Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ryo Kawasaki - Juice

Year : 1976
Label : RCA
Genre : Jazz, Fusion
Style : Jazz Funk
"Juice" is the first official US release of Ryo Kawasaki, a Jazz Funk bijou recorded & mixed in New York in 1976. It shows off one skillful fusion, brilliantly introduced by the track "Raisins" (reminiscent of The Headhunters style), including deep grooves, Boogie Funk with electronic sounds & disco breaks, the aftermath from the James Brown & Herbie Hancock influences. The other titles include the funky climax "East Side Boogie", "The Breeze And I" (a kind of Samba Funk), "El Toro" with its powerful & dynamic beat and "Andes", all under the remarkable pulse from bassist Stu Woods. "Juice" keeps some influences on nowadays music as its recycling, naturally, in the Hip-Hop sphere : thus "Raisins" & "Bamboo Child" were sampled by various contemporary rap artists such as Kool G Rap or Puff Daddy. Furthermore, "Raisins" was also included in the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack, broadcasted on the fictional radio station "Fusion FM" in 2008. All tracks composed & arranged by Ryo Kawasaki, except "The Breeze And I" by Al Stillman & Casado Lecuona.

Ryo Kawasaki_lead guitar
Stu Woods_bass
Jimmy Young_drums
Tom Coster_keyboards, synthesizer
Muhammad Abdullah_percussion
Hugh McCracken_rhythm guitar
Mike Lipskin_percussion, synthesizer
Sam Morrison_saxophones, flute
Andy Laverne_piano

01. Raisins
02. Sometime
03. The Breeze And I
04. East Side Boogie
05. El Toro
06. Bamboo Child
07. Andes

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