Monday, November 30, 2015

Shunzo Ohno - Something's Coming

Year : 1975
Label : EW
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Fusion

Miles Davis's most inspired album by trumpeter Shunzo Ohno, his first recording outside Japan featuring Masabumi Kikuchi & the giant jazz drummer Roy Haynes. Indeed, Something's Coming is one of the finest tribute to the Miles Davis's Jazz Funk/Rock era (as evidenced the title-track), happened between 1968-1974 (also called Electric Miles), and more precisely from Miles In The Sky to Get Up With It albums. So it is not surprising to see him to evolve alongside Cedric Lawson & Reggie Lucas, both were sidemen for Miles during this emblematic period. Titles include only compositions by Shunzo Ohno, recorded at Basement recording studio, New York.

Shunzo Ohno_trumpet
Masabumi Kikuchi_organ
Cedric Lawson_keyboards
Don Pate_bass
Reggie Lucas_guitar
Roy Haynes_drums

01. Something's Comming
02. You Dig That ?
03. I Remember That It Happened
04. But It's Not So


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Be Hard Bop - New Stream In Jazz Vol. 8

Compilation series dedicated to the Golden Age of the Japanese Jazz scene through the years 60-70's. This volume includes thirteen tracks ranging from Soul Jazz, Hard Bop & Jazz Funk styles, all recorded between 1967 and 1977, featuring Eddie Daniels, Toshiaki Yokota, Shoji Yokouchi, Jiro Inagaki, the Tokyo Cuban Boys, Kazuo Yashiro Trio, Takeshi Inomata, George Otsuka Quintet, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Hideo Ichikawa Quartet, Terumasa Hino, Norio Maeda, Hiroshi Suzuki and Okihiko Sugano.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Be Hard Bop For Mascarade Records - Sunday Roast # 4 by Be Hard Bop

The fourth chapter of the Sunday Roast # mixtape serie compiled & mixed by Be Hard Bop, broadcasted on mixcloud for Mascarade Records, Sunday, November, 15, 2015. From Brazil, USA to Japan by Africa, discover this amazing selection of International Funk Music including rare soul grooves recorded between 1964-1974, featuring Roberto Carlos, Eddie Boe, Jimmy Takeuchi, Spanky Wilson, Peter King, Gilberto Gil, The Isley Brothers, Gal Costa & more.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Giovanni Tommaso - Vivere A : Tokio Città Del Paradiso

Year : 2015/1972
Serie : Original Cast
Genre : Jazz, Funk/Soul
Style : Music Library, Stage & Screen, Jazz Rock

Giovanni Tommaso is a italian studio bass player, Jazz composer & arranger, who professionaly started in 1957. During the seventies, he was prolific in music library, collaborating to the Sandro Brugnolini & Stefano Torrossi productions and composing several TV soundscapes. Giovanni Tommaso also played for various prestigious Jazz Masters such as Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer or also Sonny Rollins for the Studio Uno show, broadcasted on RAI TV from 1961 to 1966. This "impossible to find" of cult Italian library from 1972, finally reissued by SONOR, was entirely composed by Giovanni Tommaso for an italian documentary focused on the capital city of Japan. It features some uncredited musicians who played with him in this session among Antonello Vannucchi, Gegè Munari & Silvano Chimenti. Vivere A : Tokio Città Del Paradiso includes some typical elements of folk music from Far East, melded with psychedelic accents and played in the Jazz Rock style. It foreshadows the future sound of the Italian Progressive/Jazz Rock group '70, Perigeo, whose Giovanni was a main member.

Giovanni Tommaso_bass, organ
Antonello Vannucchi_organ
Gegè Munari_drums
Silvano Chimenti_guitar

01. Vivere A Tokio
02. Rituale N.1
03. Geisha '71
04. Yamanaka Lake
05. Sopraelevata N.1
06. Square Dance In Tokio
07. Rituale N.2
08. Underground Number Seven
09. Cherry Blossoms
10. Vivere A Tokio (Solo Flauto)
11. Green Kimono


Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media, Tokyo Cuban Boys - Quad Dimension/Rock'N Latin

Year : 1971
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Master Sonic
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Pop, Latin Rock

An umpteenth recording session performed by Jiro inagaki & His Soul Media, released in 1971, arranged by Jazz producer Takeo Ogawa, and backed by the most famous japanese Latin Big Band, the Tokyo Cuban Boys, formed in 1949 and conducted by Tadaaki Misago (they released over 200 albums between 1949 and 1980). Although less interesting than the Head Rock album, Quad Dimension/Rock'N Latin leaves however its mark by its originality and remains a well-made Jazz Rock fusion album including latin breaks, pop rhythms & some psychedelic mood. Titles include a variety of international Pop songs having had a great success in Japan (from The Beatles, Blood, Sweet And Tears to Fleetwood Mac & The Creedence), and also jazz standards as the Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock. All tracks arranged by Takeo Ogawa.

Tadaaki Misago_conducting
Jiro Inagaki_tenor saxophone
Ryo Kawasaki_guitar
Yasuo Arakawa_bass 
Masaru Imada_organ 
Takeshi Inomata_drums
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet
Tadayuki Harada_baritone saxophone
Shigeo Suzuki_alto saxophone
Takehisa Suzuki Shunzo Ohno_trumpet
Takashi Imai Shigemichi Domoto_trombone

01. 25 Or 6 To 4
02. Black Magic Woman
03. Bridge Over Troubled Water
04. 21 ST Century Show
05. Love Story
06. Spinning Wheel
07. Proud Mary
08. Watermelon Man
09. Up, Up And Away
10. Hey Jude


Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media - Wandering Birds

Year : 1971
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Master Sonic
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic

The Soul Media led by saxophonist Jiro Inagaki, supported by horn section & strings,  in another important japanese Jazz Rock chapter from 1971, including Heavy Rock, Jazz Funk & Pyschedelic Music. The formation expands with the introduction of new members, two prominent actors of the progressive & experimental japanese rock '70 scene, Kimio Mizutani (in groups Sound Limited, The Beat Generation) & Hiro Yanagida (Shinki Chen & His Friends, April Fool), the female rock singer Sammy & special guest Masahiko Sato in person. Titles include the two Wandering Birds sung by Sammy, Do It! , the psychedelic trip "Parajika" & the funky On the Grass both feat. Masahiko Sato.

Jiro Inagaki_tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Tsunehide Matsuki & Kimio Mizutani _guitar
Hiro Yanagida_organ
Hideaki Takebe_bass
Kiyoshi Tanaka_drums
Masahiko Sato_moog synthesizer
Sammy & Sawada Yasushi_vocal
01. Wandering Birds (Interlude)
02. After Noon
03. Parajika
04. Do It! 
05. On the Grass
06. Hyakunen Tattara
07. Wandering Birds


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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