Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 9

The compilation series dedicated to the Golden Age of the Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. The volume 9 celebrates the Groove into the Boogie sphere, highly tinted of Slapping Bass, Disco Rhythms & Funky Beats, including thirteen tracks recorded between 1974-1980 featuring Kimiko Kasai, Jiro Inagaki, Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Toshiyuki Miyama, The Soul Media, Teruo Nakamura, Mieko Hirota, Ryo Kawasaki, Akira Ishikawa, Toshiyuki Honda, Shunzo Ohno, The Count Buffalos, Hiroshi Fukumura & Sadao Watanabe

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Be Hard Bop - Brazilian Tapestry Vol. 1 To 4

Be Hard Bop's mixtapes from volume 1 to 4 of "Brazilian Tapestry" are available for free download for a limited time (includes front covers). The Compilation series which brings together essential latin grooves from the Brazil '60 & '70, ranging from Bossa Nova, Jazz Funk to Samba Rock & MPB, including the emblematic sound of Tropicália movement & psychedelic music. It features the Kings & Queens of Brazilian Pop (Wanderléa, Vanusa, Wilson Simonal, Erasmo & Roberto Carlos), main actors of Tropicália (Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil & Tom Zé), international artists (Quincy Jones, Deodato, Airto Moreira), and of course the masters of Bossa (Baden Powell, Marcos Valle, Jorge Ben, Chico Buarque, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis Regina). All tracks are recorded between 1965-1976.

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Takehiro Honda Trio - The Trio

Year : 1970
Label : Trio Records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Modal

Recorded with engineer Okihiko Sugano, the second solo album of Takehiro Honda is his first in trio formation featuring drummer Fumio Watanabe (brother of Sadao) & bassist Yoshio Suzuki. "Chin" Suzuki was his regular bassist from 1969 to 1972, recording no less five albums whose his debut album and This is Honda. Titles include "This Guy's In Love With You" composed by Bacharach, the Jazz standard "Fall In Love Too Easily" and three original compositions by Honda : the modal "Hakai To Jojyo", CMT & T and Emergency (maybe inspired by Tony Williams who will play later with Honda). 

Takehiro Honda_piano
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Fumio Watanabe_drums

01. This Guy's In Love With You
02. Hakai To Jojyo
03. Fall In Love Too Easily
04. CMT & T
05. Emergency


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet - Matrix

Year : 1970
Label : RCA/Victor
Serie : Modern Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Modal, Spiritual

Recorded in 1969, best known under the 1977 US reissue by Catalyst Records, Matrix is the first album as a leader of Masabumi Kikuchi featuring Tetsuo Fushimi & Hideyuki Kikuchi (if one ignores the album duet with Terumasa Hino in 1968). Matrix is obviously a masterpiece, released after significant experience years as sideman, close to various Jazz masters, it was conceived, reciprocally, on the saxophone overtones occurred by Hideyuki Kikuchi alongside Akio Nishimura on tenor. The track list constits in great variations selection of standards & covers rearranged with brio by Kikuchi, from Chick Corea (the amazing piano run "Matrix"), the modal "On A Green Dolphin Street" (based on the 1958 Miles Davis version), the Jazz Rock Baroque (Kikuchi using harpsichord) "If I Said The Sky Was Falling" composed for the TV drama "Matte Masu Wa" by Sadao Watanabe, and the bossa "Black Orpheus" composed by Luiz Bonfa, including two own compositions that completes magnificently the album : the original ballad, reminiscent of John Coltrane, "Little Aby", & "In Fourth Way".

