Friday, November 13, 2015

Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - Elevation

Year : 1970
Label : Toshiba
Serie : Express
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Funk/Soul, Spiritual

Gorgeous rare groove gem that this second album of The Beat Generation, led by one of most famous japanese flutist, Toshiaki Yokota from Sound Limited, arranged by the jazz master, Masahiko Satoh, and featuring Takeshi Inomata, Hideo Ichikawa & Jun Suzuki, all supported by strings. Unlike their following album, the experimental "Flute Adventure", released in 1971, Elevation is more characterized by a pop oriented sound in a kind rock "baroque" style occurred by the Ichikawa's harpsichord playing. Titles include covers (What'd I Say) and originals composed by Yokota (Elevation, On The Road), Inomata (Curved Navel) & Ichikawa (How Long Have I Been Waiting For You). All tracks arranged by Masahiko Sato.

Toshiaki Yokota_flute
Hideo Ichikawa_keyboards
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Jun Suzuki_bass
Takeshi Inomata_drums
Larry Sunaga_percussion

01. Elevation Part 1
02. On The Road
03. Easy To Be Hard
04. And When I Die
05. Curved Navel
06. What'd I Say
07. How Long Have I Been Waiting For You
08. You Are My Way Of Life
09. Elevation Part 2

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