao Watanabe Quintet featuring Masabumi Kikuchi, Isao Suzuki & Masahiko Togashi, arranger Norio Maeda plus strings ensemble. The band replays the Bossa Nova's greatest hits among others, original compositions  from the master Antonio Carlos Jobim as So Danço Samba, How Insensitive or Agua Di Beber, just as some Japanese Pop (Yume Wa Yoru Hiraku, Shinjite Itai) & Jazz standards (Fly Me To The Moon, The Shadow Of Your Smile). All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12) & Sadao Watanabe (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10), recorded at Victor Studios, Tokyo.
Helen Merrill_vocal
Sadao Watanabe_alto saxophone, flute,
Masabumi Kikuchi_piano
Isao Suzuki_bass
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Masahiko Togashi_drums
Hideo Miyata_cabasa

01. Fly Me To The Moon
02. The Boy From Ipanema
03. The Shadow Of Your Smile
04. So Danço Samba
05. La Chanson D'Orphée
06. Yume Wa Yoru Hiraku
07. A Man And A Women
08. How Insensitive
09. Johnny Guitar
10. Agua Di Beber
12. Shinjite Itai


Helen Merrill Sings The Beatles

Year : 1970
Label : VICTOR
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Pop, Jazz Vocal

Helen Merrill sings the classic tunes of the Beatles featuring Masahiko Sato, Yasuo Arakawa & Takeshi Inomata ! Often compared to Billie Holiday for his voice, Helen Merrill is the last great lady of jazz still alive, admired in japan, she was among the first western artist to sing in japanese tongue. Since 1954, she has recorded over 40 albums, including several records with japanese musicians during the sixty years decade : In Tokyo (1963) & Sings Screen Favorites (1968) with the Takeshi Inomata West Liners group, Sings Folk with the flutist Hozan Yamamoto, Bossa Nova In Tokyo with the Sadao Watanabe Quintet, Plaisir d'Amour (1968) feat. Akira Miyazawa, Shungo Sawada, You Tokuyama & Sposin' (1971) with Gary Peacock Trio (Masahiko Sato & Motohiko Hino)‎. Sings The Beatles was entirely recorded in Japan at Victor studio and arranged by Masahiko Satoh.

Helen Merrill_vocal
Masahiko Sato_piano
Yasuo Arakawa_bass
Takeshi Inomata_drums
The Singers Three_chorus

And More....

01. Let It Be
02. Lady Madonna
03. Because
04. The Word
05. Norwegian Wood
06. Here There And Everywhere
07. Golden Slumbers
08. And I Love Him
09. In My Life
10. Mother Nature's Son
11. If I Fell
12. I Want You


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Be Hard Bop - Brazilian Tapestry Vol. 3

More Latin Grooves from the Brazil '70 with Jazz Funk, Bossa Nova & MPB featuring Marilia Medalha, Eumir Deodato, Di Melo, Tom Zé, Airto Moreira, Walter Wanderley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso & many more...All tracks recorded between 1967 &1974. 

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop
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