Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ryo Kawasaki - Easy Listening Jazz Guitar

Year : 1970
Label : Polydor
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Contemporary Jazz, Bossa Nova

First leader act by the best known jazz guitarist outside Japan, in a quartet formed with Yuji Ohno, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiroshi Murakami plus arranger Norio Maeda, evolving within a string ensemble. Ryo started in 1967, he was member of the first Jiro Inagaki's Soul Media and evolved in the Sound Limited group, two prominent & prolific Jazz Rock formations in Japan from 1970. During the seventies, he has passed most of his career in US,  where he was able to record several fusion albums to the eclectic styles (whose the renowned "Mirror Of My Mind" released in 1979), exploring Rock 'N' Roll, Funk & Soul, Latin and likewise Indian music & Spanish folk. Settled in New York from 1973, he had the opportunity to play, as sideman, for the most jazz greats among others : Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton or Cedar Walton. Later, he was recruited by Gil Evans to incorporate his famous orchestra, and thereafter, gained an international reconnaissance. In the mid-80s, Kawasaki turns to the electronic music in conceiving software programs for computers. "Easy Listening Jazz Guitar" includes Bossa Nova songs (I Love You, Sun Samba), pop covers from The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, The Mamas & The Papas, plus various standards by Henri Mancini, Jimmy Webb & Cole Porter

Ryo Kawasaki_guitar
Yuji Ohno_piano
Yoshio Suzuki_bass
Hiroshi Murakami_drums

01. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
02. We
03. And I Love Her
04. G Blues
05. I Love You
06. This Guy's In Love With You
07. The Shadow Of Your Smile
08. Sun Samba
09. Monday Monday
10. Michelle

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