Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Akira Ishikawa - The Count Buffalo (Memories Of A Drummer)

Tribute to the legendary japanese drummer, Akira Ishikawa (1934-2002) & his Count Buffalos, who were prolific on the japanese Jazz Fusion scene from the late sixties to the end of the seventies. This compilation brings together some tracks produced by Akira Ishikawa during this emblematic period, precisely between 1968 - 1975. Best known as bandleader for the Japanese version of rock musical ‘Hair’, from Broadway, Akira Ishikawa started in the mid-fifties when he joined the Akira Miyazawa's Modern All Stars and later the New Herd big band conducted by saxophonist Toshiyuki Miyama. Akira was also an active member of various japanese Jazz formations such as Ace 7 or the famous 'Freedom Unity' quintet, formed with his friend pianist, Hiromasa Suzuki. After a trip in eastern Africa, Akira introduced several traditional African percussions in his music, in order to create a kind of Afro-Jazz fusion including Rock, Funk/Soul & Psychedelia as evidenced the Bakishinba & Uganda albums.

Compiled & Mixed by Be Hard Bop

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