Friday, January 22, 2016

Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - New Herd

Year : 1974
Label : TBM
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Big Band, Contemporary Jazz

Recorded straight away after their live performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1974, the "most wanted" eponymous album of Miyama, is played in the same way as the Buddy Rich or Woody Sherman big bands, including jazz covers from Miles Davis (Donna Lee), Chic Corea (La Fiesta) and some japanese musical folk expressions (FurisodeKappa Shijo). The Toshiyuki Miyama's New Herd Big Band name was probably given in tribute to the legendary Thundering Herds, formed in the late forties by Woody. New Herd album is a "must-have" cleverly combining Big Band style with Jazz Funk, in particular on the amazing killer groove song "Sniper's Snooze", which inspired Cut Chemist, the interlude track "React" on the third album of Jurassic 5 (Power Numbers). Recorded 27 September 1974 at Aoi Studio, Tokyo.

Toshiyuki Miyama_leader, conductor
Kiyoshi Takano_piano, electric piano
Kozaburo Yamaki_guitar, arranger 
Masaaki Ito_bass
Isao Yomoda_drums
Koji Suzuki, Atsuo Shirai, Mamoru Mori, Seiji Inoue_reeds 
Masamichi Uetaka, Takahide Uchida, Takashi Hayakawa, Teruhiko Kataoka_trombone
Fumio Shirayama, Kazumi Takeda, Shigeru Kamimori, Yoshikazu Kishi_trumpet

01. Theme
02. Donna Lee
03. Sniper's Snoose
04. Furisode (A Long-Sleeved-Kimono)
05. Kappa Shijo (A Poetic Sentiment For A Kappa)
06. La Fiesta
07. Theme

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