Friday, February 10, 2017

Ryo Kawasaki - 1977 - Ring Toss

Ryo Kawasaki 
Ring Toss

01. Tane's Dream Part I
02. Suite In D
03. Sombrero
04. In A Sentimental Mood
05. Frostbite
06. Tane's Dream Part II / Tane's Dream Part III
07. Sarabande (From Suite In E Minor)
08. Bones

Alto Saxophone – Wilfredo Velez
Cello – Martha Siegal
Congas, Percussion – Abdullah Muhammad Abdullah
Drums – Buddy Williams
Electric Bass [Alembic] – Alex Blake
Flute [Bamboo] – Steve Gorn
Guitar [Electric, Steel String Acoustic, Classical, Koto], Arranged By – Ryo Kawasaki
Percussion, Other [Sound Effects] – Armen Halburian
Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Arp Odyssey, Arp String Ensemble], Arranged By [String Synthesizer] – Larry Willis
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute – Sam Morrison
Tabla – Badal Roy
Trombone – Charles Stephens
Trumpet – Billy Noftsinger, Otto A. Gomez
Vocals – Rhada Shottam

Recording: September, October 1977

Jazz fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki was born in Toyko, Japan, on February 25, 1947. Although he originally planned on becoming a scientist, Kawasaki put an end to his studies early on and concentrated solely on guitar, playing with a variety of Japanese jazz groups throughout the '60s. During the early '70s, Kawasaki had relocated to the United States (New York, to be exact), where he played regularly with such jazz notables as Gil Evans, Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton, and JoAnne Brackeen, and issued such solo releases as Juice, Ring Toss, and Nature's Revenge. Although he would issue several albums during the '80s (Little Touree, Ryo, Lucky Lady, etc.), Kawasaki had turned his back on musical performance and concentrated solely on penning music software programs for computers. Kawasaki also formed his own record label, Satellites Records, as he produced techno dance singles, but eventually returned back to his first love, releasing a steady stream of jazz releases once more, starting in the early to mid-'90s (Love Within the Universe, Sweet Life, Cosmic Rhythm, Reval, etc.). ~ Greg Prato



    1. Excellent! Is this from a CD remaster? Can't tell if it's that, or a fairly well-cleaned-up vinyl rip. What's with the weird changes in hiss levels on some of the quieter solo guitar tracks, does anyone know?