Monday, May 21, 2012

Toshiaki Yokota & The Beat Generation - Flute Adventure

Year : 1971
Label : King Records
Serie : NEWS
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic, Bossa Nova

Flute Adventure is the third and concept album recorded by The Beat Generation, a japanese avant-garde jazz rock group influenced by the psychedelic movement, the french symbolism & american counterculture. The group consists of Hideo Ishikawa, Sadanori Nakamure plus some members from the Count Buffalos such as Kimio Mizutani, Larry Sunaga & Masaoki Terakawa, led by the flutist Toshiaki Yokota. Toshiaki Yokota is one of the most finest shakuhachi player, a pioneer of Jazz Flute who introduced the japanese bamboo flute in modern music with Minoru Muraoka & Hozan Yamamoto, he was member of various jazz rock groups as The Sound Limited or the progressive rock band, Love Live Life. The First side is a tribute devoted to the Arthur Rimbaud's poetry, called le soleil était encore chaud (track 1 to 4), a Jazz Rock suite characterized by african influence, psychedelia, free improvisations & electric sounds. The side B offers to us a Brazilian moment between Bossa Nova & Jazz Samba, including original Yokota's tune Ofélia ; Samba De Orfeu (based on Black Orpheus (Orfeu da Conceição)), a classic composed by Vinicius de Moraes and played in a kind of Samba Rock fusion form ; Orfeu Negro ; and at last, an amazing re-interpretation of Reza coupled with his Ending Samba.
Toshiaki Yokota_ flute (Indian, alto & bass)
Kimio Mizutani_electric guitar
Kinio Sato_bass
Antonio Ishida_drums
Larry Sunaga_percussion
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Masaoki Terakawa_bass
Hideo Ishikawa_ piano
Pedro Umemura_percussion
Eiji Narushima_percussion
Nobuyuki Murakami_guitar

01. Clair Déluge
02. Cimmerie
03. Bal Des Pendus
04. Nuit De L'enfer
05. Ofelia
06. Samba De Orfeu
07. Orfeu Negro
08. Reza~Ending Samba


John Patton - Accent On The Blues

Year : 1969
Label : Blue Note
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz

Hard Bop & funky tunes by one famous Soul Jazz actor, sideman for Lou Donaldson on several Blue Note albums between 1962 to 1964. 'Big' John Patton and his Hammond B3 organ played in quartet formation featuring Leroy Williams, James Ulmer and Marvin Cabell. Marvin offers three of his own compositions (Captain Nasty, Village Lee & Lite Hit), the others titles including Rakin' And Scrapin' by Harold Mabern, a reprise of Eddie Harris' Jazz standard, Freedom Jazz Dance (popularized by Miles Davis) and Soul cover Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Aretha Franklin).Produced by Francis Wolf and recorded at studio Rudy Van Gelder.

John Patton_organ
James Ulmer_guitar
Leroy Williams_drums
Marvin Cabell_tenor saxophone, flute

01. Rakin' And Scrapin'
02. Freedom Jazz Dance
03. Captain Nasty
04. Village Lee
05. Lite Hit
06. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream

Takehiro Honda - Reaching For Heaven

Year : 1977
Label : JVC
Genre : Jazz
Style : Fusion

Recorded during the same session, May 2 & 3 1977 at Vanguard Studio in New-York, with the same legendary line-up formed by Ron Carter & Tony Williams, Reaching For Heaven is the first Takehiro Honda's recording outside Japan. Titles include various interpretations of Jazz Sandards from Oliver Nelson, Horace Silver or Bobby Hutcherson & one original composition from Honda (Lazy Dream), all served by great solo performances of Ron Carter & Tony Williams. Produced by Kiyoshi Itoh and Yukio Morisaki.

Takehiro Honda_piano
Ron Carter_bass
Tony Williams_drums

01. Ostinato
02. Little B's Poem
03. Lazy Dream
04. Beautiful Love
05. You Are My Heart's Delight
06. Peace

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