Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ryo Kawasaki Orchestra - Easy Listening Jazz Guitar


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

Debut album of the best known jazz guitarist outside Japan, playing in quartet formed with Yuji Ohno, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiroshi Murakami supported by arranger Norio Maeda plus strings ensemble. Ryo Kawasaki started young prodigy professional in the late sixties as member in the first incarnation of the Jiro Inagaki's Soul Media (1970-1971) and in the Takeshi Inomata's Sound Limited, two prominent prolific Jazz Rock formations in Japan during the early seventies. Settled in New York from 1973, he recorded several fusion albums to the eclectic styles (whose the renowned "Mirror Of My Mind" released in 1979), exploring Rock 'N' Roll as well as Funk & Soul, Latin, Spanish folk (Flamenco) and even Indian music. Ryo Kawasaki was also a popular sideman for many jazz giants including Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton or Cedar Walton, after gained an international recognition when he joined the Gil Evans Orchestra for "Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix" album in 1974, originally planned with the legendary rock guitarist. In the mid-80s, Kawasaki turns to the electronic music in conceiving software musical programs for computers.  As the title suggests "Easy Listening Jazz Guitar" consists of mainstream jazz from Bossa to Pop Music including various pop cover songs of Burt BacharachThe Beatles or The Mamas & The Papas, and jazz standards by Henri Mancini, Jimmy Webb or 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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