Masabumi Kikuchi_piano
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Hideyuki Kikuchi_alto saxophone
Akio Nishimura_tenor saxophone
Hironori Takiya_bass
Takahiro Suzuki_drums

01. Matrix
02. Little Aby

03. On Green Dolphin Street
04. If I Said The Sky Was Falling
05. In Fourth Way
06. Black Orpheus


Friday, December 18, 2015

Giuliano Sorgini E I Visconti - Under Pompelmo

Year : 2015/1973
Label : Cinedelic Records/Montecarlo
Genre : Jazz, Prog Rock, Funk/Soul, Stage & Screen
Style : Jazz Rock, Music Library, Psychedelic

Legendary Milanese killer groove album, reminiscent of the swinging London from the late sixties, reissued by italian label Cinedelic and originally released in 1973 on Montecarlo. Under Pompelmo contains some best elements from typical soundscape of crime films, including acid organ & fuzz guitar with pop overtones (Echos From Canyon, To Rebound), Funk/Soul (Wandering Man), psychedelic rock (When I See You) and a hypnotic jam session approaching 17 minutes. Giuliano Sorgini is an italian composer and pianist specializes in music for TV programs (Scappo Per Cantare), b-movies (Non Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Morti) and various documentaries produced for RAI (Gli Animali...Che Simpatia ; Pauline, Il cavallo Sapiente). All tracks conducted & arranged by Giuliano Sorgini.

Giuliano Sorgini_piano, organ
Marcello Caruti Atonelli_bass
Luigi Massari & Massimo Tonson Latour_guitar
Franco Romagniello_drums

01. Under Pompelmo
02. Echos From Canyon
03. To Rebound 
04. Wandering Man 
05. When I See You
06. Honda


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Be Hard Bop - Brazilian Tapestry Vol. 4

Volume 4 of the compilation series dedicated to the essential sound of the Brazil '60 & '70, including Latin Grooves, MPB, Psychedelic Music & Tropicália featuring Lalo Schifrin, Maria Bethânia, Tom Zé, Caetano Veloso, Bossa Três, Raulzinho, Edú Lobo, Á Tribo, Joyce, Guilherme Coutinho, Zito Righi & more...All tracks recorded between 1966-1976.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Be Hard Bop - Spicy Reggae Island

Tropical Jazz, Funk & Caribbean Flavors coming from Jamaica to Japan by France & USA. A reading of Reggae by the masters of Jazz featuring Ryojiro Furusawa, Eumir Deodato, Herbie Hancock, Teruo Nakamura, Sadao Watanabe, Ahmad Jamal, Idris Muhammad. Includes also various Jamaican/Carribean artists incorporating Jazz & Soul in Reggae music : Ernest Ranglin, Fabiano Orchestra (Guadeloupe), Monty Alexander, Rico Rodriguez, Cedric Brooks and Max Romeo. All tracks released between 1973-1980.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

George Otsuka Quintet - Sea Breeze

Year : 1971
Label : Union/Teichiku Records
Serie : Young Generation Music
Genre : Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Modal, Jazz Funk

Masterpiece of Hard Bop/Modal Jazz by George Otsuka Quintet featuring Hideo Ichikawa, Takashi Mizuhashi, Takao Uematsu & Shunzo Ohno. George plays with his regular pianist, since 1965, in charge of all compositions (except The Beatles song), to the point of wondering whether Sea Breeze would not rather a Ichikawa's project. The young Shunzo Ohno completes the formation and demonstrates, at just 22 years, that he's one of best japanese jazz trumpeter from his generation. Sea Breeze includes a variety of styles, with cool & mellow atmosphere, centered around the Fender rhodes, associated to funky rhythms (Potato Chips) & Hard Bop (Jumping cats), Modal (Fool On The Hill), gospel & spiritual styles (Cannibal).

George Otsuka_drums
Hideo Ichikawa_electric piano 
Takashi Mizuhashi_bass
Takao Uematsu_tenor, soprano saxophone
Shunzo Ohno_trumpet, flugelhorn

01. Sea Breeze
02. Fool On The Hill
03. Cannibal
04. Potato Chips
05. Jumping Cats


Maki Asakawa - Asakawa Maki No Sekai (Maki)

Year : 1970
Label : Express
Genre : Jazz, Folk Rock, Latin Jazz
Style : Pop, Bossa Nova, Avant-Garde

