Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hiromasa Suzuki - High-Flying

Year : 2016/1976
Label : HMV Jazz/Nippon Columbia
Serie : Deep Jazz Reality, Project Re:Vinyl
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Funk

The reissue of crossover jazz masterpiece "High Flying" from the Yusuke Ogawa's Deep Jazz Reality series for HMV Jazz label. Recorded by master Hiromasa "Colgen" Suzuki (one leader of the post-jazz rock era during the seventies in Japan), "High Flying" was produced by Jiro Inagaki, the man who was the footbridge between the Jazz Rock and the Jazz Funk periods, with his group the Soul Media. Suzuki was an active member of the Jiro Inagaki's band, collaborating on several records (whose the classic "Head Rock" in 1970), and in charge of arrangements on the "Funky Stuff" album in 1975. To support Suzuki, the best players of the Jazz Fusion discipline were recruited, as keyboardist Jun Fukamachi, bassist Akira Okazawa, guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto, percussionist Larry Sunaga and drummer Shuichi "Ponta" Murakami. Titles include the disco-funk tracks "Scramble" & "Straight Flash", Screwdriver, Between O&M (reminiscence of the Herbie Hancock style), and Out Of Focus featuring scat songtress Kayoko Ishu, selected by Kyoto Jazz Massive for their "Shibuya Jazz Classics - Kyoto Jazz Massive Collection" compilation. All tracks composed and arranged by Hiromasa Suzuki.

Hiromasa Suzuki, Jun Fukamachi_keyboards, synthesizer, piano
Jiro Inagaki_saxophones, flute
Akira Okazawa, Kenji Takamizu_electric bass
Fujimaru Yoshino, Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Masayoshi Takanaka_electric guitar
Shuichi Murakami_drums
Larry Sunaga_percussion
Kayoko Ishu_vocals

01. High Flying feat. Kayoko Ishu
02. Screwdriver
03. Scramble
04. Between O&M
05. Smash
06. Straight Flash
07. Out Of Focus feat. Kayoko Ishu

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