Saturday, April 1, 2017

Native Son (Self-Titled)

Year : 1979
Label : Infinity records
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk, Latin Jazz

"Native Son" is a Japanese fusion band formed in 1978 when the crossover jazz "boom" was at climax in Japan. From the late seventies to the mid-eighties, they had met an international audience, when they were regularly on stage in Europe (Montreux Jazz Festival '83) and in the USA. Led by pianist Takehiro Honda featuring saxophonist Kohsuke Mine, drummer Hiroshi Murakami and later joined by trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura, the group released from 1978 to 1987, seven albums whose the record hit "Savannah Hot-Line" in 1979. Their music includes some Latin ("Whispering Eyes" feat. Damião Gomes De Souza), caribbean styles (Wind Surfin), Funk elements (Super Safari) and "Heat Zone" a variation on "Spirits Flow" taken from "Another Departure" (1977).  All tracks composed by Takehiro Honda.

Takehiro Honda_electric piano, clavinet & Synthesizer  
Kohsuke Mine_tenor & soprano saxophones
Tamio Kawabata_bass 
Motonobu Ohde_guitar
Hiroshi Murakami_drums
Damião Gomes De Souza_cuica

01. Bump Crusing
02. Heat Zone
03. Breezin' & Dreamin'
04. Wind Surfing
05. Whispering Eyes
06. Twilight Mist
07. Super Safari
08. Whispering Eyes (Reprise)

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