Maki Asakawa was a prolific blues & jazz songstress, cantor of japanese counter culture, who recorded over 30 albums between 1970-2010, her first decade being marked by american psychedelia & folk music. Asakawa Maki No Sekai (literally "the world of Maki"), is an approach of various musical genres mastered by this versatile artist, singing as well as Pop, Jazz, Latin, Folk & Rock 'N' Roll music. Supported by some experienced musicians such as Masaru Imada, Jiro Inagaki & Yokouchi Shoji, she associates compositions of the Jazz arranger  Kozaburo Yamaki to the lyrics of the emblematic avant-garde poet, Shuji Terayama. This first Maki's testimony consists in studio & live recordings ranging from Jazz, Bossa Nova, Acid Folk & Psychedelic Rock, including also some japanese modern folk vocal's overtones (Enka). All tracks composed & arranged by Kozaburo Yamaki except Kamome by Osamu Kitayama, the New Orleans traditional "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", and Tombe La Neige by Adamo.

Maki Asakawa_vocal
Masaru Imada_organ, piano

Masanaga Harada_bass 
Kohsuke Ichihara_flute, saxophone
Jiro Inagaki_saxophone, flute
Yokouchi Shoji, Kozaburo Yamaki_guitar
Chico Kikuchi_drums

01. Yo Ga Aketara
02. Fushiawase To Iu Na No Neko
03. Sabishisa Ni Wa Namae Ga Nai
04. Chiccha Na Toki Kara
05. Zenkasha No Kurisumasu
06. Akai Hashi
07. Kamome
08. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
09. Tombe La Neige
10. Ai Sanai No Ai Senai No
11. Jūsannichi No Kinyōbi No Burūsu
12. Sanga Ariki


Toshiko Akiyoshi Quintet - Toshiko At Top Of The Gate

Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Bossa Nova

Recording live by the best known japanese pianist, Toshiko Akiyoshi (ex-wife of saxophonist Charlie Mariano, spotted by Oscar Peterson in 1952, first record with the same in 1953), performed during a concert at the Top of the Gate, the jazz club of the Village Gate Theater located in Greenwich Village. Her quintet is based on first class musicians, among the best renowned like Kenny Dorham & Ron Carter, playing in the Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers way, including Hard Bop arrangements and Bossa Nova rhythms on How Insensitive & Morning of the Carnival. The first side contains only Toshiko's songs, while the side b is devoted to standards & covers plus another original, "Elegy". This album features among the Sleep Walker's favorites, Phrygian Waterfall being included in their Jazz compilation made for Nippon Columbia.

01. (Introductions)
02. Opus No. Zero
03. First Night
04. Phrygian Waterfall
05. Let's Roll in Sake
06. How Insensitive
07. Morning of the Carnival
08. The Night Song
09. Willow Weep for Me
10. My Elegy


Toshiaki Yokota, Primitive Community - Primitive Community


Year : 2013/1971
Label : Think! Records/EMI
Genre : Jazz, Folk
Style : Jazz Rock

Primitive Community (Genshi Kyodotai) is a band especially formed for a mystical project created by Yoshiaki Yokota, in the line of the Beat Generation, ranging from Free Jazz to Jazz Rock, by Folk & African music. As the front cover suggests Primitive Community consists in an sophisticated avant-garde fusion, in a kind of theatrical way, materialized by ethnic music, Psychedelia and mixed with hypnotic tribal percussions, fuzz guitar & acid organ. Titles include only originals composed & arranged by Yokota plus cover of The Beatles "Flying".

Toshiaki Yokota_indian, alto & bass flute
Shunzo Ohno_trumpet
Yusuke Hoguchi_Hammond organ
Kimio Koizumi_bass
Kimio Mizutani_guitar
Chito Kawachi_drums
Pedro Umemura, Tadaomi Anai, Larry Sunaga_percussions
Fujio Sato, Minoru Ishiyama, Yoshinori Nohmi_percussions

01. A Forbidden Ceremony
02. Devil's Tears
03. Hare Krishna
04. Savannah
05. Flying
06. Black Narcissus

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